Everything Dogs

As a dog owner you are responsible to ensure your dog is well looked after and does not cause a nuisance in your neighbourhood.

Dog owners are required after new dog laws were introduced from 1 July 2018 to have their dogs’ microchipped and desexed with details to be registered on the statewide database called Dogs and Cats Online.

New legislation changes introduced from 1 July 2018 has changed the way dog owners register their dogs in South Australia with the introduction of Dogs and Cats Online, a central database for microchipped and registered dogs and cats, breeder registration and registration payments.  These new laws are designed to simplify the dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs with their owners, and help identify and put a stop to puppy farms and reduce euthanasia rates.

Users and owners have 24/7 access to the online database.

As of 1 July 2018, all dogs must be microchipped with the details entered onto Dogs and Cats Online.  There are no fees for doing this.

If you are an owner of a dog that has been microchipped prior to the 1 July 2018 you are responsible for entering the dog’s microchip number into Dogs and Cats Online.  A Vet or microchip implanter who implants a microchip in a dog born after the 1 July 2018 will be able to enter the microchip information into the online system on your behalf.

All dogs must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale (whichever occurs first).

Visit dogandcatboard.com.au if you would like to find out about the benefits of microchipping, the microchipping process and/or microchipping older dogs.

More information can also be found at gooddogsa.com/desexing-and-microchipping.

If you are an owner of a dog born after the 1 July 2018 you must have your dog desexed by a registered veterinary surgeon:

  • Before it is 6 months of age; or
  • Within 28 days after you take ownership of the dog; or
  • If you as the owner of the dog is granted an extension of time, before the day specified in the exemption.

Visit dogandcatboard.com.au for desexing exemptions, the benefits and process of desexing your dog.

More information can be found at gooddogsa.com/desexing-and-microchipping.

If you are breeder and seller of dogs you must be registered with the Dog and Cat Management Board via Dogs and Cats Online if not a registered breeder with Dogs SA.

If you are a breeder and seller, any advertisement you place for the sale of a dog must include your name and telephone number, breeder name and telephone number and the breeder’s registration number if they were registered.  Sellers must provide the new owner (buyer) with the following information outlined at www.dogandcatboard.com.au/breeders-sale-of-dogs-and-cats.

For more information on breeding, selling and buying dogs visit dogandcatboard.com.au.

Each Dog will be issued with a permanent registration number when first registered on Dogs and Cats Online. A grey registration disc, displaying the permanent registration number, will be posted out to you 15 days following payment.  This number will remain with the dog for life, even if you or your dog moves to another Council area or there is a transfer of ownership.

Council will no longer be issuing annual discs.  If your dog’s registration disc has been lost or damaged, or you do not wish to use the supplied plastic disc, you can purchase your own metal disc, badge or tag and have it engraved with your dog’s registration number.  It is also recommended to include your contact name and number on the disc.  Or if you lose your grey registration disc you can order a replacement disc through Dogs and Cats Online for a fee.

Each year Council will still be responsible for setting the dog registration fees which are outlined in Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule adopted by Council each year.

Note: Concession card holders are required to supply a valid concession card number to be eligible to receive the 50% discount on all registrations.

Concession cards accepted:

  • Health benefits or concession card issued by the Commonwealth
  • Pension concession card issued by the Commonwealth
  • Concession card issued by Family and Youth Services
  • Totally and permanently incapacitated Disability Pensioner
  • British Commonwealth Service Pensioner in receipt of a pension form and assessed as eligible by the Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Commonwealth Unemployment or Sickness Benefits or State financial assistance

Renewal notices

A renewal notice will be sent to registered dog owners each year in July via their nominated method (email, sms or post).  The registration fee is calculated based on the information entered into Dogs and Cats Online and payable before the 31 August each year.  The online system will also prompt owners to check and confirm that all details are correct.

To register, renew or to update your Dogs’ details visit Dogs and Cats Online.

Dog owners that do not have access to a computer can come into the Council Administration Office, Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln and staff will be able to assist in registering, renewing and updating your dogs’ information.  Or you can complete and lodge the New Owner Application Form 1-71-T5 at the Council Office with the prescribed registration fee.

If you have any questions relating to the new Dog and Cat Laws you can find out more at www.dogandcatboard.com.au or please contact the Council Office on 8621 2300.

Council has a By-law for dogs in the Port Lincoln area that limits the number of dogs that can be kept on any premises to control and manage dogs in the Council area – refer to our Dogs By-law 2018.

If you wish to have more than two dogs at the same address you must complete and submit an Application to Keep more than Two Dogs 1-71-T2 to Council for approval.   A permit fee will apply as set out in Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule.

The following points must be adhered to before approval can be given:

  • All dogs must be registered and microchipped as required under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, prior to a permit being issued.
  • The premises must be suitable for housing the dogs. Consideration must be given to the size of the yard and there must be adequate fencing to keep the dogs contained.
  • All applications will be subject to an assessment process including history of dog ownership and one of Council’s Community Liaison Officers may consult with your immediate neighbours.
  • An inspection of the property is to be undertaken by one of Council’s Community Liaison Officers by appointment to ensure the premises is suitable before a permit will be issued.

Upon approval a permit will be issued which will be applicable for the life of the dogs or until you change address.  If you change address please let Council know by completing and returning the Change of Mailing Address Form 7-69-T4 to Council.

Email: plcc@plcc.sa.gov.au

Post to:

City of Port Lincoln
PO Box 1787

In person:

Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace

Lost a Dog?

If you have found that your dog is missing from its yard or from where he/she was being left, we recommend that you take a drive around the neighbourhood and see if you can locate your dog.  If however, you are unable to find your dog, please contact the Council office on 8621 2300 and leave a detailed description of your dog and our Community Liaison Officers will keep an eye out and if found will be in contact.

We also recommend you contact:

  • the RSPCA, in case someone has dropped your dog there;
  • the Local Veterinary Clinic, in case it has been in an accident; or
  • check on social media, or publish a post to see if a member of the community is holding it.

It is important that if you have lost your dog to contact Council as soon as possible to find out if your dog has already been obtained as may already be waiting to be reunited, or our Community Liaison Officers may know where it is being held.

To make sure that your dog can be reunited as soon as possible, you should ensure that your dog always wears a collar and registration tag, and is microchipped with your current details recorded on DogandCatsOnline.

Found a Dog?

If you find a dog wandering at large, taking your safety into account, try and secure the dog and call the Council Office on 8621 2300.  A Community Liaison Officer who is professionally trained will come around to collect the dog.

Council does discourage holding or keeping a dog that has been found, as there is less chance the dog is promptly reunited with its owners.  It is important that members of the public who have found a dog to contact Council as soon as possible, so that the dog can be reunited with its owner.

Community Liaison Officers will only collect dogs during daylight hours, and when the dog has been secured or held by the person calling about the dog.

On occasions dog attacks do occur within our community.  It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure their dog is well contained in their own backyard or if out on a walk to be under effective control to ensure everyone is safe and able to enjoy their time out in nature.   It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase a person, or an animal or bird owned by or in the charge of another person (whether or not actual injury is caused).

What should you do if a dog attack occurs?

If you or your dog/animal or bird is attacked by a dog the first thing you should do is seek medical or veterinary treatment for yourself and or your dog/animal or bird as a priority.

When you and your dog/animal or bird is out of danger, you should as soon as possible after the incident report the dog attack to Council by phoning one of our Community Liaison Officers (Authorised Officers) on 8621 2300.

Time is critical to report the incident.  This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals.

What information do I need to report an attack?

To help Council’s Authorised Officers, you should try and gather as much information as you can:

  • The date, time and exact location of the attack.  If you are not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map;
  • A description of the offending dog – registration disc, name tag, breed, colour, sex, any markings, collar size and collar;
  • A description of the owner – name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age, hair colour, clothing;
  • If a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog – car registration number, make, model and colour;
  • A description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body or your dog/animal or birds’ body; and
  • You should keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.

What happens after I report a dog attack?

Council’s Authorised Officers may take a statement or affidavit from you and may take photographs of any injuries to yourself, or your dog/animal or bird.

The owner of the dog which attacked will be contacted to get their side of the incident and Council’s Authorised Officers may seek any witness statements and other evidence applicable to the investigation.

Authorised Officers will issue legal notices as required and inform all parties of the outcome.

Depending on the severity of the attack, Council can:

  • Issue a warning to the dog owner
  • Impose an on the spot fine
  • In more serious cases take direct court action
  • Impose a control order for Nuisance, Dangerous Dog, Menacing Dog, or a Destruction Order.

The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $10,000.

For information on how to be a responsible dog owner visit www.gooddogsa.com.

All dogs bark, but excessive barking can become a real neighbourhood nuisance that can greatly reduce the quality of life for your neighbours and increase neighbourhood disputes.  Barking dogs is the most common animal behavioural problem councils are requested to deal with.

Dogs bark for a number of reasons:

  • Your dog maybe barking as a result of boredom and frustration;
  • Your dog is a social animal and craves company; dogs often bark when they are lonely;
  • Your dog may only bark out of stress when separated from you;
  • Your dog maybe barking to seek attention from you;
  • Your dog may bark because it is afraid; this could be of other people, objects or other dogs;
  • Your dog may bark because of your neighbour in their backyard or construction work is happening in the street
  • Your dog may bark when there is a threat to its territory;
  • Your dog maybe stimulated to bark when playing;
  • You may need to change your dogs’ diet to include more natural foods like lean meat, vegetables, rice, pasta etc;
  • Your dog breed maybe particularly sensitive to barking;
  • Your dog may have an underlying illness, or maybe in pain.

What can I do about a dog that is barking all the time?

If you have a dog in your neighbourhood that is barking excessively we encourage you to approach the barking dog owner in a friendly manner and discuss the issue with them.  Or if you do not want to approach the owner face to face you can print and complete the Letter to neighbour about Barking Dog 1-71-T68 and either give to your neighbour or place in their letterbox.

If you continue to have issues with the barking dog our Community Liaison Officers are experienced with all aspects of animal management and can assist you if the matter cannot be resolved.

What if there is no change in behaviour?

If there are no changes to the dogs’ behaviour you can take the next step by making a formal complaint to Council.  You can do this by completing and forwarding an Application for the abatement of a Barking Dog 1-71-T38 to Council and one of Council’s Community Liaison Officers will follow up with you and the dog’s owner.

Email: plcc@plcc.sa.gov.au

Post to:

City of Port Lincoln 
PO Box 1787

In person:

Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace

Council will investigate the complaint and assess if an offence has occurred.  The dog owner is given the opportunity to rectify the problem to avoid Council taking further action. Should an offence be proved under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, the dog owner may be subject to further action from Council and possible civil action from the complainant.

For more information about barking dogs visit www.gooddogsa.com/barking-dogs or the Dog and Cat Management Board has a factsheet on Barking Dogs that may be useful.

Related information

City of Port Lincoln Animal Management Plan

City of Port Lincoln Dogs By-law 2018

Dog and Cat Management Board

Impounded Dogs

Need more information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding dogs, please contact:

City of Port Lincoln
Environment & Regulatory Services Team
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 8621 2300
Email: plcc@plcc.sa.gov.au