Dog Management

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All dogs aged three (3) 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 wondering 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.

Owning or keeping an unregistered dog may incur an $80 expiation fee or a maximum penalty of $250 imposed by the court. Further penalties can be imposed by every 14 days the dog remains unregistered.

Dog registrations are due from 1 July and must be renewed by 31 August each year.

Owners of dogs who have not renewed the registration by 31 August each year will incur a $25.00 late payment fee in addition to the renewal fee applicable, and may received a fine for having an unregistered dog.

Please note you will need to provide proof of certificates for any of the listed discounts.

Click here to view a list of dog registration fees.

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, which relate to;

  • dogs on leads

  • ‘picking up’ after your dog

  • dogs in utes

  • limit of dogs on premises

  • barking dogs

For information on these responsibilities click here to view the Dog Owners Handbook , a link from the Good Dog SA website.

For more information on dog limits and specifications for the Wakefield Regional Council district, please view the Council By-Law. If for any reason you wish to apply for an exemption for the By-Law, you will need to submit a By-Law Exemption Form to the Council office.

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 owner’s 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.

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? Dog barking is one of the most commonly reported problems to Council.

Barking is a perfectly natural and common behavior 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 the Good Dog SA Barking Information Sheet. For more information about owning a dog, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board website on

Thankyou for being a responsible dog owner.


Wakefield Regional Council Dog and Cat Management Plan
Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012 – 2017
For more information on the responsibilities of a dog owner, contact Council’s General Inspector by phoning 8862 0800, or email For Emergency (ie dog attack), after hours service please call 0418 846 047
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