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Dog ownership

Dog ownership comes with a number of responsibilities including desexing, microchipping, registration, and appropriate socialisation and care. For more information about dog ownership, refer to Good Dog SA.

Dog ownership responsibilities start with ensuring you take the time to select an appropriate breed for your lifestyle, and continue those responsibilities throughout your dog’s life, particularly when taking your companion out into public spaces.

Dog registration

All dogs over the age of 3 months are required to be registered with your local Council. If you adopt a dog that is older than 3 months, it is required that you register it within 14 days of becoming the owner. If you are a dog breeder, or seller you must register as a 'breeder'.

Register your dog online at Dogs and Cats Online (DACO).

When you register your dog with DACO, you will be issued a ‘lifetime’ tag number. A tag will be posted to you by DACO, but you may display your dog’s tag number on any tag of your choice.

Registration expires on 30 June each year, with renewal notices issued by Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). If you don't receive your renewal notice by August get in touch with us on 8563 8444.

Registration fees

Dog registration fees are determined by Council on an annual basis and can be found in our Fees and Charges Register.

Registration payments can be made online (via DACO), or in person at one of our offices.


Exemptions may apply to mandatory desexing, eg. dogs born before 1 July 2018, and mandatory microchipping.


DACO can automatically validate concessions by entering your concession card number when registering your dog. A 50% concession fee is available to persons who are holders of current:

  • Department of Veteran Affairs - Gold or White Card
  • Pensioner Card - All
  • Senior Health Card
  • Health Card


A rebate is available for dogs that have undertaken obedience training. To be eligible for a rebate, your dog must be able to:

  • walk on a loose lead in a distracting or unfamiliar environment; and
  • recall on command while off-lead in an unfamiliar environment; and
  • sit, drop and advanced stay on command; and
  • remain calm and easily controlled around other people and other dogs; and
  • display greeting manners.

The rebate also applies to dogs used in pet therapy programs, (with relevant certification), or for the first year of registration for puppies that have completed a puppy pre-school class.

If you think your dog meets the above rebate requirements, get in touch with us before you register your dog.

Dogs in public

Your dog must remain on a lead when in a public space. Dogs can be exercised off-lead in any Council park, (unless otherwise signed), provided you have effective control of your dog with these 3 a must:

  1. your dog responds immediately to voice command
  2. your dog remains in close proximity to you
  3. you can see your dog at all times.

Picking up after your dog

When taking your dog out in public, you're responsible for immediately and appropriately removing your dog’s faeces. We provide dog bag dispensers at many of our recreation parks for your convenience. Failure to comply with this responsibility may incur a $210.00 fee.

Dog limits per property

Our By-laws state that up to two dogs are allowed per property within townships, and up to three dogs are allowed per property on rural or rural living properties.

Limits do not apply to rural properties where dogs are registered as 'working dogs' and their main purpose is tending or droving of stock.

If you wish to keep more than the number of dogs stated in Council’s By-law, you can apply for an excess dog permit.

Apply for excess dog permit

You may apply for a permit to keep an excess number of dogs on your property under the following conditions:

  • an application fee of $30 is to be paid
  • all dogs must be registered (via Dogs and Cats Online) within 7 days of the permit being issued
  • you may be subject to inspections by Council’s Authorised Officers
  • all applications will be subject to an internal approval process and may involve a process of consultation with immediate neighbours
  • submission of this application is not a permit and does not give permission to keep excess dogs at the property
  • all appropriate action must be taken to ensure that the dogs do not cause a nuisance to the neighbourhood
  • council reserves the right to revoke the permit at any stage if complaints are received regarding nuisance behaviour.

To apply for a permit, download and complete the permit to keep excess dogs application form and return it to Council for review.

Nuisance dogs

While dogs make great companions we understand that sometimes animal nuisance behaviour may occur and cause problems. We work with the community to mediate nuisance animal behaviours and educate on how best to avoid potential issues.

Excessive dog barking

Persistent and excessive dog barking can cause conflict between neighbours. If your neighbour’s dog barking is affecting you consider a calm and respectful conversation or letter directly with your neighbour to work together to find an effective solution. Refer to Good Dog SA for useful resources.

If the problem persists contact us to discuss, you may be issued with a ‘barking diary’ to record the excessive barking for Council officers to further assess and provide suitable advice and mediation appropriate to the situation.

In extreme circumstances, we may initiate enforcement action against the dog owner following the collection of necessary evidence.

Wandering dogs

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring their dog is safely contained to their property. A dog not under the effective control of their owner is considered to be ‘wandering at large’ which is an offence under the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995.

A wandering dog may pose a risk to themselves, other animals or people. If a dog is found to be ‘wandering at large’ and the owner can not be identified or located through registration or microchipping details the dog will be made safe at an impounding facility.

We will display a notice in our Nuriootpa office and online to attempt to reunite the dog with their owner, however, if the dog is not claimed it will be transferred to the Animal Welfare League where it will be assessed for its suitability to be re-homed.

Dog attack or harassment

Dog owners are responsible for their dogs’ actions including any damage or stress caused to people, animals or property. Dog attacks, harassment or chasing is an offence under the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995.

Get in touch with us if a dog attack or dog harassment has occurred, and provide us with the following information, where possible:

  1. date, time, and exact location
  2. description of the dog; breed, colour, sex, markings, collar, id
  3. description of the owner; male, female, age, hair colour
  4. description of any injuries to yourself or your pet
  5. any conversations that may have taken place.

Investigation of some cases may also require the supply of documentation such as doctor certificates, vet certificates, or bills.

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