New Legislation for Dogs

New laws were introduced on 1 July 2018 for cat and dog owners which require:

  • Mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats
  • 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
To register your dog visit

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.


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 offered, 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 they are still required to be microchipped.


People who breed dogs and cats for sale 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

To register your dog and cat visit Dogs and Cats Online 

Here is a link to a quick video on how to register your pet.

Dogs and Cats Online is the central database for microchipped and registered dogs and cats and registration payments. Dogs and Cats Online will also be the register of breeders.

For more information visit

Download the fact sheet. pdf (86KB)

New Grey Rego Discs for Dogs

Dog registration discs in South Australia will be issued once-off from July 2018 and replace the yearly discs previously issued. This reduces waste and streamlines pet registration.

From 1 July 2018 registered dogs will be issued with a permanent registration number and a once-off grey coloured disc. Pet owners will need to continue to renew their dog’s registration yearly.

You will receive a registration number which is linked to your dog, even if you move to a different Council or if your dog changes owners. You also have a choice to replace the plastic grey disc with an engraved metal disc.

The change coincides with the introduction of the new centralised statewide online dog and cat database on 1 July 2018.

Dogs and Cats Online is a one-stop online service for all annual registration payments as well as dog and cat microchipping, desexing and breeder details. You can event upload a picture of your dog or cat, which will be helpful if your pet becomes lost.

Registration renewal notices will be mailed to dog owners in July each year.

I need to Register my Dog

Registration fees are charged with discounts available for desexed and microchipped 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.

What do you need to register?

  • Renewal notice, only if dog was previously registered
  • An email address
  • Drivers Licence
  • Any concession cards
  • May need certificates of microchipping/desexing if this wasn’t adequately and previously recorded
  • Certificates of desexing/microchipping

If you are entering a new dog or cat onto Dogs and Cats Online, you may need to upload a certificates of desexing/microchipping.

If you cannot locate your certificate you will need to attain another to complete your registration.

For microchip certificates, please visit and enter your microchip number to find the contact for issuing you a new certificate. Your microchip number may be located on any veterinary documents or invoices. If you are unsure of your animal’s microchip number you may wish to contact your vet or council and ask about any scanning services they may be able to provide.

Dog Registration - Where does the money go?

Registration fees enable Council to:

  • Provide an identification process for all dogs which allows lost or injured dogs to be reunited with their owners;
  • Provide an effective communication process to dog owners and the general public;
  • Provide resources to develop dog management programs and to support legislation;
  • Provide funding in support of pounds and shelters;
  • Provide funding for community education, administrative and research expenses of Councils;
  • Support By-Law control;
  • Provide an efficient and acceptable service to the community;
  • Effective enforcement of dog control legislation, controlling and reducing dog problems for the community, i.e. investigating barking dog complaints and dog attack complaints;
  • 24% of dog registration income goes directly back to the Dog and Cat Management Board to enable Council to become a member of the Board who provide Councils across the State with:
  • Information and advice regarding the Act and their responsibilities
  • Act as a conduit of information between State and Local Government
  • Undertake Radio and Television advertising campaigns to raise the awareness of responsible dog and cat ownership
  • Produce and provide Councils with a range of brochures and publications, and
  • Provide the public with an avenue to utilise when they believe Councils have not acted in accordance with the Law.

Current Registration Fees

The below table outlines the new registration fees effective 1 July 2020.




Standard – Desexed and Microchipped



Non Standard



Working Dog or SAGRCB Greyhound Dogs



Assistance Dogs



Late Registration Fee



More than two dogs?

Please remember that if more than two dogs over the age of three months are required 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. 5 - 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 By-Law 5 Advice on Barking DogsKeeping 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 2018-2023

The Dog and Cat Management Plan 2018-2023 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 builds upon the already well received animal management services provided by the City of Mitcham.

Dog and Cat Management Plan 2018-2023

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

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

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.

Lost and Found Dogs

If you have lost or found a dog, please call 8372 8888 for assistance.

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 Community Safety 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.

Dedicated Dog Parks

Dedicated Dog Parks have many benefits for dogs and their owners. They provide the opportunity for dogs to exercise, socialise with other dogs, enjoy the fresh air, practice training techniques, play games and generally race around and burn off energy. These activities are important for physical health because they prevent problems such as obesity. They also provide essential mental stimulation and prevent the development of problem behaviours such as destructiveness or excessive barking

Dog parks are not suitable for all dogs.

To help everyone the Dog and Cat Management Board have produced this short video with 10 tips to help all manage some of the common obstacles faced.