Animal Management


The Dog Act 1976 is administered and enforced by local governments within their respective district. The Act addresses the control and registration of dogs, the ownership and keeping of dogs; and the obligations and rights of dog owners and others. dogs

Useful resources:

  • Dog Act Brochure from the The Department of Local Government and Regional Development
  • Shire of Peppermint Grove Restricted Breeds

Dog Registration Form

All dogs over three (3) months of age must be registered over a year or three year period. There is a penalty of $100 for failing to register your dog(s). Maximum of 2 dogs per household.

The council must be informed immediately of any change to ownership, the death of a dog, or change of address.

A person under 18 years of age may not lawfully register a dog in his/her name. The dog must be resisted by a parent or another adult who will then be regarded as the lawful owner.

Registration Fees 

1 Year 3 Years Lifetime
Unsterilised $50 $120 $250
Sterilised  $20 $42.50 $100

Dog Registration Application

The “Registration Year” commences on the 1st of November each year and expires on 31st October the following year. You have the choice of registering your dog for a one year or three year period.


  • Sterilization: A certificate of sterilization from a registered Veterinary Surgeon or a Statutory Declaration.
  • Pensioners receive a 50% discount on the above fees on production of a Pensioner Concession Card.

Dogs in Public

Name, address and registration tag

Dogs are required to wear a collar, registration tag and a tag showing the owners name and address. The penalty for a dog being in a public place without a collar and tags is $50.

Exercising Your Dog

Part 4 of the local law identifies the specific restrictions which apply to the management of dogs in public places.

Some areas are absolutely prohibited:-

  • Theatre or picture gardens,
  • all food premises or food vehicles, and
  • construction, building or demolition sites.

Other areas require that the dog/s be on a lead and under the control of a person at all times.

Excersie Areas

Exercise Areas have been declared for dogs to be allowed to undertake supervised exercise without being on a lead.  Green

These areas operate for prescribed times:-

  • Manners Hill Reserve – Monday to Friday only
  • Northern foreshore of Peppermint Grove (Reserve 17113) for that portion north of Leake Street to the boundary of the Shire (Devil’s Elbow) – all times.

Dogs must be on a lead and under control in all other areas including children’s play areas, sporting grounds, public roads or laneways, or within a carpark.

Dog Control

If you own a dog, you have a legal responsibility to keep it under control, within a fenced area on your property and on a leash when in public.

Dog Excrement

Owners are responsible for the removal of their dog’s excrement from public places. A penalty of $200 for failure to do so.

Dog Refuge Home

The Shire places impounded dogs at the Dog’s Refuge Home (WA Inc.) in Shenton Park.

The Shenton Park refuge is open for business between 11.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Sunday. Enquiries to this Dog Refuge Home can also be made by telephoning 9381 8166. Public holidays the refuge is not open.

The RSPCA (Headquarters) is located at 108 Malaga Drive, Malaga and can be contacted by telephoning 1300 777 222.


The Cat Act 2011 was passed by the WA State Government in December 2011. This legislation is being implemented in two separate phases. Phase 1 commenced on November 2012, however, the main provisions of the Act are included in Phase 11 which will come into force on 1 November 2013.

The legislation has been developed with a view of reducing thousands of stray cats being euthanised each year, to provide for responsible cat ownership and to stop feral and roaming cats from killing native animals and birds.

The new laws from 1st November 2013 require mandatory:

  • registration with the local council it is kept in
  • micro-chipped
  • sterilisation – 6 months of age and over (some limited exemptions apply)

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in financial penalties for owners.

1 Year 3 Years
Sterilised & Microchipped $20 $42.50
Lifetime Fee - $100

Cat Registration Application

Please refer to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website or visit The Cat Haven for further information on the Cat Act Legislation.

Cat Ownership