Responsible cat ownership

Cats are excellent companion animals, being affectionate, intelligent, clean and easy to handle.

Owning a cat brings with it many responsibilities. Not only will you have to feed and care for the cat, but ensure your cat does not impact your neighbours or wildlife.

The Cat Owner’s Handbook is a great resource that outlines different aspects of cat ownership.


Registering your cat

It is a requirement for cats to be registered in the City of Victor Harbor, as a result of the new Cat By-law.

Council’s Cat By-Law aims to help with the management of cats in the council area. This will be achieved by:

  • Registration of cats aged over three (3) months with annual registration fees applying
  • Microchipping of cats for identification purposes
  • Limiting the number of cats kept at an address to two (2) unless Council approval is obtained.

Read the 'Frequently Asked Questions' information sheet to find out more. 


2019/20 Registration fees


Full Year

Half Year*


Pension Concession


Pensioner Concession

Standard Registration (Desexed & Micro-chipped





Non Standard










Late Registration Fee





*Half year rate applies for new registrations made after 31 December each year.

Please note that the 2019/20 cat registration period will commence from 1 July 2019 and will be for the full 12 month period as per requirements of the Dog and Cat Management Act. 


How to register your cat

To register your cat visit Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) at

Please note registration discs are no longer being issued and your cat identified by its microchip number.


Limit on cat numbers

Under the new Cat By-law, a maximum of two cats only (aged over 3 months) can be kept at an address within the council area unless they meet the conditions stated within By-law No. 6 - Cats.

Residents can apply for Council's permission to keep more than two cats at their property by completing the application to keep more than two cats at a premises.

The maximum penalty for keeping more than two cats without Council permission is $750, expiation $187.50, continuing offence penalty for each 14 days that the offence continues is $187.50.


Nuisance cats

Council often receives complaints from residents about stray and wandering cats entering their premises and causing a nuisance.

Residents can access Council’s cat cage hire program in order to trap nuisance cats on their property. Cages can be hired from the Council office (a cash deposit of $50 is required at the time of collection).

Once you have caught the nuisance cat, you are required to contact Council the following morning and arrangements will be made for one of Council’s general inspectors to collect the cage and the cat.

Cats wearing a collar stating the owners details must be released immediately in the location they were trapped (maximum penalty $10,000).

Please note Council will not accept cats caught in private cages.


New cat and dog laws

New cat and dog laws have recently been introduced in South Australia. Find out more about these changes and what they mean for you.


For further information please contact Council’s General Inspectors on (08) 8551 0500.