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Nuisance Animals and Pests

Nuisance Animals

We understand some animals can pose more of a nuisance than others, as they annoy not only the neighbours but the community. While investigations into these animals can be lengthy and difficult to resolve, the Council must determine and document the level of nuisance before investigating further.

If you wish to lodge a request for an investigation, please download and complete the appropriate Nuisance Animal Form and Diary and return to Council.


While we encourage our residents to own and manage their pets, the City of Playford’s By-Law limits cat ownership to two cats per property. We recommend that cat owners get their pets desexed, give them identification (your name & number), and is kept on your property to prevent breeding or harming wildlife. New legislation makes it compulsory to ID your cat by microchip - if found without ID it may be trapped and removed.

For more information on responsible cat ownership, please visit the Dog and Cat Board guide to owning a cat.

Nuisance cats

Complaints for nuisance cats can only be investigated if the address of the cat’s home is identified.

If there is no ID or 'M' tattooed in the ear of the cat (indicating that it has been microchipped), contact the Animal Welfare League on 8256 0000.

Additional Dogs and Cats

We encourage our residents to obtain a pet they can take care of and enjoy the company of, and we are best able to provide control and management of your pets by limiting the number of cats and dogs allowed on a single property.

You will need a permit if you want to:

  • Keep more than 2 dogs*
  • Keep more than 2 domestic cats

*If your application relates to dogs they first need to be registered.

You must apply for a permit to keep additional dogs and cats.

A Community Inspector will be assigned to your application and will contact you within five business days of your application lodgement. Your Inspector will arrange for an inspection of the property to see where your pets will be kept – they will be looking at the level of cleanliness and ability to keep your pets contained.

For further information and advice on keeping animals on your property, or if you are ever unsure, please contact us on 8256 0333, or email

Pest Control

Certain animals and insects can be classified as pests, including rats, mosquitoes, cockroaches and pigeons. While these pests may be a nuisance and health risk, Council cannot remove pests from private property. However, we can supply you with information to assist you with the prevention or removal of pest activity.

If you have any concerns about pest activity at a home or business near you, a condition that is attracting pests (such as squalor or rubbish build-up), or if you notice European wasps or bees on Council property, notify Council by calling us 8256 0333 to launch an investigation.