Register a pet

Dog registration is mandatory in South Australia. If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn’t matter at what time of year your first registration is done.

It is not necessary to register a cat, however pet registration is compulsory for:

  • all dogs and cats to be microchipped

  • all new generations of dogs and cats (born after 1 July 2018) to be desexed (exemptions apply).

  • all dogs over three months of age.

Renewing an existing pet registration

Step 1.Get notified about renewal of registration 

You will receive your pet registration renewal by your preferred method of delivery, either email, SMS or post, with your renewal code. If you have not received your registration renewal notice by 15 July please contact Council on (08) 8372 5111 or log into Dogs and Cats Online to download your current renewal notice.  

Step 2.Make payment

Online

Pay now

By telephone

Registration Renewals can be paid by phoning (08) 8372 5111 during business hours, quoting your credit card details. (If you have more than one renewal notice you must pay each as a separate transaction).

In person

If you are applying for a concession, please remember to bring in your appropriate documentation to the City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley, between 8.30am–5pm, Monday to Friday.

Registering a new dog or cat

Step 1.When registering your new dog, please ensure that you have with you:

  • An email address (for online access)

  • Driver's license

  • Any concession cards (your card number will be automatically validated upon entry)

  • Microchip number (15 digits)

  • Desexing Certificate

  • Training Certificate (completed level 2, authorised by an recognised trainer).

Step 2.Log onto Dogs and Cats online

Dogs and Cats Online

Step 3.Select 'Register as New Owner'

If you don't have any registered dogs or cats or a log in to Dogs and Cats Online

Step 4.Enter your personal details

Include an email address and contact phone number

Step 5.Breeder registration

If applicable, for breeders of dogs or cats for sale

Step 6.Enter the dog and/or cat details

Upload certificates of desexing and microchipping

Step 7.Enter your payment details

If registration fees are payable. Cat registration fees may apply in some Council areas.

Step 8.Create a password 

Within 24 hours,following the link sent to your email

A standard dog is a dog that is both microchipped and desexed, attracting a 50% rebate off the full registration fee.
A non-standard dog is a dog that is not both microchipped and desexed, and attracts a full registration fee.


Fee
Non Standard Dog $90.00
Non Standard Dog - Concession $45.00
Non Standard Dog - Trained $72.00
Non Standard Dog - Trained - Concession $36.00
Standard Dog $45.00
Standard Dog - Concession $22.50
Standard Dog - Trained $36.00
Standard Dog - Trained - Concession $18.00
Accredited Assistance Dog no fee
Racing Greyhound $17.00
Working Livestock Dog $17.00
Business Registration (per dog) $90.00
OTHER FEES
Replacement Disc $10.00
Fee for Late Registrations $10.00
Multi Dog Permit Application Fee $57.00
Multi Dog Permit Variation Application Fee $29.00
Daily Holding Fee $55.00
Impounding Fee $150.00

Guide, Hearing, Disability Dogs

The Guide Dog and Hearing dog concessions will be applied to dogs that have been approved by the Dog and Cat Management

Board or one of the following entities:

  • Guide Dogs Association of SA

  • The Royal Society for the Blind of SA

  • Lions Hearing Dogs.

Please see the Dog and Cat Management Board to have your dog approved as a disability dog on Dogs and Cats Online.

Phone (08) 7111 3468

email dcmb@sa.gov.au

or visit the Dog and Cat Board website

Working Livestock Dogs

Proof that the dog is currently a working livestock dog, PIC Number, is required for this rebate.

Racing Greyhound

To be applicable for the rebate for a GRSA Racing Greyhound, a current racing number is required.

A concession fee is available to persons who are holders of current:

  • DVA Gold Card

  • Pensioner Card

  • Senior Health Care Card

  • Health Care Card.

Proof is required for fee concessions and your card number will be automatically validated upon entry.

From 1 July 2018, all dog registrations will be issued with a permanent registration number. This number will remain with your animal regardless if you change Council areas or transfer of ownership.

A lifetime disc will be forwarded along with your certificate of registration.

Guide, hearing and assistance dog concessions will be applied to dogs that have been approved by the Dog and Cat Management Board or one of the following entities:

  • Guide Dogs Association of SA

  • The Royal Society for the Blind of SA

  • Lions Hearing Dogs

Please contact the Dog and Cat Management Board to have your dog approved as an assistance dog.

Phone (08) 8155 5662

email dcmb@sa.gov.au

or visit the Dog and Cat board

Any changes that you need to make to your address, contact details, where your dog is staying, or if you are away for holidays, can be made on Dogs and Cats online.

For any other changes please contact the City of Unley by email or phone Council on (08) 8372 5111.

The microchipping of all dogs and cats is compulsory, irrespective of their date of birth.

Microchipping helps lost pets find their way home faster and is a simple procedure that can occur at any age.

Registered veterinary surgeons will be able to exempt a dog or cat from microchipping (or desexing) if satisfied the procedure would pose an undue risk to the health of the dog or cat, or adversely affect its growth, development or wellbeing.

If your pet is exempted, you can record this directly into Dogs and Cats Online.

The desexing of all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 is compulsory, by a registered veterinary surgeon. This must take place

  • before the pet is 6 months of age; or

  • within 28 days after the owner takes possession; or

  • if the owner is granted an extension of time, before the day specified.

Vets may also grant you a desexing exemption based on it posing an undue risk to the health of the dog or cat, or adversely affecting its growth, development or wellbeing.                                                                                                                               

For more information on desexing, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board.