Cat Ownership and Registration

Responsible Cat Ownership

If you are interested in getting a pet cat, there are a few things you need to do before you welcome them into your home.

To keep your cat happy and healthy, you need to ensure you:

  • Provide them with a healthy diet
  • Contain your cat to your property, and keep cats indoors at night (studies show cats kept indoors at night enjoy longer and healthier lives)
  • Provide toys and scratching posts (most cats don't have access to scratching posts and can't express their natural behaviours).

If you have questions about cat health and safety, please ask your local cat shelter or vet. 

Protecting wildlife

There are many parks and wetland areas within the City which are refuges for wildlife including birds and reptiles. To help protect native wildlife, please ensure your cat is not straying from your property, particularly at night.

We also recommend your cat wears a collar with a registration tag and a bell. 


Registration, microchipping and sterilisation

All cats over the age of six months must be:

  • Microchipped (through a vet) 
  • Registered with the City
  • Sterilised (unless a registered breeder).

This is essential for the safety of your cat and our native species. Failure to comply may result in infringements.


First time registration

To register your cat, download and complete the cat registration form and take it to:

City of Bayswater Civic Centre
61 Broun Avenue
Morley WA 6062

Registration renewal

Cat registrations expire on October 31 each year. We will post you a renewal form in October if your cat is already registered with us. If you do not receive your form, please contact us at 9272 0622.


A microchip is an implant placed under your cat's skin by a vet. It is used as a means of identification. Please provide proof that your cat is sterilised and microchipped when registering your pet.

If you are concerned a microchip will affect the health of your cat, please discuss this with your vet.


State law outlines that cats must be registered except if you a registered breeder. You can arrange sterilisation of your cat at a vet clinic. Sterilisation is important because it helps to reduce feral cats, who have serious impacts on our native wildlife, and unwanted cats living in shelter homes. 

We offer a subsidy for sterilising a registered cat. Please refer to the Sterilisation subsidy scheme information sheet for information.

You can apply for this subsidy before you sterilise your cat by completing and submitting the Cat sterilisation subsidy application form. 

These are available at participating vet clinics:

VetAddressContact number

Bedford - Dianella Vet Clinic

78 Walter Road, Bedford

9275 9283

Maylands Vet Clinic

260 Guildford Road, Maylands

9371 0005

Morley Vet Centre and Cat Clinic

20 Rudloc Road, Morley

9275 3000

Noranda/Beechboro Vet Clinic

1/36 Benara Road, Noranda

9275 3021

Cherry Court Vet Clinic

6 Cherry Court, Morley9378 1133

catio rebate program

The City is supporting residents to install an outdoor enclosed area for their cat by offering a rebate of up to $500. 

Expressions of Interest now open

To express your interest in receiving the rebate, please email your name, address and the name of your cat by to  by 4pm, Friday 13 September. 

The City will advise of the outcome of your expression of interest by close of business Friday 11 October. 

The Rebate covers the cost of installation or materials purchased after the application has been approved. Successful applicants have until 30 April 2025 to complete their catio.

For more information, contact the City's Environment Officer on 9270 4177.

What is a catio?

Catios are fully enclosed structures that allow cats to roam in a safe outdoor environment. They are designed to provide enrichment for cats, while aslo protecting native wildlife and keeping cats away from dangers such as cars and disease. 

What are the benefits of keeping cats in catios? 

Cats pose a threat to native species. Keeping cats indoors helps protect the City's biodiversity. Studies have shown that cats that are kept indoors live longer than those that are allowed to roam as they are at lower risk of injury and are less likely to contract infections, diseases and parasites. 


  • Provide cats with mental stimulation
  • Reduce risk of injury and infection in cats
  • Help protect local wildlife
  • Allow cats to safely access the outdoors

More information

Cat nuisance

Cats regularly entering your yard can be unwelcome by some residents and a source of tension between neighbours.

There a number of ways to deter cats from entering your property without harming them:

  • Turn a sprinkler on briefly, cats don't like getting wet
  • Try using an ultrasonic deterrent or a natural spray
  • Place chicken wire or gutter guard over garden beds
  • Install cat proof fencing
  • You can combine 1 teaspoon of a camphorated oil product (Vicks VapoRub, moth balls) with warm water, shake well and spray around the area that you are not wanting the cat to go.  The cat doesn't like it and wont go near the area. 

In the instance that a nuisance cat is entering your private property and causing harm or stress to your other pets, you can hire a free cat trap from the City. These traps are designed to ensure that the cat is not harmed so it can be safely taken in by Cat Haven.

The Cat Haven will try to locate the owner and reunite them with their pet. If the owner cannot be found, the cat will be placed up for adoption after the required holding period.  

To hire a cat trap, please contact the Rangers and Security team on 9272 0972 during business hours. Once an appointment has been confirmed, traps can be collected from 21 Raymond Avenue, Bayswater.

If you have concerns regarding the welfare of a cat please contact RSPCA or visit their website. 

Lost or found cats

All found or impounded cats are transferred to the:

Cat Haven
23 Lemnos Street,
Shenton Park WA 6008

9442 3600

If you have lost your cat, please contact Rangers and Security on 9272 0972 or 1300 360 330.

We also suggest you contact the Cat Haven, surrounding Vets and use social media if available.

Owning more than three cats

In the City of Bayswater you are not allowed to have more than three cats per property, unless special permission is granted.

To apply please complete the Application to keep more than 3 cats form and mail to:

City of Bayswater
61 Broun Avenue,
Morley WA 6062

Or via email to

Alternatively,  please contact the Rangers and Security on 9272 0972 or 1300 360 333.

Breeding cats

If you would like to breed cats in the City of Bayswater you will need to apply for a Cat Breeding Permit. 

Cat Breeding Permit Application

All cats sold or given away must be microchipped and sterilised prior to any sale, if the cat cannot be sterilised due to age the seller must give the new owner a prepaid sterilisation voucher. 

For more information please refer to the Department of Local Government's Cat Breeder Fact Sheet.

Change of ownership or address

If the status of your pet changes, such as:

  • Change of ownership
  • Change of address.

Please let us know by completing the Change of Cat Registration Details form or contacting the City of Bayswater Rangers and Security by:

Cats in prohibited areas

Under the City’s Keeping and Control of Cats Local Law 2022, cats are prohibited from 42 natural areas within the City of Bayswater.

A $250 fine will be issues to owners of cats caught in one of the prohibited areas. Owners are required to pay this and any other fee associated with boarding and release of the cat

Residents who have sighted cats in any of the below prohibited areas are encouraged to report the sighting to the Rangers and Security team by calling 9272 0972 or 1300 360 330


Common Name



Addlestone Reserve

60 Embleton Avenue, Embleton


Arbor Park

1 Cassia Way, Morley


Baigup Wetlands

134 Garrett Road, Bayswater


Bardon Park

18 Fourth Avenue, Maylands


Bath Street Reserve

3 Swan View Terrace, Maylands


Berringa Park

2 Mary Street, Maylands


Bohemia Park

11 Eaton Place, Noranda


Browns Lake Reserve

211 Coode Street, Bedford


Claughton Reserve

89 Katanning Street, Bayswater


Crimea Park (Wetland)

2 McArthur Street, Morley


Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary

129 King William Street, Bayswater


Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary West

124 King William Street, Bayswater


Evans Place Reserve 

10 Evans Place, Bayswater


Feredy Reserve 

7 Feredy Street, Embleton


Gobba Lake  

65 Wyatt Road, Bayswater


Hillcrest Living Stream  

Drake Street, Bayswater


Hillcrest Reserve 

100 Coode Street, Bayswater


Hinds Reserve 

130 Milne Street, Bayswater


Houghton Park

1 Purley Street, Bayswater


Ingles Reserve  

3 Ashfield Place, Bayswater


Jakobsons Living Stream 

Walter Road West, Morley


Lightning Park

30 Della Road, Noranda


Lightning Swamp

33 Della Road, Noranda


Malaga Drive Bushland  

Malaga Drive, Noranda


Maxwell Reserve

2 Maxwell Avenue, Noranda


Maylands Foreshore

48 Clarkson Road, Maylands & 2 Clarkson Road, Maylands


Maylands Jetty Foreshore

18 Fourth Avenue East, Maylands


Maylands Lakes

(Lake Brearley &

Lake Bungana)

Lake Brearley – Tranby Road, Maylands

Lake Bungana – De Havilland View, Maylands


Maylands Samphires

Clarkson Road, Maylands


McPherson Bushland

20 McPherson Avenue, Noranda


Newington Reserve

14 Marconi Street, Morley


Nora Hughes Park (Wetland)

2 Drake Street, Morley


Patterson Living Stream

1 Patterson Street, Bayswater


Peters Place Reserve (Wetland)

15 Peters Place, Morley


Riverside Gardens

127 King William Street, Bayswater


Russell Street Park

95 Russell Street, Morley


Shadwell Reserve

33 Shadwell Way, Morley


Strutt Reserve

21 Strutt Way, Noranda


Swan Lake Reserve

12B Nolan Place, Bayswater


Tranby Reserve/Peninsula Farm

2 Hardey Road, Maylands


Weld Square Reserve (Living Stream)

26 Fitzgerald Road, Morley


Wright Crescent Wetlands (Riverside Gardens, East).

28 Wright Crescent, Bayswater

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