Dog Registration
All dogs should be registered with the Council to ensure that effective dog control can be carried out. Without dog registrations the Council is unable to provide an effective service. Imagine for a moment what it what it would be like without dog control. People could not walk in the park or in the streets without fear of harassment from dogs. Attacks would increase as would the frustration of people who choose not to own a dog.

Your cooperation in registering your dog is the first step towards responsible dog ownership. Registration helps us trace owners of lost dogs.

All dogs must be registered when they reach three months of age and then reregistered each year on 1 July with an extended payment period between July 1 and August 31.


It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done. Reregistering is required on July 1 of each year. If the dog is not registered in either of these cases then penalties apply.

Application for Registration of a Dog

Dog and Cat Management Act 
Changes to the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 came into effect on 1 July 2004. The amended legislation included an increase in dog registration fees and the introduction of a late fee.

Apart from the compulsory 20% of revenue returned to the Dog & Cat Management Board, the Act also requires that any revenue raised from registration fees shall be utilised for dog and cat management with the emphasis on encouraging responsible dog ownership.

Barking Dog(s)
The Town of Gawler deals with approximately 200 dog noise complaints each year. Residents are encouraged in the first instance to try and solve the problem with the owner of the dog(s). The complaint procedures for barking dog(s) complaints are as follows:

1. Download Dog Noise Record Sheets or obtain it from the Customer Service Department at the Council Offices,

2. Complete the Dog Noise Record Form and hand back to the Customer Service Department when completed,

3. The dog management officer will then asses the 7 day diary and determine if the complaint is justified and sufficient evidence is obtained,

4. If further evidence is required, a door knock of the immediate area will commence to ascertain if further proceedings are justified,

5. If the complaint of the nuisance dog(s) is found to be justified, then council may proceed to do the following directions,
a. Issue an Expiation notice, (section 45a, subsection5)
b. Issue a Notice of Intention to issue an Order (section 52 of the Act)
c. Issue a Dog Control Order (section 50 of the Act)

Dog Noise Record Sheets          Dog Noise Complaint Form         Dog Noise Complaints - Fact Sheet

Dog Control(714 kb)  

Dog owners have a responsibility not only to their animal(s) but to the community. Respect and consideration between neighbors goes a long way in preventing problems with dogs.
Penalties apply for various offences.

Contact the council if you have lost or found a dog. Tel. 8522 9211  Email

Dog & Cat Management Plan
The Dog & Cat Management Plan document can be viewed by clicking on the following link.

The Town of Gawler Dog Fees
The following fees have been endorsed by the Minister and the Dog and Cat Management Board for the 2014-2015 Financial Year Dog Registration - Fees 2017-2018

89 Murray Street, Gawler SA 5118
Tel: 08 8522 9211