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Dog registration

The City of Marion promotes and supports responsible dog ownership.
It is important to register your dog each year so if it becomes lost, we can contact you to reunite you with your pet.
All dogs three months or older are required by law to be registered with their local Council within two weeks of ownership.

New dog registration

New dog registrations require a dog registration application form which is available

  • In person by visiting the City of Marion, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
  • Via email
  • Online

You will need to bring photo identification and any concession cards at the time of registration. You will also need to provide copies of desexing, microchipping and certified training certificates if you wish to claim a dog registration discount.

Dog registration renewal

Dog registration renewal notices are sent out each year as dog registrations expire on 30 June.

The registration expires at the end of each financial year and must be renewed with payment by 31 August each year, otherwise a $15.00 late fee and an expiation notice for having an unregistered dog will apply.

Please note the onus is on the owner of the dog to re-register the dog each year, regardless of whether a renewal notice was received or not. The onus is also on the owner of the dog to advise Council if the dog has moved, been sold, given away or is deceased.

Transfer of dog registration

When transferring dog ownership one of the following forms and fees are required

Dog has a current City of Marion registration tag?

Is that dogs tag missing, but the dog is registered within the City of Marion for the current registration period?

Dog coming from another council area?

Change of address

If you have recently moved from another Council area to the City of Marion, you are required to transfer your dog's registration within 14 days.

Also, if a dog is going to be kept at a different address from where it was registered for more than 14 consecutive days, the dog must be re-registered at the new address with the relevant council.

Dog and owner have moved into the City of Marion from another Council?

Dog and owner have moved within the City of Marion?

Please note: If your change of address applies to other accounts within Council such as rates, you need to fill out a Change of Name or Address Form.

Dog registration forms

Dog registration fees

Registration typeFull FeePensioner Fee
Full registration (NS: Not desexed or microchipped)$70$35
Desexed only (NS)$42$21
Microchipped only (NS)$63$31
Trained only (NS)$63$31
Trained and desexed (NS)$35$17
Desexed and microchipped (S)$35$17
Microchipped and trained (NS)$56$28
Desexed, microchipped and trained (S)$28$14
Working dogs$17$17
Assistance Dogs (Guide, Therapy, Disability)$0$0
Transfer of Registration$9$9
Replacement Tag$9$9


S = Standard dog, a dog that is both desexed and microchipped
NS = Non-standard dog, all other dogs, even if they are exempt from rules around desexing or microchipping, such as dogs belonging to registered breeders, working livestock dogs, etc.

Where do registration fees go?

Registration fees enable Council to: 

  • Provide an identification process for all dogs which allows lost dogs to be reunited with owners.
  • Provide an effective communication process to dog owners and the general public.
  • Provide resources to develop animal management plans and to support legislation.
  • Provide funding for community education, administration and research expenses of Councils.
  • Provide an efficient and effective service to the community.
  • Legal advice regarding enforcement of dog control legislation.
  • Effective enforcement of dog control legislation and Council by-laws, controlling and reducing dog problems for the community, i.e. investigating barking dog complaints and dog attack complaints.

20% of dog registration income goes directly back to the Dog and Cat Management Board to enable Council to become a member of the Board which:

  • Provides information and advice regarding the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and their responsibilities.
  • Acts as a conduit of information between State and Local Government.
  • Undertakes Radio and Television advertising campaigns to raise the awareness of responsible dog ownership.
  • Produces and provides Councils with a range of brochures and publications.
  • Provides the public with expert advice if they believe Council has not acted in accordance with the Law.

Dog registration discounts

There are a range of discounts available for dog registration fees, detailed above. When applying for a discount, evidence will be required to gain the discount.

Discounts for desexed, microchipped and trained dogs

Evidence to qualify for these discounts include:

  • Proof of microchipping
  • Desexing
  • Training from an accredited organisation. A certificate or letter is required from the training provider showing the dog has successfully achieved automatic sit, stand, drop, stay, left and right about turns and basic recall.
  • Proof if the dog is a guide, assistance or therapeutic dog
  • Any concessions the dog owner holds
Discounts for consession card holders

To qualify for a Pensioner Concession, one of the following cards in the name of the person registering the dog, must be presented at the time of payment of registration (whether it is a renewal or a new registration).

  • Aged
  • Disability
  • Parenting Payment Single
  • Health Care Card

Dog tags

A confirmation letter will be sent with your dog's unique tag within 5 days of receipt of your payment. Registered dogs are issued with a tag each year, which must be worn by the dog at all times to help identify the dog if it becomes lost, and to reunite it with its owner.

Payment options

Payment direct to City of Marion
  • In person - Present your renewal notice to:
    Customer Service Centre,
    Administration Centre,
    245 Sturt Road,
    Sturt SA 5047
    * EFTPOS and credit cards accepted. (Visa, Mastercard and American Express).
    * Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
  • Phone - Phone: 8375 6600
    * Opening hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
    * Please have your renewal notice available at the time of the call.
  • Mail - Cheques or Money Orders made payable to 'City of Marion' and forwarded with payment slip to:
    City of Marion,
    Locked Bag 1,
    Oaklands Park SA 5046
    * Credit card payments may be posted using the form on the reverse side of the dog renewal.
    * Post dated cheques will be returned unless prior arrangements have been made.
Australia Post
  • In person - Present your renewal notice to any Australia Post Office
  • Phone - Phone: 13 18 16

Dogs by-law

Dog ownership in the City of Marion is governed by the Dogs by-law No 4

Should you be unable to find an answer to any of your queries on this site, please contact:

City of Marion
Customer Service Centre

In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046