Your Dog & The Law

Fencing Requirements

Persons wishing to register a dog must make a declaration to certify that the fences and gates at the premises where the dog is kept are capable of confining the dog within those premises.  Gates must have effective self-closing mechanisms.

Identification & Registration Tags

The dog's registration tag must be attached to the dog's collar.  The name and residential address of the owner must also be legibly endorsed or inscribed on or attached to the collar.  Should the dog be lost these tags will enable quick identification and notification to dog's owner.

Micro chipping is a small computer chip inserted under the dog's skin.  This can not be removed, the details on the chip are recorded at the Australian Animal Registry. Microchipping is a legal requirement for all dogs over 3 months of age, additionally all dogs must be microchipped prior to sale regardless of age. It is still necessary to register you dog with the Council and have the registration tag and identification tag on the dog at all times. To clarify, all dogs over 3 months of age must be both microchipped and registered.

Excreta

Permitting your dog to excrete on a street or public place and failing to remove or adequately dispose of such excreta now constitutes an offence under the City's Local Law relating to Dogs.

Maximum Number of Dogs

The City's Local Law relating to Dogs limits the number of dogs kept on the premises to two (2) dogs over the age of three (3) months and the young of those dogs under that age.  A person may apply to the City for an exemption to keep up to six (6) dogs over three (3) months of age or to become an approved kennel establishment subject to the premises' suitability and conditions applicable for the keeping of more than the prescribed numbers.

On the Spot Infringements

Some offences under the Dog Act may incur on-the-spot infringements:

On the spot infringements 1

OFFENCE

FINE FOR DOGS OTHER THAN DANGEROUS DOGS

FINE FOR DANGEROUS DOGS

Unregistered Dog

$200

$400

Failure to give notice of new owner       

$200

Registration tag, certificate offence

$200

$400

Failure to ensure dog microchipped

$200 $400

Failure to notify local government of mircochip details

$200

$200

Keeping more than the prescribed number of dogs  

$200

$400

Breach of kennel establishment licence  

$200

$200

Dog in a public place without collar or registration tag         

$200

Dog not held by a leash in certain public place 

$200

Control of dog in exercise areas and rural areas           

$200

Greyhound not muzzled

$200

Dog in a place without consent

$200

$400

Dog attack or chase causing physical injury

$400

Dog attack or chase causing no physical injury

$200

$400

Failure to comply with a nuisance dog order

$200

$400

Failure to produce document issued under the Act

$200

$400

Failure of alleged offender to give name and address $200

$400

City's Local Law relating to Dogs also provides for:

On the spot infringements 2

OFFENCE        

FINE FOR DOGS OTHER THAN DANGEROUS DOGS

FINE FOR DANGEROUS DOGS

Permitting a dog to excrete on land without the consent of the occupier           

$100

$100

Failing to provide means for effectively confining a dog

$100

$200

If an Infringement Notice has been issued and payment has not been received by the specified date, the Notice is lodged with Fines Enforcement Registry.  Proceedings can then result in the cancellation of your drivers' licence.

More Information

Contact Ranger & Community Safety Services on 9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au