Dog Registrations

Dog registration is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. All dogs should be registered with Council to ensure that effective dog control can be carried out.  All income generated from registration and expiations is dedicated to animal management and public safety, new initiatives to improve relationships between owners and other residents and recreational opportunities for pets and their owners.

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.

The registered owner of a dog must be over 16 years of age.

Dog Registration Form

For new dog registrations please complete Dog Registration Form 1&2 and attend in person to the City of Salisbury, 12 James Street, Salisbury or at the Ingle Farm Recreation Centre to make the necessary payments, show proof of identification and any applicable concessions.

Change of Address

To change your address or ownership of a dog, please complete a change of address or ownership form.

 

Registration Fees

Dog registration renewals and re-registrations can be paid online by clicking this link. (Note: new dog registrations can not be processed online).

The City of Salisbury has elected to set its standard fee for the 2017 to 2018 registration period at $65. The increase is in line with changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act which allows Council’s to set their own dog registration fees to fully fund the current animal management services

The standard fee can be reduced if you are eligible for concession and the desexed dog discount. The concessions include 10% concessions to dog owners that take the extra care to have their dogs trained and /or microchipped. 

 

New fees for the 2017/18 Financial year are as below: 

 

Eligible benefit card holders receive a concession of 50% off the below fees

 

Standard Fee

$65.00

Desexed Dog

$39.00

Microchipped Dog

$58.50

Trained Dog

$58.50

Microchipped & Trained Dog

$52.00

Desexed & Trained Dog

$32.50

Desexed & Microchipped Dog

$32.50

Desexed, Microchipped & Trained Dog

$26.00

Other Concessions

Working or SAGRCB Greyhound Dogs*

$16.25

Guide, Disability Dogs (Evidence Required)

$0

 Dogs less than 3 months of age as at 1 January each year

50% discount 

Dogs (of any age) registered for the first time after 1 April each year

 50% discount

**Please note that a late fee of an additional 25% applies to any payment made after the final due date of 31 August 2017.

Keeping an unregistered dog is an offence under the Dog and Cat Management Act and fines apply for doing so.**

Concessions and Discounts 

Concession Cards

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

  • Pensioner Health Benefit Cards (or Pensioner Concession Cards) issued by the Commonwealth Government of Australia
  • Persons who are holders of a current State Concession Card issued by the Department of Health and Community Services

And to: 

  • T.P.I. War Pensioners
  • British Commonwealth Service Pensioners in receipt of a pension form, and assessed as eligible by the Department of Veteran Affairs
  • War widows, war widowed mothers, unmarried mothers of deceased unmarried serviceman whose circumstances are such that if the pension they were receiving was payable under the Social Service Act they would be entitled to a Pensioner Health Benefit Card (or a Pensioner Concession Card)
  • Persons who at the time of registration are in receipt of Commonwealth unemployment or sickness benefits or State financial assistance

**Proof is required for fee concessions**

 

Desexed Dog and Microchipped Dog

Dogs will be considered as desexed or microchipped only upon presentation respectively of veterinary certificates or microchip registration certificates issued specifically in respect to the dogs being registered. They need only be presented once - the concession will be applied in every subsequent year.

 

Trained Dog

As a responsible dog owner, you will receive a concession rebate for a dog that has reached and passed South Australian Canine Association (SACA) Grade 3. The guidelines for SACA Grade 3 are set out below. The evidence required for 2017 /18 will be a current year’s dog obedience club membership and a receipt for payment of club fees.

If you happen to be with a club not associated with SACA, you and your dog must have reached and passed a level that achieves a similar outcome to that of SACA Grade 3 outlined below.

Anyone having trained their dogs some time ago should contact their former club for a statement from them advising that you were a member of the club and the level that was reached during your time with the club.

SACA Grade 3 Level:

  • Heel on a short, loose lead of a higher standard than SACA Grade 2.
  • Dogs must drop on command without physical assistance.  This should be done on the move if possible, otherwise from a sitting position.
  • Stand stay - toes to toes.
  • Stand for examination in heel position.
  • Sit stay, handler at the end of a loose lead.  Longer distance and duration than Grade 2.
  • Recall using the command to "wait". 

 

Delta Society Australia

Members of clubs affiliated with the Delta Society will be able to obtain the trained dog concession provided they supply verification of training to levels comparable to those detailed above.

The relevant documentation needs only be presented once - the concession will be applied in every subsequent year.

 

Working Dog, SAGRCB Greyhound

Working dogs are primarily used for droving or tending stock. A concession fee applies where this can be demonstrated by documents such as tax records, copies of contract, etc. current in the previous 12 months. Greyhound concession fees only apply to dogs currently registered with the SA Greyhound Racing Control Board - current registration papers must be presented.

 

Guide, Hearing, Disability Dogs

The Guide Dog and Hearing Dog concessions will be applied after presentation of documentation supporting completed training with the Guide Dog Association of SA or Lions Hearing Dogs. The disability dog concession is only available upon presentation of two medical certificates, one from a specialist and any further information required by the Dog and Cat Management Board. The relevant documentation needs only be presented once - the concession will be applied in every subsequent year.

 

Puppies

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.

Dogs less than 3 months of age as at the 1 January each year are half price.

 

New Registrations after 1 April

All dogs registered for the first time after 1 April each year, regardless of age, will be eligible for a 50% discount of off the registrations fees for that financial year.

 

Services and Benefits of Dog Registration

All income generated from registration and expiations is dedicated to animal management and public safety, new initiatives to improve relationships between owners and other residents, and recreational opportunities for pets and their owners. Services and benefits paid for by fees include:

  • Identification of stray dogs and their return to their owners - numbered registration discs make either immediate return to owners or notification of the dog’s whereabouts possible.
  • Pound services - if owners of straying dogs cannot be immediately contacted, Council provides a clean facility for pets with food, water and protection from the elements and other dangers. This facility also provides an opportunity for unregistered dogs to be located by their owners. Unwanted dogs are sent to an animal shelter, providing every chance for them to be re-homed.
  • Controlling and reducing unwanted dog behaviours - this immediately serves to reduce the incidence of wandering dogs. Council’s professional officers also investigate and resolve complaints of barking and nuisance behaviours, most often cooperatively through guidance to owners. Similarly, these officers control the number of dogs on each property, the use of guard dogs, containment of dangerous dogs and leashing control of dogs in public places. They also investigate and prosecute incidents of dog attack.
  • Services from the Dog and Cat Management Board - twenty per cent of all fees collected are contributed to the Board, which provides invaluable central services, including an enquiry service on all matters relating to responsible pet ownership, extensive information publication and wide media promotion.
  • Dog attacks more than halved- in 2001, Salisbury Council was the first in South Australia to make leashing of dogs mandatory in all open spaces, parks, roads and footpaths to reduce the incidence of dog attacks in the City. In its first full year of operation, reported dog attacks were reduced by more than half. In 2003/04, a further 10% reduction was achieved.
  • Developing new resources for dogs and owners- dog friendly parks that allow for unleashed dog exercise have proven very popular and are very attractive resources. In 2009/10, the existing five parks were complemented by four new parks in the general areas of Salisbury Heights, Salisbury North, Mawson Lakes and Pooraka.

 

Closing Date for Payment of Registration Fees

Please note that all dogs must be registered by the time that they reach three months of age and then must be re-registered each financial year.  Payments should be made between 1 July and 17 August each year (with a final date to pay of 31 August).

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.

If the dog is not registered in either of these cases then a penalty of $220 can be imposed. In addition to this you will also need to pay the registration fee.  

 

Payment Options

Online

Dog registration renewals and re-registrations can now be paid online here. (Note: new registrations cannot be paid for online)

In Person

Please note: if you are applying for a concession, please remember to bring with you the appropriate documentation (see information above under Registration Fees).

Registrations can be paid in person at the following locations:

City of Salisbury
12 James Street
Salisbury SA 5108

Ingle Farm Recreation Centre
Beovich Road
Ingle Farm, SA 5098

Payment may be made by cash, cheque, money order, EFTPOS, Visa, Bankcard or Mastercard. 

By Telephone

Registration renewals can be paid by phoning 1300 401 578 during business hours and quoting your credit card details.

Please note: if you are applying for a concession, the appropriate documentation will need to be sighted by a Customer Service Officer (see information above under Registration Fees).

If any further details or information is required about the above, please contact the Inspectorate section on 8406 8221 during business hours.