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Dog Registration

As of 2017, dog registration in South Australia has been simplified. Your dog now falls under one of two categories.

Standard Dog: A dog that is both desexed and microchipped.

Non-standard Dog: All other dogs, even if they are exempt from rules around desexing or microchipping, such as dogs belonging to registered breeders.

Councils are required to set two mandatory registration fees for these categories.  Owners of standard dogs are entitled to a 50% discount of their registration fee. Owners of non-standard dogs must pay the full registration fee.

Councils may offer other rebates if they wish.  In 2017/18 City of Prospect will offer rebates for dogs that are either desexed only or microchipped only.  Owners of these dogs are entitled to a 25% discount of their registration fee. 


Concession card holders will be eligible for a 50% discount on applicable fees. Concessions apply to:

  • Owners receiving a pension, repatriation, sickness or special benefits
  • Owners who are self-funded retirees, unemployed or students receiving Austudy or Abstudy

To claim concessions, residents must provide necessary evidence of concession cards and veterinary certificates of desexing or microchipping.

City of Prospect Dog Registration Fees

Standard Dog - $35.00 Non-Concession ($17.50 Concession) 

Non-Standard Dog - $70.00 Non-Concession ($35.00 Concession)

Either Desexed or Microchipped (but not both) - $52.50 Non-Concession ($26.25 Concession)

Registrations and renewals can be paid at the Civic Centre, 128 Prospect Road, Prospect SA. They can also be paid online here.

Important points for dog owners

Dogs must be registered by 31 August each year. Any dog unregistered from 1 September will be subject to a late payment fee in addition to the renewal fee applicable. An $80 fine applies for keeping an unregistered dog.

All dogs must be registered by the age of three months. Failing to register your dog may result in a fine of $80 being issued.

Transfer of registrations must be requested within 14 days of moving house.

Please notify Council within 3 days if your dog dies, you move to a new address or your dog is transferred to another person's ownership.

When moving from another Council area into City of Prospect, current registration for your dog may be transferred for a cost of $5.00.

If your dog’s registration tag is lost or damaged, you can purchase a replacement tag for $5.00.

Advance Notice of Registration Changes for 2018

As of 1 July 2018 some further changes to dog registration will include:

  • All dogs must be microchipped by three months of age or within 28 days of taking ownership.
  • All dogs must be desexed by six months of age or within 28 days of taking ownership.

This law does not apply to dogs you have owned before 1 July 2018.

For more information regarding the changes in legislation please refer to the Dog and Cat Management Board website or call (08) 8124 4962.

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