All dogs over the age of three (3) months, regardless of breed, must be registered with your local council. During registration, you will be issued with a registration tag that will hold information specific to your dog. This tag will allow Ranger Services to re-unite you with your dog quickly should it wander or become lost.
It is a common misconception dogs that have been given a microchip are also registered with the council. This is untrue. Microchips issued at the vets are completely separate to the registration tags issued by the council.
Dog registrations are valid for either one (1) or three (3) years or lifetime and are dependant on whether your dog is sterilised (neutered) or not.
Dog registration fees are as follows –
Note - lifetime registrations are transferrable between Local Governments.
These fees are standard for all local governments. If you are the holder of a pension card, you are also entitled to a 50% reduction off the above costs.
Current Pensioner Concession Cards are to be presented or please attach a copy of your Pensioner Concession Card, Veteran Affairs Card (excluding Veteran Affairs Gold Card), State Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card together with a State Seniors Card.
All dog registrations expire on October 31 each year and it is responsibility of the owner to ensure registrations are renewed once tags have expired. The City of Bayswater will send out reminder notices to the registered owners when the expiry date is near. The registration tag should be fixed to your dog’s collar as soon as possible.
Proof of dog sterilisation is required at the time of registration. The City can appreciate these forms can get misplaced over time and, to make things easier, we are happy to accept a signed statutory declaration in place of the certificate.
New dog laws now effective
The amendments to the Dog Act 1976 were passed by Parliament on 24 October 2013. The provisions, together with a new set of regulations, came into effect on 1 November 2013.
The amendments include a requirement for all new dogs to be microchipped, changes to the length of impounding for dogs where the owner can be identified, more uniform restrictions on dangerous dogs and improvements in the nuisance provisions.
Microchipping is compulsory from the following dates:
• From 1 November 2013, dogs must be microchipped when they are registered for the first time or when a change of ownership occurs.
• By 30 November 2013, all dangerous dogs, including restricted breeds and commercial security dogs, must be microchipped.
• By 1 November 2015, all other dogs must be microchipped.
If microchipping is likely to adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog, a veterinarian can provide an Exemption Certificate.
Among the changes, the definition of what constitutes a dog nuisance has been improved. A single complaint as to nuisance can be investigated.
If the authorised officer is satisfied that a dog nuisance is occurring, he or she can issue an abatement order which stays in effect for six months. This requires the owner to take action to address the nuisance.
For more information, including tips for being a responsible dog owner, visit the Department of Local Government and Communities Responsible Dog Ownership web page at www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/dogs
Additional information about the Dog Act 1976 can be found at the State Law Publisher http://www.slp.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/main_mrtitle_273_homepage.html