Dogs

Dog registration

Animal registrations are due by 31 August each year.

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, we encourage you to renew online instead of visiting a council office.

Renew registration

Visit Dogs and Cats Online to renew registration, register a new animal, complete microchip/desexing records or notify us if the animal moves to a new address, dies or is missing for more than 72 hours. Transferring your dog or cat to a new owner? Transfer ownership online to another person. New owners must be provided with the certificate of registration (renewal notice) and transfer code.

Dogs and Cats Online


Fees and rebates 

The 2020/21 dog registration fees are:

  • $92.00 (or $46.00 for eligible concession card holders) for a non-standard dog. A non-standard dog is a dog that is not both microchipped and desexed. A non-standard dog also includes dogs who are exempt from microchipping and desexing.
  • $46.00 (or $23.00 for eligible concession card holders) for a standard dog. A standard dog is a dog that is both microchipped and desexed.
  • $31.00 (or $15.50 for eligible concession card holders) for a standard dog that has completed a training certificate level 2 or equivalent. 

 

Microchipping and desexing

The following are requirements of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Dogs and Cats must be microchipped before 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale.

Dogs and Cats born after 1 July 2018 must also be desexed before 6 months of age or within 28 days of ownership.

A veterinary surgeon may grant an extension of time to desex a dog or cat or exempt an animal from desexing or microchipping if it poses an undue risk to health or adversely affects the growth, development or wellbeing of the dog or cat.

Microchip details and desexing certification must be recorded on the statewide database Dogs and Cats Online.

Exercise and prohibited areas

Unfenced exercise areas

Unless otherwise signposted, our parks and reserves are available for the off-leash exercise of dogs (excluding playground areas), plus almost 10 kilometres of our foreshore.

Before deciding if your dog should exercise off leash you should consider if your dog listens to you and immediately obeys your voice commands, in all environments, even when your dog is distracted.

If you are not confident that your dog will respond and obey your voice or signals you should not allow your dog to exercise off leash. Alternatively you should place your dog on a leash.

When your dog is exercising off leash in a public place you must

  • Take responsibility for your dog
  • Supervise your dog
  • Ensure your dog is in close proximity and within eyesight
  • Prevent your dog from disturbing or harming people, birds or animals.

In addition to the map below, dogs are prohibited:

  • within 20m of any skate facility (excluding shared paths in that area)
  • in any playground
  • on any jetty
  • on any school, kindergarten, child care centre or pre-school grounds.

In addition to the map below, dogs must be on-lead:

  • on public roads, footpaths, car parks and private places (without the consent of the occupier)
  • on any shared path (paths used by pedestrians and cyclists)
  • when arriving/leaving foreshore areas.

 

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Dog owner responsibilities

  • Supervise your dog at all times
  • Ensure your dog is identified by its current registration disc
  • Pick up after your dog
  • Have effective control over your dog
  • Follow the information/instructions on council signs


Dog attacks

If you have been involved in a dog attack, you should seek medical or veterinary treatment as a priority.

When it is safe to do so, please report the dog attack to us during business hours on 8384 0666 or after hours on 8384 0622.

Lost, found and impounded dogs

My dog is lost

If your dog escapes your yard and is lost.

Check our impound list of found dogs below, in addition try the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League and local vets. 

Report your lost dog on Dogs and Cats Online this will assist us to return your dog when found. You may also wish to use social media to report your dog missing as another way to find your pet. 

Current impounded dogs (last 7 days)

RSPCA Reference Number: 161997

Impounded On April 09, 2021 12:40:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Birchenough Road, Huntfield Heights
  • Breed : Kelpie x
  • Colour : Tri colour
  • Sex : Female
  • Microchip Number : 991003000915616

RSPCA Reference Number: 1789504

Impounded On April 06, 2021 20:20:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Elizabeth Road, Christie Downs
  • Breed : Jack Russell
  • Colour : Tan and white
  • Sex : Male
  • Desexed : No
  • Additional Info : Grey face
  • Microchip Number : 953010002729197

RSPCA Reference Number: After hours

Impounded On April 05, 2021 18:30:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Walthamstowe Road, Old Noarlunga
  • Breed : Australian Cattle Dog - Stumpy Tail
  • Colour : Red
  • Sex : Female
  • Additional Info : Wearing an aqua material collar with the name 'Allie'
  • Microchip Number : 991003000710431

RSPCA Reference Number: 161863

Impounded On April 04, 2021 10:30:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Gillian Close, Noarlunga Downs
  • Breed : American staffy x
  • Colour : White
  • Sex : Male
  • Desexed : No
  • Additional Info : White with brown spots, brown patch over left eye.
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I've found a dog

If you have found a dog, please contact our office on (08) 8384 0666 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday or after hours on (08) 8384 0622.

Alternatively you can take the dog to your local vet if outside our business hours. 

Found dogs are checked for identification such as registration number, owners contact details or microchip details.

If the owner cannot be identified or contacted or the dog has been involved in an attack the dog may be impounded.

Our impound facilities are located at the RSPCA 25 Meyer Road, Lonsdale SA 5160. For shelter hours please visit the the RSPCA

Impounded dogs

If we find a dog and cannot identify its owner it will be impounded at the RSPCA.

If your dog is not registered, register your dog now.

Registration fees are applicable, please see the Schedule of Fees and Charges 2020-21.

Dog impound fees

A fee will apply on release of your impounded dog. The fee depends on the amount of time your dog is held. The fees are as follows:

Number of days impounded Fee
First day $71.50
Second day $126.50
Third day $181.50

After 3 days, an impounded dog may be placed for adoption with the RSPCA.

Microchipping impounded dogs 

Impounded dogs may be microchipped by law. A non-microchipped dog will be microchipped by the RSPCA when it is impounded. A fee of $22.00 is applicable and needs to be paid when you reclaim your dog.

Dog owners are encouraged to refer to Chipblitz for discounted microchipping. Bookable dates are available on the Chipblitz website.

All current impounded dogs are listed below.  To reclaim your dog you will need:

  • proof of ownership
  • identification ie drivers licence
  • to pay impound and microchipping fees (if your dog was not microchipped)
  • if your dog is not registered, register your dog

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Impounded dogs may be collected from the RSPCA at 25 Meyer Road, Lonsdale SA 5160
10am-4pm Monday, Wednesday - Friday (closed Tuesday)
10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday1300 477 722 (during opening hours)


Current impounded dogs (last 7 days)

RSPCA Reference Number: 161997

Impounded On April 09, 2021 12:40:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Birchenough Road, Huntfield Heights
  • Breed : Kelpie x
  • Colour : Tri colour
  • Sex : Female
  • Microchip Number : 991003000915616

RSPCA Reference Number: 1789504

Impounded On April 06, 2021 20:20:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Elizabeth Road, Christie Downs
  • Breed : Jack Russell
  • Colour : Tan and white
  • Sex : Male
  • Desexed : No
  • Additional Info : Grey face
  • Microchip Number : 953010002729197

RSPCA Reference Number: After hours

Impounded On April 05, 2021 18:30:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Walthamstowe Road, Old Noarlunga
  • Breed : Australian Cattle Dog - Stumpy Tail
  • Colour : Red
  • Sex : Female
  • Additional Info : Wearing an aqua material collar with the name 'Allie'
  • Microchip Number : 991003000710431

RSPCA Reference Number: 161863

Impounded On April 04, 2021 10:30:00

  • Street/Suburb found : Gillian Close, Noarlunga Downs
  • Breed : American staffy x
  • Colour : White
  • Sex : Male
  • Desexed : No
  • Additional Info : White with brown spots, brown patch over left eye.
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Barking dogs

Dogs are a part of our community and for many people, they are a source of companionship and enjoyment. 

Barking is a natural behaviour  for dogs, however persistent excessive barking, whining or howling can be a nuisance.

If you are concerned about the level and duration of a dog’s barking, we encourage you to take steps to work with the dog owner and/or our rangers to identify the cause of the barking and find a solution. 

Nuisance barking will be resolved when the underlying cause of the barking is addressed by the dog’s owner.

We understand it takes time to change a dog’s behaviour and will work with the dog owner and neighbours to resolve the issue.

Report a barking dog

Step 1. Speak with the owner

At times, dog owners are not aware that their dog is barking. A friendly approach may help the owner address their dog's barking quickly and avoid unnecessary dispute.

If you are uncomfortable approaching the dog owner in person, you can download our 'Dear Neighbour' postcard below or call us on 8384 0666 for a hard copy.

'Dear Neighbour' postcard(PDF, 215KB)

Please remember that changing a dog's learnt behaviour takes time and the amount of time will vary depending on the dog.

Step 2. Contact council

If contact with the dog owner is unsuccessful or the owner has been unable or unwilling to address their dog's behaviour, you can contact our Community Rangers on 8384 0666 to discuss your concerns and make a report.

Step 3. Gather information

On receipt of a report about a dog that is causing a barking nuisance we gather information to understand the dog’s behaviour, why the dog is barking, how often, when and for how long. 

This may involve:

  • meeting the customer and assessing the situation from their property
  • recording the dog barking
  • speaking with or visiting other neighbours to gather additional information.

Estimated time: about 7 days.

Step 4. Dog owner notified

The dog owner is notified of the report and provided with suggestions to resolve their dog’s barking based on the most likely cause.  Resources are provided to support behaviour change or confirm the cause and extent of the barking. 

Step 5. Monitor behaviour change

We will seek weekly feedback from you and share this with the dog owner. 

For example:

  • Has the barking reduced, stayed the same or got worse? 
  • What is the dog owner doing that is and is not working?

The monitoring stage may be extended to allow for continuous improvement of the dog’s behaviour to be recognised.

Estimated time: 3-5 weeks

Step 6. No improvement - evidence required for a Control (Barking Dog) Order

If the dog owner is unable or unwilling to address their dog’s nuisance behaviour and there is evidence of persistent nuisance, we may Order the owner to take all reasonable steps to prevent nuisance barking including engaging a behaviourist and undertaking a training course.

If we proceed to an Order, supporting evidence will be required to prove persistent unreasonable barking and its impact on neighbours.

This evidence can be in the form of:

  • a diary with date, time and duration of barking recorded
  • audio or video recordings
  • an impact statement; or
  • a combination of all three.

Before a Control (Barking Dog) Order is served, we must give the dog owner prior notice and consider any information they provide. 

Timeframe: 2-4 weeks

Step 7. Control (Barking Dog) Order served

When a dog owner has been served an Order and been directed to engage a dog behaviourist, we will check that this action has been taken.

Timeframe: Engaging a behaviourist and completing mandated training may take between 1-2 months.

Step 8. Barking continues after an Order is in place

If unreasonable barking continues after an Order has been served, further evidence will be gathered of the breach, including how often, how long and what impact it's having on neighbours.

Again, this evidence can be in the form of:

  • a diary with date, time and duration of barking recorded,
  • audio or video recordings.

The evidence is best documented in a statement that can be tabled in court. Guidance on documenting the barking and its impact can be taken from our example impact statement(DOCX, 22KB)

If the dog owner fails to meet the requirements of the Control (Barking Dog) Order:

  • an expiation notice may be issued for breaching the Order; and/or
  • prosecution may be initiated through the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) which can lead to strict controls being imposed on the dog, and/or temporary or permanent removal of the dog.

Estimated time: Briefing a matter before the court for prosecution or court ordered directions may take 12-18 months. 

Step 9. Resolution

The issue is resolved once persistent barking has been addressed and the barking no longer persistently interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of a person.

Once the barking issue is resolved an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the owner and neighbours, and the report will be closed.

If nuisance barking recommences we will re-open the report starting at the relevant stage.


Alternative remedies

The Dog and Cat Management Act provides for civil action against a dog owner.  Any person can take civil action; however this course of action can only be initiated by the complainant and not the City of Onkaparinga.

Mediation can help to resolve conflict and disputes at an early stage, with a view to avoiding the expense and stress of drawn-out legal proceedings. Contact Uniting Communities Mediation Service on 8342 1800 or visit www.unitingcommunities.org/mediation


My dog is barking

Identify why your dog is barking

Barking is a natural communication behaviour for dogs but excessive barking, whining or howling can be a nuisance to your neighbours.

Nuisance barking will only be resolved once the cause of the dog's barking has been addressed. A dog's persistent barking is a learnt behaviour and a result of an issue; therefore, it is very important to find out why your dog barks.

Check out our barking dog behaviour guide for helpful tips and suggestions.

Step 1. Ask your neighbours

If you are concerned about the level of noise your dog is making, we suggest speaking with your neighbour(s) who may be affected.

We provide neighbour-friendly postcards to put in their letterbox(es) asking for their feedback.

Download the postcard below or call us on 8384 0666 for a hard copy.

'Dear Neighbour' postcard(PDF, 211KB)

Please remember that changing a learnt behaviour takes time and the amount of time will vary depending on your dog.

Step 2. I need help

If you are unable to resolve your dog's barking behaviour, we suggest you contact your local vet or dog behaviourist.

If you would like to discuss the issue with a community ranger please phone 8384 0666 or email us at mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au.

Step 3. I have been served with a Control (Barking Dog) Order

You will be directed to engage a dog behaviourist and will be required to complete mandated training.

Step 4. If barking continues after an Order is in place

Further evidence will be gathered of the breach, including how often, how long and what impact it's having on neighbours.

If you fail to meet the requirements of the Order:

  • an expiation notice may be issued and/or
  • prosecution may be initiated through the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) which can lead to strict controls being imposed on the dog, and/or temporary or permanent removal of the dog.

Step 5. Resolution

The issue is resolved once persistent barking has been addressed and the barking no longer persistently interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of a person.

Once the barking issue is resolved an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the owner and neighbours, and the report will be closed.

If nuisance barking recommences we will re-open the report starting at the relevant stage.

To report a barking dog, please contact us on 8384 0666 or email mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au 

Additional dog application

You can keep two dogs on a residential property or three dogs on a rural property without a permit.

Apply for a permit to keep an additional dog by completing the additional dog application below.

Complete the additional dog application

Dog owners handbook

The Dog and Cat Management Board has published its latest edition of the Dog Owners’ Handbook which provides:

  • Information on how to care for your dog
  • Strategies to prevent your dog causing public nuisance or injury
  • Information on the legal requirements for owning a dog in South Australia