Cat Curfew & Registration By South Australian Council

Adelaide, and Australia in general are slowly moving towards cat curfew and registration. In this article you can look up the current laws in your local Adelaide council area.

This article will be updated regularly so please let me know if you hear of any changes before I do. Absolute accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Cat Registration & Curfews By Council Area

CouncilRego?Curfew?Max no.
Adelaide HillsNo24h from 1/1/222
Adelaide PlainsNoNo
Barunga WestNoNo2
Berri BarmeraNo10pm-6am2
CampbelltownYes*9pm – 7am (24h from 1/1/24)2
Charles SturtNoNo2
Claire & GilbertNoNo
Coober PedyNoNo2
Copper CoastNoNo2
Flinders RangesYes*9pm – 7am2
Franklin HarbourNoNo
Holdfast BayNoNo2
Kangaroo IslandYes?2
Lower EyreNoNo2
Loxton WaikerieNoNo
MarionNo9pm to 7am*2
Mid MurrayNoNo2
Mount BarkerYes8pm to 7am2
Mount RemarkableNoNo2
Murray BridgeNoNo
Naracoorte LucindaleNoNo
Northern AreasNoNo
Norwood Payneham St PetersNoNo
Orroroo CarrietonNoNo2
Port Adelaide EnfieldNoNo
Port AugustaNoNo2
Port LincolnNoNo
Port PirieNoNo2
Renmark ParingaNoNo2
Roxby DownsYesNo2
Southern MalleeNoNo
Streaky BayYesNo2
Tea Tree GullyNoNo
Tumby BayNoNo
Victor HarborYesNo2
Wattle rangeNoNo
West TorrensNoNo
WhyallaYes10pm to 6am2
Yorke PeninsulaYesNo2
* Not yet enacted

Please note that on Kangaroo Island the maximum of 2 appears to be for dogs and cats combined, and there is a future intention to remove cats completely by 2030. The question mark refers to the fact that I can find no regulation to keep cats confined, but expect that it is required.

Please also note that regardless of the actual curfew, almost all councils have the following written in their bylaws:

“An owner or occupier of premises is guilty of an offence if a cat (or cats) kept or allowed to remain on the premises causes a nuisance by reason of: 

  • noise or odour created by the cat or cats; or
  • wandering from the premises; or
  • the aggressive nature of the cat or cats.”

Regarding registration, it’s important to point out that in fact all cats in SA are required to be registered with the Dog and Cat Management Board. I have only included councils where there is a separate bylaw and generally where a fee is also levied.

What To Do With Roaming Cats

If you find a cat roaming in a council with curfew laws, please do not trap them unless as a last resort. First you should door knock the neighbours or attach a note to the collar. Next, look at improving your fencing . Finally, try gentle methods like smelly deterrents, water or loud noises.

If a cat is identified by a collar with owner contact details attached or has the letter M tattooed in its ear do not trap it. You are breaking the law if it is not released from the trap immediately.

Issues with owned cats causing nuisance must be dealt with through a formal council complaint, not via trapping.

Now read: What You’re Not Told About Cat Curfews

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By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These articles are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!


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