All dogs and cats within the state of Western Australia are required to be microchipped and registered.
Please read the information below for further details and requirements.
Dog & Cat Registrations
Registrations expire on 31 October. To renew your animal registration, please complete your renewal form in full, sign and update any details.
Please attach any supporting documentation if your dog’s sterilisation status has changed. If you have a pension card, make sure you attach a copy of the front and back.
Completed registration forms can be submitted via:
Post: PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926.
In Person: 2 Railway Road, Kalamunda (Monday- Friday 08.30am-5.00pm)
All dogs within the state of Western Australia under the Dog Act 1976 are required to be
microchipped and registered.
Following is detailed information relating to your requirements under the Dog Act 1976 plus additional information that you may find useful on how to be a responsible dog owner.
Dogs - Local Law 2010 (PDF, 284KB)
All Animals within the State of Western Australia under the Dog Act 1976 must be registered and microchipped once
they have reached the age of 12 weeks.
As Microchipping is now compulsory along with Registration- please ensure you a complete registration form. All relevant
documentation must be attached to your new registration form - proof of sterilisation, Microchipping or any statutory declarations. Please note: Registration forms that are not completed or signed with the relevant documents attached will not
To submit a registration form please visit email email@example.com, post to PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926. Alternatively you can visit us in person at 2 Railway Road., Kalamunda, Monday- Friday
To update your Animals details including change of address, contact information, sterilisation status or change of ownership please fill out a change of details form.
If you are changing ownership, both the previous owner and the new owner must sign this document before it can be processed into the new owner’s details.
Transferring Dogs: To transfer the ownership of an Animal please complete an animal registration form and tick the box
‘Transfer’. *Please note if transferring animals into the City of Kalamunda and transferring ownership from another local government ensure the information is updated prior to the transfer being undertaken.
Puppies/ Breeders- Under the Dog Act 1976 S26B. Transfer of ownership of unmicrochipped dogs, it is an offence to sell and rehome a dog that is unmicrochipped this includes puppies. For further information please refer to the Dog Act 1976.
Note: It is the responsibility of the seller/owner selling or transferring a microchipped animal to update all microchip details with the respective microchip company,
Pensioners pay only half of the specified fees on presentation of their valid Pensioner Concession Card- Proof of pension card
and person ID is required.
For any new registration made after 31 May, in any year, half of the specified registration fee shall be payable. (Conditions Apply).
Current legislation allows for property owner’s to keep a maximum of two dogs. In some circumstances, residents may wish to keep more than the prescribed number; however, approval from the City is required.
The Dog Act 1976 allows residents to apply to keep up to six
(6) dogs on their premises provided they have the necessary approval from council.
Residents can complete and submit an application to keep more than two dogs. A non-refundable fee is charged at the time of lodging your application to cover the costs of processing your application.
NOTE: All dogs must be registered upon submitting this application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
All dogs residing or staying at the property for a long period of time must be added onto the application.
A survey of surrounding neighbours is conducted to obtain comments on the application.
Once the application and the survey forms are assessed, a City Ranger will contact you to organise a date and time to inspect your property.
The City Rangers will also take in account any history recorded against your dogs while reviewing your application.
Note: Application for approval to keep more than the proscribed number of dogs may be withdrawn if the dog owner is proven guilty of
an offence under the Dog Act 1976.
Specific dog exercise areas have been provided by the City to exercise your dog off its leash. Whilst in these areas dogs must be supervised
at all times by a person capable of controlling it and a lead should be carried.
Most National and Regional Parks do not permit dogs (with exception of approved assistance dogs) to protect indigenous fauna and flora and as consideration of the rights of other park users. Permitted areas for dogs in parks and campgrounds are listed on the Parks and Wildlife Service website.In addition, dogs are strictly not allowed in the following areas:
Whenever in public - unless gazetted 'Dog Exercise Area' - dogs must be on a leash
Just like young children, puppies need an opportunity to learn appropriate social and behaviour skills.
The period of life between four (4) and 16 weeks of age is the most important time for socialisation to people outside the puppy’s immediate family, other dogs, animals and new environments.
A lack of socialisation in this early period can lead to behaviour problems later in life. These can include:
Positive exposure to new and interesting experiences will stimulate your pup’s mental development and help to develop confidence.
Because of the risk of infectious diseases, puppy socialisation should occur in safe, controlled environments and your puppy should be vaccinated by your veterinarian.
Puppy socialisation groups at veterinary clinics are an excellent way to socialise your puppy.
Socialisation must continue throughout the puppy’s growth; adult dogs require regular activity as well.
Providing your dog with enough exercise and play is an important responsibility for dog owners. Exercise is good for your dog’s health, and can help to prevent some behaviour problems. It is also part of the fun of owning a dog.
At least 15-20 minutes should be set aside every day for walking, obedience training and play with your dog, rather than just one long walk at the weekend.
You might break your daily exercise time into 10 minutes before and after work.
The exercise routine should be varied, e.g. A walk, some obedience training, a run, a fetch game with a ball, and time off the leash in approved dog exercise areas. Vary the times when you exercise your dog.
For young energetic dogs, sprinting to fetch the ball uses up a lot of excess energy. Older dogs will benefit from gentle walks and swimming.
Dogs need to exercise their minds as well as their bodies. Obedience training is a good way to provide mental stimulation for your dog.
When walking your dog, time should be allowed for it to explore and sniff, rather than just concentrating on uninterrupted walking.
Parents must not let children walk a dog on their own, unless they are confident that the children can control the dog in any situation that might occur.
Riding a bicycle with the dog running alongside is dangerous for the cyclist and the dog.
Throwing a stick for the dog to fetch is not advisable. Many dogs suffer serious injuries from running with sticks in their mouths.
Do not allow your dog to bite or snap during play. It is difficult for the dog to understand that it is okay to bite sometimes, but not other times.
If your dog is very excitable, short periods of play are best. Have sessions of play, then training, so that the dog learns to stop and start play.
Training helps you to achieve a fundamental level of control with your dog.
Training helps you to communicate effectively with your dog and thus create a greater bond with it. Socialisation and sociability training is integral to most programs.
Once your dog has done basic obedience training, such as sit at heel, drop on command and recall, you will have a set of commands which you can use to help control your dog in difficult situations. For example, you can use ‘sit/stay’ when
waiting to cross the street, when the dog is jumping up on visitors, or when you are answering the front door.
If you go to obedience classes, your dog will be able to socialise with other dogs and people in a controlled situation. This can help if your dog is timid or aggressive.
Your dog will also learn to follow commands even in the presence of distractions.
You will learn a lot yourself. You cannot train a dog to follow commands if you are not sure what to do yourself.
Obedience training can be fun and interesting for both you and your dog. Small group classes run by experienced obedience instructors will provide the best opportunity for both socialisation and learning.
For further information consult your vet, dog training professional or City of Kalamunda Rangers
As a dog owner, you MUST make sure that your dog is not able to wander off your property and your property is secure. This means that you must use one of the methods described below to keep your dog at home.
If you allow your dog to wander, it may be impounded and fees will apply to collect your dog, you may also be liable for infringements. Your dog also runs the risk of being poisoned, injured or killed on the road.
If your dog causes damage or injuries a person or another animal while it is wandering, you can be made liable for any damage caused to person or property.
A dog owner is responsible for the containment of the dog.
FencesThe type of fence you need will depend on the size and activity level of your dog.
The dog must not be able to jump or climb over, dig under or push through the fence. If your dog is climbing or jumping over the fence, you can add an inward sloping extension to the top of the fence. This works better than just trying to make the fence higher.
Alternatively, you can put up a low internal fence, about a metre in from your boundary fence. This stops the dog getting a “run up” at the fence, or getting into position to jump up at the fence.
If the dog is digging out, you may need to dig a trench around the bottom of the fence and fill it with concrete or attach a strip of chicken wire to the bottom of the fence and bury it.
Electronic fencing: Boundary fencing/collars are a good way to prevent your dog from getting close to your solid fence to prevent digging climbing or jumping
NOTE! Electronic fencing is not recommended to be used on its own as a means of containment
Self-latching gates should be installed to prevent the gates being left open accidentally.
Padlock any gates that the dog has access to, this will prevent anyone letting the dog out by accident or intentionally.
When fencing the whole yard is difficult, dogs may be kept in a pen or compound. These need to be big enough for the size of your dog, and should be built in a quiet, sheltered area. Do not build the pen or compound near your neighbour’s fence or a public footpath.
A concrete base is better than dirt as it is easier to keep clean and prevents digging out.
Dogs kept in a pen or compound MUST be exercised regularly.
This is a wire run between two supports. The dog is attached to the wire by a chain lead which slides along the wire, allowing the dog to walk up and down. DO NOT attach the wire to the fence, or close to the fence, as the dog may jump over the fence and strangle itself.
If the dog gets tangled around the supports, place a block near each end of the wire to prevent the dog from getting too close to the supports.
If you use a running wire, you must still have proper fences to keep your dog in. You are not allowed to use a running wire as your only means to restrain the dog.
Tethering your dog on a rope or chain is not recommended, as the dog can easily get tangled and can result in a barking problem or injuring itself. You must still have a proper fence even if your dog is tethered on a rope or chain.
Dogs which are not used to being confined, or which are confined too long, may cause problems. They may begin to bark too much, or may damage property or injure themselves trying to escape.
As the Owner of a Dog it is your responsibility to ensure your dog is not creating a nuisance by barking excessively.
Even though barking is a dogs natural form of communication, there are still laws relating to nuisance barking under the Dog Act 1976
If your neighbour(s) advise you that your dog is barking excessively, do not ignore the matter. There are many effective and humane ways to control excessive barking. If you keep your neighbour(s) updated on the measures you are taking to control
your dog’s behaviour, they may be able to provide valuable feedback.
To seek assistance with a barking complaint please contact the City of Kalamunda’s Rangers for further information (08) 9257 9999 or speak with your local vets, animal behaviourist, dog trainers or organisation which specialise in reducing barking
or are providers of anti-barking products.
Some simple tips that may be helpful
Dogs bark for many reasons and if these simple tips don’t help you, seek professional advice. The majority of barking issues can be resolved by taking action early.
Failure to address Nuisance Barking can result in further action.
Should the nuisance barking persist once the dog owner has been advised, under the Dog Act 1976 the City does require you to keep a log against the alleged nuisance property for a 14 day period.
The log is to be completed by the complainant and specific dates and times of the nuisance barking is required.
If you would like to report a barking issue please contact the City of Kalamunda’s Ranger Department on (08) 9257 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Anonymous barking complaints will not be accepted, to lodge a complaint you are required to provide:
A Dog does not have to bite or injure another party to be considered a dog attack.
The City of Kalamunda encourages to report any dog attacks immediately.
The Rangers department will need to obtain information about you and the incident that occurred. As each attack is unique in its circumstances Rangers need to assess each incident accordingly.
Before contacting the Rangers to report the incident it would be really beneficial if the following information can be ready for the Rangers:
To report a dog attack, please contact Ranger Services on (08) 9257 9999
Interpretation - Dog Act 1976
Under the Dog Act 1976, a dog attack includes:(a) aggressively rushing at or harassing any person or animal; or(b) biting, or otherwise causing physical injury to, a person or an animal; or(c) tearing clothing on,
or otherwise causing damage to the property of, the person attacked; or(d) attempting to attack, or behaving in such a manner toward a person as would cause a reasonable person to fear physical injury.
(b) on the part of another animal –(i) an attack on the dog made by any other animal; or(ii) the entry of that other animal on any land or premises of which the owner of the dog is an occupier or on which the dog is ordinarily kept;
or(iii) any threat to, or attack upon, another person or animal towards whom the dog could reasonably be expected to be protective
There are certain times and places where a dog is more likely to be aggressive. Be aware of the following danger zones to avoid being bitten, or, if you are a dog owner, to prevent your dog from biting someone
If you have a dog which is aggressive you should seek professional advice before someone is injured.
Understanding the body language of dogs can help you realise when a dog is being aggressive before a fight starts. Signs of aggression include:
Remember that nervous dogs may become aggressive if they feel threatened or cornered.
If your dog displays aggressive behaviour seek professional advice as your dog’s behaviour is likely to get worse, not better, over time. Consult your veterinarian who may be able to help you, or may refer you to an animal behaviourist. Your dog
may also require further socialisation and obedience training.
Don’t wait until someone has been seriously bitten. The sooner you seek help the more easily the problem can be solved.
Dogs have always fought over food, the right to mate, the position in a pack and in defence of their young or territory. Influencing factors include:
If your dog is on a leash and another dog which is off its leash approaches you, you should leave the area by backing away slowly. If the threatening dog follows you, try telling it to “stay”
or “sit”. Small dogs may be picked up and carried as the owner backs away slowly from the other dog.
Do not scream and shout. Do not turn around and run away. Do not move forward or allow your dog to rush forward. Do not strike or kick at the other dog. These actions will only make the other dog more aggressive.
Obedience training is important. This will not only prevent a dog from fighting but will make it easier for the owner to control the dog to prevent a fight, or stop a fight once it has started.
Dogs and small children should never be left together unsupervised. No matter how good natured the dog is, a dangerous situation could develop if the dog is hurt, frightened, cornered or feels threatened.
Children must not hug and kiss dogs. Many bites on children’s faces result from the child trying to hug a dog.
Children must be taught to handle animals gently and carefully.
Adults supervising dogs around children should be aware of potentially dangerous situations:
Your dog may need to be trained to wear a muzzle for safety if you are uncertain about how the dog will react to children.
Ownership of dangerous dogs and restricted breeds are covered under the Dog Act 1976 and Dog Regulations 2013.
The Regulations include provisions relating to dangerous dogs and restricted breeds:
An owner who fails to comply with a declaration order on their dog may be fined up to $4,000. A dog owner whose dog attacks a person or another animal may be fined up to $20,000. A person who incites a dog attack may receive a prison term of up to
Thousands of dog attacks are reported in Western Australia every year, often resulting in horrific injuries and trauma.
It is the legal responsibility of the dog owner, or the person in charge of the dog, to prevent the dog from chasing or attacking any person or animal, whether they are present or not.
Any dog may bite given the opportunity, particularly if it has not been adequately socialised, or is frightened, threatened or dominants. Dogs do not only bite because they have been teased or threatened.
A dog does not have to bite or injure to be declared dangerous.
Your dog at risk of being declared dangerous if it:
A dog is more likely to be aggressive in the following situations:
It is important to take sufficient precautions to help prevent a dog attack. These include –
If your dog displays early warning signs of aggression, seek professional assistance to help prevent possible attacks in the future.
Under the legislation, a “restricted breed dog” is defined as a breed whose importation into Australia is prohibited under the Commonwealth Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. At present this includes:
For further information please see Dog Act Amendment 2013
The regulations also provide for a restricted breed dog to include any dog of a mixed breed that visibly contains any of the above prohibited breeds.
Where there is any breach of the Dog (Restricted Breeds) Regulations 2002 section 53 of the Dog Act 1976, there are provisions for a maximum penalty of $5,000. It also provides for the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Department
of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Agriculture and Food) to certify that a dog is of a restricted breed for prosecution purposes.
On the 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 took effect and requires all cats that have reached six (6) months of age
Cats are required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.
The Cat Act 2011 requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation
Once registered, if any details relating to your cat registration change (e.g. change of address) you must notify the City of Kalamunda by completing and returning the change of details form.
Pensioners pay half of the specified fees on presentation of their valid Pensioner Concession Card.
In respect of every new registration made after 31 May, in any year, half of the registration fee shall be payable. (Conditions Apply).
Please forward a cheque or money order for the animal registration fee applicable. Licences expire on the 31st October in the year specified on the animal registration form.
The transferral (selling/giving away) of cats without microchips or sterilisation is prohibited. For further information please refer to the Cat Act 2011 s. 23.Transfer of ownership of cats.
While the Cat Act 2011 does not limit the number of cats that can be owned, clause 4.7 of the City of Kalamunda Local Law: Animals and Nuisance (2011) restricts the number of cats to three (3) per property.
The Local law limiting cat numbers, does not apply to cats owned before the introduction of The Cat Act 2011. However, an owner will not be able to replace a cat if it is sold, given away or dies, until they are down to the required number of three (3)
cats per property.
The City of Kalamunda’s Rangers department do not hire cat traps or assist in the trapping of any cats. However you can hire a trap from the Bird and Fish Place in Wattle Grove or High Wycombe Hardware (fees apply).
Once a cat is trapped in a humane cat trap, please contact the Rangers department who will collect the cat and return the trap back to your property once the cat is impounded. If you are trapping outside of normal Ranger hours , please ensure the trap is situated under cover
with food and water.
The City of Kalamunda encourages anyone who is trapping cats to advise your surrounding neighbours before commencing. If a cat is trapped in a humane cat traps the cat will be impounded and held for the prescribed amount of time.
The City of Kalamunda supports responsible pet ownership; you are encouraged to:
For further information please contact Ranger Services: (08) 9257 9999
The RSPCA has produced a Guide to Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy At Home, which has plenty of helpful information on what you need to provide for your cat inside, and how you can even offer your cat safe access to fresh air and the outdoors.
There are many benefits to keeping your cat safe, happy and secure in your house and backyard. Cats who roam face numerous risks, including traffic incidents, snake and insect bites, and altercations with dogs and other cats.
Find more information from the RSPCA website: https://www.rspca.org.au/adopt-pet/adopting-catkitten/safe-and-happy-cats
RSPCA: Keeping your Cat Safe and Happy at Home
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