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All dog owners are responsible for their pet’s behaviour in the community.
Please ensure when walking your dog on the footpath, that it is always on a leash. When exercising your dog in a designated "off leash” reserve, it is a requirement your dog is under effective control.
Effective control means that your dog is trained and will always return to you when called, is never out of your sight and will not demonstrate hostility to people or other animals.
Please take the time to check the signs prior to exercising your dog to understand the regulations for the specific area.
The above are requirements under the Dog and Cat Management Act and penalties may apply for owners of dogs not under effective control.
To maintain a balanced living environment for the enjoyment of all residents, Council has limited the number of dogs permitted on each property.
Residents in a small property can have one dog, whilst residents in a larger property can have two dogs.
A small property is defined as a property involving any self-contained dwelling where the property of part thereof (ie flat, home unit, etc) contains a secured unobstructed yard area of less than 100 square metres.
Should a resident wish to keep more than the permitted number of dogs, an application must be submitted. Each application will be investigated by a Community Safety Inspector and each application is judged on its merits.
A Community Safety Inspector will conduct a desktop inspection of the property and will assess the application.
The approval process may take up to 4 weeks. Council will advise you of the decision in writing. The approval is only valid for the dogs listed in the application. Approval may be withdrawn if a complaint is received, e.g. excessive barking.
Please note the above are suggested solutions only. Should your dog be resistant to the above suggestions, other options may include seeking professional advice and/or training.
A range of dog training service providers are available and can be sourced through the internet, white pages or yellow pages.
South Australia has laws to regulate the breeding, sale and welfare of dogs and cats. Anyone selling a dog or cat they have bred, must follow the six basic rules below. This includes rescue groups and owners of animals who have ‘accidental’ litters.
Visit Selling Dogs and Cats for more information or resources
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