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Dog registration

What is Dogs and Cats Online?

Dogs and Cats Online is a one-stop online service for all registration payments, microchipping and breeder information. Dogs and Cats Online has replaced the 68 individual Council dog and cat registers and serves as a single online database that is accessible 24/7, including on mobile devices.

Dogs and Cats Online has been developed to allow pet owners to instantly update registration or microchip details if you move house or change phone numbers, and pay your annual registration fees.

Dogs and Cats Online also assists Councils, shelters and the general public in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

What do I need to register my dog online at Dogs and Cats Online?

To register your dog online you require the following:

  • An email address
  • Drivers License
  • Any concession cards
  • Certificates of microchipping/desexing.

If you don’t have an email address or access to the internet you will need to attend a Council office to register your dog.

What is permanent registration number?

Since 1 July 2018, all dog registrations are issued with permanent registration numbers. This permanent registration number remains with the animal regardless of a change of Council areas or transfer of ownership. The animal registration record will contain information about:

  • The breeder of the dog
  • Microchip status and who microchipped the dog
  • Desexing status and who desexed the dog
  • Control Orders placed on the dog
  • Historical information

Maintaining access to this information makes it easier for Community Safety Officers to locate owners of found dogs, makes it easier to transfer registration if you move house or transfer owners, assists owners demonstrate compliance with new desexing and microchipping laws. There will still be an annual registration fee for your dog. Each year the owner of the registered dog will be sent a renewal notice via their nominated method of email, sms or post.

What is happening with registration discs?

Prior to the introduction of Dogs and Cats Online, thousands of plastic dog registration discs went to landfill. Permanent registration numbers will provide significant environmental benefits by reducing South Australia’s landfill waste by 600kg per year. Dogs and Cats Online has allowed us to provide you with a single registration number that remains the same for the life of the dog regardless of where you move within the state.

If you dog registration disc has been lost or damaged, or you do not wish to use the supplied plastic disc, you are encouraged to purchase a metal dog disc, badge or tag from the provider of your choice and have it engraved with your dog’s permanent registration number.

To assist in the return of your lost dog, please ensure the permanent registration number is legible and the disc, badge, tag or other device securely attached to your dog’s collar. You are also encouraged to include name and phone number or any other contact details. If you prefer to have a plastic disc, you can request a replacement disc on Dogs and Cats Online.

More information can be found at

When must my dog be registered by?

All dogs must be registered by 3 months of age.

Why is my dog classified as a 'non-standard' dog?

Councils are now required to set two mandatory registration fee categories for dog registrations being ‘standard’ and ‘non-standard’ dog.

  • A 'standard' dog is a dog that is both microchipped & desexed, attracting a 50% rebate of the full registration fee.
  • A 'non-standard' dog is a dog that is not both microchipped & desexed and attracts a full registration fee.

Dog registration fees 2024/2025

Registration TypeDesexedMicrochippedTrained


Assistance Dog$0.00
Assistance Dog in Training$0.00
Non-Standard Dog$85.00
Standard Dog (Microchipped & Desexed)☑️☑️$42.00
Non-Standard Dog (Trained)☑️☑️$76.00
Non-Standard Dog Concession☑️☑️


Non-Standard Dog Concession (Trained)

Standard Dog (Microchipped & Desexed & Trained)☑️☑️☑️$33.00
Standard Dog Concession☑️☑️☑️$20.00
Standard Dog Concession (Microchipped & Desexed & Trained)☑️☑️☑️☑️$17.00
    • All dogs must be microchipped by three months of age or within 28 days of acquirement.
    • All dogs must be desexed by six months of age or within 28 days of acquirement. Please note: The desexing requirement does not apply to dogs owned prior to 1 July 2018.
    • A late fee of $17.00 will apply after the 31 August 2024.

Criteria for training discount

As dog trainers are not regulated by the Dog and Cat Management Board the level of training acceptable to receive a rebate it is not legislated.

As a guideline the City of Marion accepts a level 3 training certificate as sufficient evidence that the dog is trained.

The City of Marion may consider a certificate outside of this level if documented evidence can be provided stating the dog can:

  • Sit and stay on command
  • Heel
  • Left and right turn about

Discounts for concession card holder

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
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA Gold Card not accepted)

These concession cards can be entered into Dogs and Cats Online directly by dog owners which will be used to instantly validate the concession card against the dog owner. Pensioner, Veterans Affairs and Senior Health Care cards will only need to be validated once. Health care card concession holders will be required to enter their details annually for validation.

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.

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 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.

Payment Options


Go to to renew the registration using your debit or credit card – Mastercard, Visa. You can do this by logging in using your email address or by using your renewal code.


Phone 8375 6600 during business hours. If you have more than one renewal notice, you must pay each as a separate transaction.

In Person

Pay at Council Offices during business hours.

Ensure you bring your renewal notice.

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, Park Holme SA 5043