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Microchipping of all dogs is now compulsory as follows:

  • From 1 November 2013, all new dogs and dogs on change of ownership must be microchipped.
  • By 30 November 2013 all dangerous dogs, which includes restricted breeds, dogs declared dangerous and commercial security dogs, must be microchipped.
  • By 1 November 2015, all other dogs must be microchipped.

All dogs over the age of three months must be registered from the 1st November each year. Registration periods are for one year, three years or lifetime.

Dog Registration Form

Please print this form, complete and forward to the Shire.

**Proof of sterilisation and micro-chipping must accompany the dog registration form.

Registration Fees

1 year3 years
Unsterilised $50 $120
Sterilised $20 $42.50
Working Dog ¼ of registration fee
Pensioners ½ of registration fee
Life Sterilised $100
Life Unsterilised $250

The Shire also has local laws pertaining to Dogs

Noise complaints

Complaints about noise from barking dogs are common, and whilst it is impossible to always keep your dog quiet, it is your responsibility to ensure that it does not become a nuisance to your neighbours.

Dog attacks

Rangers are required to investigate dog attacks on people, pets and livestock and issue Infringement Notices or instigate prosecutions if appropriate. The Dog Act includes substantial penalties for all offences. It also requires that the means to effectively confine your dog exist within your premises.

Impounded dogs

Impounded dogs are kept at the pound facility in Donnybrook. To reclaim your dog you must first pay all fees involved at Shire’s Administration Centre. Your dog will be released once these fees are paid.

If your dog is not registered you will also be required to pay the applicable registration fee.

If your dog is not micro chipped you will also be required to prepay for a microchip at your local vet and provide microchip number at time of registration.

Dog Exercise Areas

The following areas are allocated Dog Exercise Areas within the Shire:

  • Location 5817 Cnr Tallowood Drive and Withers Drive Donnybrook.
  • Lot 521 Marmion Street Donnybrook behind the Guide Hall.
  • Reserve 34972 on the eastern side of the Preston River at the rear of Palmer Street Donnybrook. Bounded to the north by the suspension bridge and to the south by the Gabion Rock bridge.
  • Crown Res 13551 Balinga Drive Balingup adjacent to rail corridor heading north of Balinga Drive

Dog Prohibited Areas

Places where dogs are prohibited ABSOLUTELY

  1. Dogs are prohibited absolutely, subject to Section 8 of the Act and Section 66J of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, from entering or being in any of the following places 
  2. Where so indicated by a sign, a public building.
  3. A theatre or picture gardens.
  4. All premises or vehicle classified as food premises or food vehicle under the Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations.
  5. A public swimming pool.
  6. Within any fenced area set aside as a children’s playground.

If a dog enters or in in place in subclause (1) every person liable for the control of the dog commits an offence.


The Cat Act 2011

In 2012 the State Government introduced the Cat Act, requiring sterilisation and registration of all domestic cats in Western Australia. Implementation of all provisions of the Cat Act came into effect on 1 November 2013 and apply to all domestic cats in the state.

What does this mean for you as a cat owner?

All cats over the age of six months must be sterilised, micro-chipped and registered with the Shire.

  • Cats over the age of six months must be sterilised
    • Exemption to this provision may be applicable to approved/registered Cat breeders
    • Cats must be at least twelve weeks of age to be sterilised 
  • Cats over the age of six months must be micro chipped
  • Cats over the age of six months must be registered with their local government (all registrations are due on 31 October and can be renewed for either one, three years or lifetime)
  • Cats must wear a collar with identification and registration tags
  • Council recommends that you contain your cat within the boundary of your property

Laws for Responsible Cat Owners

Cat Registration Form

Animal Traps

The Shire has a number animal traps available for residents to use, free of charge, including:

1 x dog trap

2 x fox traps

6 x cat traps

These traps are not harmful to the animal and can be hired for up to 14 days at a time. If you would like to hire a trap, contact the Shire to check availability and arrange a time to come in and collect the specific trap.


It is the responsibility of the stock owner to contain livestock within their property boundaries. The containment of livestock is imperative for the safety of the community and to reduce the spread of disease and infection.

Livestock Wandering at Large in Public Places

These incidents pose a significant danger to the public travelling on roads and in most cases are preventable by the provision of sufficient, appropriate and well maintained fences.

Livestock Identification

Under statutory law, all livestock is required to be identified by either branding, earmarking and by July 2005 all cattle are required to have a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID).


Local Government Rangers are not authorised to capture or manage any wildlife issues.

Please contact the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.