Dog Registration

Changes to legislation

From 1 July 2017 cat and dog owners may face increases in their cat and dog registration fee if their pet is not both microchipped and desexed.

New State Legislation comes into effect at the beginning of July requiring dogs to be registered as a 'standard dog' or a 'non-standard' dog.

Download the fact sheet. pdf (86KB) 

All dogs over the age of three months must be registered. Dogs may be registered for a period of one year. The purpose of this is to provide automatic identification of your dog should it get lost or is found wandering. Once registered, your dog must wear a registration disc which allows for easy identification.

It is a good idea to follow the lead of many responsible dog owners who apply an additional disc or engrave the collar with your dog's relevant details.

Owners can also have their dogs permanently identified by micro-chipping as an additional measure to the current registration disc and collar. Micro-chipping is available from your local vet.

I need to Register my Dog

Registration fees are charged and discounts are available for desexed dogs and concession holders. It is compulsory to register your dog and failure to comply can incur a $170 fine for every 14 days that your dog remains unregistered. Dog registration forms can be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Customer Service Centre and returned to Council, along with the fee, proof of concession and desexing certificate.

Council can process your new animal registration via email at  Please complete and attach the registration form, scanned copies of all necessary supporting paperwork along with a copy of your drivers licence (or other form of ID).  Once we receive your registration documentation, one of our Customer Service Team will contact you to arrange payment via credit card over the telephone.  We will then post our a registration disc and certificate.

I need to pay my Dog Registration Renewal

You can also renew/pay your dog registration click here.

Please remember that if more than two dogs over the age of three months are permitted to be kept at any property within the Council, the permission of Council is first required. An application form to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs can be found by clicking here.

To view By-Law No. 6 - Dogs, please click here.

For further tips on being a responsible dog owner, visit Good Dog SA.

For further enquiries, please contact Mitcham Council on 8372 8888.

Forms and Brochures

Dog Registration Fees 2017-18 
Dog Registration Form 
The Dog and Cat Management Act
Dog By-Law 5 
Advice on Barking Dogs
Keeping More Dogs Than That Permitted in Dog By-Law 5

In addition to information, Council provides animal control services, handles complaints about animals, picks up stray dogs and handles registrations. To find out more, call 8372 8888.

Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012-2017

The Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012-2017 sets the direction for the management of urban animals within the community for the next five years as required by the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and build upon the already well received animal management services provided by the City of Mitcham.

Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012-2017(834 kb)

To find more information on the management of dogs and cats, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board's website here.

Council is currently working on Developing its Dog and Cat Management Plan 2018-23. Council hopes to have its new plan endorsed by the Dog and Cat Management Board by the end of February 2018.

Dogs in the Community

The responsibility of dog ownership includes ensuring your pet is well behaved and manageable in public environments and at home.

Dogs that are responsibly cared for will be appreciated by dog lovers and also by people who choose not to own dogs. It does take some time and commitment on your part to ensure everyone's interests (including the dog's) are respected.

Confining Dogs

All dogs should be confined to the backyard of a fenced property and not be able to wander the streets.

The majority of problems with dog bites actually occur on the owners' properties or at the property boundary lines. Dogs view their territory as their domain and naturally seek to protect it. Keep this in mind and don't leave gates open while washing the car or working in the garden.

People have a legal right to access your front door. This means you are responsible if your dog bites someone who, having entered your property, is going to or coming from the front door. Gas, electricity and water meters must be positioned to allow the readers safe access.

It is an offence if your dog is not confined to the yard and leaves the property. You are also liable if your dog attacks a person, another dog or other animal, damages property or causes a traffic accident outside your property.

The solution is to ensure that your gate is closed at all times. Wandering dogs cannot only become lost or stolen, but may be severely injured or killed by motor vehicles. If your dog is reported out, you may be liable for an $210 fine.

Dog Faeces

Dog faeces are unsightly and unpleasant, particularly in environments such as footpaths and parks. They are also a major Ecoli polluter when washed into the stormwater system.

When dogs are exercising in public places, owners are required to clean up after them. This can easily be done using a scooper and a plastic or paper bag to remove and dispose of the faeces. The fine for failing to clean up after your dog is $210.


Dogs that have learnt some simple rules will be well adjusted and well behaved family pets. Puppies should be taught basic manners and the rules of the household as soon as they arrive in a new home.

Consider taking your dog to a local obedience club for training with the help of qualified dog trainers. This also lets your dog socialise with other dogs.


Some people think it is normal for dogs to bark constantly. It isn't. Barking dogs are a nuisance and not conducive to good neighbourly relations. Excessive barking usually means the dog is bored, lonely or frustrated.

Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise, companionship and has a comfortable, safe, enclosed place to sleep.

Obedience training may help stop dogs barking. If this is unsuccessful, there are established services providing professional advice on overcoming behavioural problems.

Complaints due to excessive barking are amongst the most frequent received by Council.

If a dog is barking persistently and interfering with the peace and comfort of the neighbourhood, Council's experienced animal management officers can provide assistance to resolve the problem.

Council will request the complainant to complete a seven (7) day log sheet to record the details of the barking, followed by a further seven (7) days to establish if the problem is continuing after Council intervention and mediation.

If the dog continues to create a noise which persistently occurs or unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of a person, the owner may be fined or have a Control (Barking Dog) Order placed on the dog.

Dog On Leash and Dog Free Areas

As of 1 July 2004 dogs must be on a leash, not more than two metres in length, in a public place (roads, streets, footpaths etc) except in a park or reserve. In a park or reserve a dog needs to be under effective control by voice command, in close proximity of the owner and in sight of the owner at all times. Council reviewed its dog controls on reserves in November 2015 and resolved on 8 December 2015 some park and reserve areas where your dog must be on a leash or where dogs are prohibited, these include:

Dog Free Areas (no dogs allowed at any time)
  • the enclosed playground area of Apex Park Reserve
  • the enclosed children’s playground area of Bailey Reserve
  • the fenced soccer pitch of Bailey Reserve 
  • Barrans Reserve
  • the enclosed playground area of Blackwood Hill Oval
  • Crozier Reserve
  • Denman Reserve
  • Goodale Reserve
  • Kingswood Oval
  • Portland Place
  • the enclosed playground area of Price Memorial Oval
Dog on Leash Areas
  • the portion of Apex Park Reserve north of Watahuna Avenue
  • the enclosed portions of Avenue Road Reserve comprising fitness equipment and the playground
  • the portion of Bailey Reserve excluding the fenced soccer pitch at all times when organised sports and official sports training are in progress
  • Burbank Reserve
  • CC Hood Reserve except during the following times:
    • daily from 1 April to 31 October (inclusive) between 7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 8 pm; and
    • daily from 1 November to 30 March (inclusive) between 7 am to 9 am and 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
  • Donald Reserve
  • Haddington Reserve
  • Hillview Penang Reserve
  • Keith W Pearson Reserve
  • Mitcham Reserve
  • Naomi Reserve
  • Nunyara Reserve (Thompson Playground)
  • Price Memorial Oval between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm daily and otherwise during such times as sporting activities are being undertaken
  • Riverside Drive Reserve
  • Strathcona Reserve
  • Waverley Street Reserve
‘Dog on Leash within 10 metres of an unfenced playground and/or fitness equipment’:
  • Archibald Reserve
  • Batchelor Reserve
  • Balham Reserve
  • Thurles Reserve
  • Alexander Ross Reserve
  • Birksgate Reserve
  • Delwood Reserve
  • Donnybrook Reserve
  • Francis Reserve
  • Godden Reserve
  • Hewett Sports Ground
  • Highfield Reserve
  • Jackson Reserve
  • Karinya Reserve
  • Kegworth Reserve
  • Kent Reserve
  • Manson Oval
  • Marion Reserve
  • Mead Crescent Reserve
  • McElligotts Quarry
  • Meadowbank Reserve
  • Monalta Reserve
  • Netherby Reserve
  • Norman Reserve
  • Ossie Goldsworthy Reserve
  • Pasadena Reserve
  • Piazza Reserve
  • Rozelle Reserve
  • Sherwood Reserve
  • Suffolk Reserve
  • Sierra Nevada Reserve
  • Thiselton Reserve
  • Whicker Reserve
  • Woodlake Reserve
  • Waite Reserve

Dog on Leash and Dog Free Areas

Click on the map to understand dog control areas in the City of Mitcham.

In addition to the Dog Controls on Reserves as outlined on the Map above, all other reserves and parks require dogs to be under effective control (either by physical restraint or by way of voice command) unless otherwise stated by sign and  all dogs must be on a lead on a street or road, unless otherwise stated by sign.

Dogs on Leash

No Dogs Allowed


These signs are posted to the entrances or main pathways to areas that have been declared a dog restricted area. Please observe these signs as on the spot expiation notices are given without warning to any person who contravenes the signage. See penalties below.

Penalties apply to owners who allow their dog to cause a nuisance.

Mortlock Park in Colonel Light Gardens

The City of Mitcham has a strong focus on community safety and responsible pet ownership. New controls in relation to exercising dogs in Mortlock Park have been introduced. 

In accordance with the City of Mitcham By-Law No.5, all dogs are required to be kept on-leash whilst at Mortlock Park if:

  • within 20 metres of the BMX track at all times
  • within 20 metres of playground equipment at all times
  • within 20 metres of any person or group of people participating in organised sport or school activities officially convened by licensed sports and school groups within their licensed areas

In all other circumstances, dogs must be kept under effective control.

With new controls in place we encourage the continuous and importantly, safe use of Mortlock Park as a popular open space for the enjoyment of sporting and school groups, families, youth and pet owners alike.

CC Hood Reserve Dedicated Dog Park

The CC Hood Dedicated Dog Park at Eliza Place, Panorama is a purpose built dedicated dog park, located at the northern portion of CC Hood Reserve, is fully enclosed by a 1.5 metre fence to allow dogs to be exercised freely off the leash in a safe environment under effective control. The park includes shelters, bench seating, water dispensers, rubbish bins, poo bag dispensers and play equipment for dogs including rails, posts and pipes.

The reserve is located at Eliza Place, Panorama, follow the signs from the corner of Eliza Place and Springbank Road, or the corner of Fiveash Drive and Grandview Drive, Panorama. 

Dog Park in the Hills

In association with the development of the Dog and Cat Management Plan 2017-22, Council has been working on identifying a suitable location for a dog park in the hills. Nine locations have been assessed for dog park suitability. Council will continue to identify a potential suitable location in the hills area.        

Location Assessment: Dog Park Suitability(4376 kb)

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