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Dog and Cat Reforms
Dog Registrations
Change of Address
Your Dog and The Law
Dog Attacks
Barking Dog(s)
Light Regional Council Dog & Cat Management Plan
Impounded Dogs

Dog and Cat Reforms

New laws for cat and dog owners and breeders will soon be introduced in South Australia. These changes are designed to improve dog and cat management and welfare and are the result of years of planning and public consultation.

Compulsory Microchipping and Desexing

From 1 July 2018 it will be compulsory for all dogs and cats above a certain age to be microchipped and all dogs and cats born after that date to be desexed. There will be certain exemptions for working dogs and registered breeders.

Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify your dog and cat. The procedure is quick, with no ongoing discomfort and can only be carried out by a trained, authorised implanter.

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Further information about these changes is available by reading the Dog and Cat Reforms 2018 or by visiting


Compulsory Breeder Registration

From 1 July 2018, anyone that breeds a dog or cat for sale or trade must register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board. The pre-registry form can be accessed on the Dog and Cat Board's website


Dog Registrations

All dogs aged three months or over must be registered with your local Council. The purpose of this is to provide quick and easy identification of your dog, should it be found wandering or become lost. It is an offence for a registered dog not to wear a current registration disc, unless it is confined to the premises occupied by the person responsible for the dog. New owners have 14 days to register their dog once they take ownership or become responsible for the dog.

Click here to view the 'Dog Registration Information Sheet'

Dog Registration Fees 

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Dog Reg Fees as at July 2017


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Change of Address

If your address, postal address or contact details have changed please click here to notify council:


Or complete the following form and return to Council: Advice to Registrar of Dogs - Change of Details


Your Dog and the Law

Dogs are great family pets and more often than not are treated like a member of the family. However, there are certain requirements of responsible dog ownership. By following these requirements dogs and humans can live in safety and harmony:

For information of these responsiblities click here to view 'Your Dog and the Law Information Sheet'

Form: Application to Exceed Number of Dogs on Property

The Act & Regulations: Dog and Cat Management Act




Dog Attacks

Dog attacks and bites are becoming too common, particularly involving young children. Council strives to prevent and reduce the number of dog attacks and dog harassment cases, but co-operation from dog owners and members of the public is necessary.

While educating children and adults on how to behave around dogs is the most effective way to reduce the risk of dog attacks and bites, it is imperative dog owners take full responsibility for their dog. Serious dog ownership leads to a reduction in serious dog attacks.

The Dog and Cat Management Act contains offences for which the owner responsible for control of the dog can be fined. If your dog attacks a person or an animal, severe consequences could result.

If you wish to report a dog attack/incident please contact Council's General Inspector on 8525 3200.

For more information click here to view 'Dog Attacks Information Sheet'


Barking Dog(s)

Dogs make wonderful pets and companions for people of all ages. But what do you do if your dog is becoming a nuisance to your neighbours due to excessive barking? Did you know that dog barking is one of the most commonly reported problems to Council?

Barking is a perfectly natural and common behaviour in dogs. However, excessive, prolonged or repetitive barking is an issue that needs to be addressed.

As a dog owner you are responsible for making sure your dog’s barking does not become a problem. It is your responsibility to take control of the well-being of your dog, including its physical and mental well-being.

For more information about Barking Dogs click here to view 'Keeping Your Dog Happy Information Sheet' 


Light Regional Council Dog & Cat Management Plan

Dog & Cat Management Plan 2012-2017


Impounded Dogs

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Dogs Wandering at Large

Council is committed to re-connecting lost dogs with their owners whenever possible.  To assist with this it is imperative that dogs are registered and display both their registration discs and, ideally, their owner's contact information.

Wandering dogs are collected by Council during office hours and through to 6:00pm. Please contact Council's General Inspector on 85 253 200 to advise when assistance is required.

After 6:00 pm, Council does not have an after-hours dog collection service, however if wandering dogs are secured by members of the public after hours, please advise Council.

If the dog features a registration disc Council will advise the dog owner to arrange for collection.  If not, arrangements will be made by Council to collect the dog early the next working day.

If a wandering dog is collected by members of the public and feature registration and contact information, please contact the owner to arrange for their collection. 

For further information please contact Council's General Inspector on telephone 8525 3200 or after hours on mobile 0428 440 076.


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Light Regional Council
93 Main Street (PO Box 72)
Kapunda SA 5373
Tel: (08) 8525 3200 | Fax: (08) 8566 3262