Dog and Cat Registration

Gawler Council has approximately 5,500 dogs currently registered in the area. The management of Dogs and Cats is a vital link between the community and Council.

New laws for all dog and cat owners...

New laws for cat and dog owners will come into effect on 1 July 2018. The laws and rules include:

  • Mandatory microchipping of cats and dogs.
  • Desexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018
  • New rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats
  • Introduction of a State-wide database, called Dogs and Cats Online.

These new laws and rules will simplify dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners, help identify and put a stop to puppy farms and reduce euthanasia rates.

From 1 July 2018, owners must microchip their dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale. Veterinarians may exempt an animal for medical reasons. Owners are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous discount microchipping days throughout the state. Visit for upcoming dates, locations and to make a booking. Alternatively, contact your local vet.

Dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018 must be desexed by 6 months of age or 28 days after purchase by the owner. Working livestock dogs as well as dogs and cats owned by registered breeders will be exempt from the requirement to desex, however will still need to be micro-chipped.

People who breed dogs and cats for sale after 1 July 2018 must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board as a breeder. Your breeder registration number must be included in all advertisements for a dogs and cats. There are new requirements to disclose the breeder registration number and other information to the buyer at the point of sale. All breeders are required to follow the new industry standards and guidelines. Dogs and Cats Online

From 1 July 2018, Dogs and Cats Online will be the central database for micro-chipped and registered dogs and cats and registration payments. Dogs and Cats Online will also be the register of breeders.

Existing dog owners should receive a renewal notice in the mail during July 2018 with their dog’s new lifetime registration disc (replacing the annual disc) and instructions on how to complete their annual dog registration on Dog and Cats Online. If you do not receive a renewal notice for your dog, please contact your council. test

Dog Information

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 re-registered on 1 July each year.


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

To ensure your dog is registered please read and remember the following information before completing the Dog Registration Form.

Council needs to sight: 1 x Photo ID such as a drivers licence, proof of age, passport etc. (Please see details on the dog registration form) or 2 x Documents such as a government utility bill, pension card etc.

For registration discounts to apply, proof of documentation is required for sighting such as:

  • desexing, micro-chipping and or training certificates, as outlined within the dog registration form
  • current concession card with your correct details on it.

Please remember if the form is not entirely completed and the required documents are not provided, Council is unable to process your dog registration and your dog remains unregistered and you risk being fined.

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 assess 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 under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995:
    1. Issue an Expiation notice
    2. Issue a Notice of Intention to issue an Order
    3. Issue a Dog Control Order

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.

Please notify Council if you have a deceased dog as this will ensure a renewal notice is not sent. You can notify council in the following ways:

Phone: 8522 9211

Cat Information

No, you are not bound by law to confine your cat at this stage. However, Council strongly recommends for the benefit of your cat, your neighbours and local wildlife that you keep your cat indoors at night.

Yes, as of July 1 2018, all cats are required by law to be microchipped and registered on Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). There is no charge for registering your cat if it lives within the Town of Gawler. Registration needs to be renewed each year on 1 July.  Cats without identification can be trapped either by the public or by Council. If your cat is unidentified and spends time outside, it is strongly recommended that you identify your cat with a collar, as well as the mandatory microchip.

Cat owners have a responsibility to ensure their cat does not become a nuisance to their neighbours. Council may take action against a cat owner in relation to their cat becoming a nuisance under the Dog and Cat Management Act. If your neighbour’s cat is becoming a regular nuisance, please contact Council to find out how Council may be of assistance to you. An unidentified cat may be trapped or caught and destroyed by an authorised organisation.

Many people claim cats can be repelled by scattering cayenne pepper, paprika, naphthalene flakes, or camphor around the garden although the results of doing so have not been proven. Citronella, eucalyptus oil or Dettol mixed with biodegradable cat litter and scattered around the garden is useful or try dribbling some of these solutions onto a tea bag or two or even some cotton balls and leaving them scattered around your garden. Commercial repellents such as Get Off My Garden and Skunk Shot are helpful. Your local pet shop, garden shop or hardware store may stock these commercial repellents.

Yes. You can trap or catch an unidentified cat but you cannot enter another person’s property to trap a cat without permission. Council Officers can advise you.

Yes. Council has traps available to residents for a maximum hiring period of two weeks, with a deposit and daily hire fee (please refer to the fee schedule) The deposit will be refunded in full if the trap is returned undamaged.

Yes. Gawler Council can arrange a pick up service provided they are trapped in one of Council's loaned traps.

No. However, in special circumstances i.e. Elderly or disabled residents, Council Officers will set up traps and assist with collection.

You must release the cat immediately. Their is a penalty for removing or interfering with the identification, a penalty may apply.

You may book a cat cage by telephoning Customer Services on 08 8522 9211. There is usually a waiting list for the cages, and your Customer Service Officer will advise the expected waiting time.