District Council of Peterborough


Dog Registration

All dogs should be registered with the Council to ensure that effective dog control can be carried out. Without dog registrations the Council is unable to provide an effective service. Imagine for a moment what it would be like without dog control. People could not walk in the park or in the streets without fear of harassment from dogs. Attacks would increase, as would the frustration of people who choose not to own a dog.

Your cooperation in registering your dog is the first step towards responsible dog ownership and registration helps us trace owners of lost dogs.

All dogs must be registered when they reach three months of age and then reregistered each year on 1 July with an extended payment period between July 1 and August 31.

If you purchase or obtain a dog three months or older, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done. Reregistering is required on July 1 of each year. If the dog is not registered in either of these cases then penalties apply.



Standard Fee

Concession Fee

Standard registration












Desexed & trained



Desexed & microchipped



Microchipped & trained



Desexed, trained & microchipped



Working dog



Working dog desexed



Working dog desexed & microchipped



Working dog desexed, microchipped & trained






Late registration



Replacement disc



New registration after 1st January




Dog and Cat Management Act 

Changes to the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 came into effect on 1 July 2004. The amended legislation included an increase in dog registration fees and the introduction of a late fee.

Apart from the compulsory 20% of revenue returned to the Dog & Cat Management Board, the Act also requires that any revenue raised from registration fees shall be utilised for dog and cat management with the emphasis on encouraging responsible dog ownership.


Limit on Dog Numbers

The limit on the number of dogs kept on any premises in the township is two (2), with the number kept on premises outside of the township being three (3), except for approved kennel establishments.


Desexing Your Dog

Please see the attached flyer from GoodDogSA.com re desexing your dog.


Barking Dog(s)

The Town of Peterborough deals with approximately 130 dog noise complaints each year. Residents are encouraged in the first instance to try and solve the problem with the owner of the dog(s). The complaint procedures for barking dog(s) complaints are as follows:

1. Download Dog Noise Record Sheets or obtain it from the Council Offices,
2. Complete the Dog Noise Record Form and hand back to the Council when completed,
3. The dog management officer will then assess the 7 day diary and determine if the complaint is justified and sufficient evidence is obtained,
4. If further evidence is required, a door knock of the immediate area will commence to ascertain if further proceedings are justified,
5. If the complaint of the nuisance dog(s) is found to be justified, then council may proceed to do the following directions,
a. Issue an Expiation notice, (section 45a, subsection 5)
b. Issue a Notice of Intention to issue an Order (section 52 of the Act)
c. Issue a Dog Control Order (section 50 of the Act)


Dog Noise Complaints Fact Sheet        

Dog Noise Record Sheets         

Dog Noise Complaint Form       



Dog owners have a responsibility not only to their animal(s) but to the community.  Respect and consideration between neighbours goes a long way in preventing problems with dogs.  Penalties apply for various offences.


Off-leash Dog Park

The Park provides over an acre for off leash dog exercise.  Features include:

  • Natural Surroundings
  • Off street car parking


Lost and Found

Please contact the council if you have lost or found a dog.

Tel: 8651 3566  

Email: council@peterborough.sa.gov.au


Please click here for impounded dogs.

District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066