Your Dog & The Law

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.  Although a dog may be microchipped it is still necessary to have the registration tag and identification tag on the dog at all times.

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

Unregistered Dog

$100

Failure to give notice of new owner       

$40

Keeping more than the prescribed number of dogs  

$100

Breach of kennel establishment licence  

$200

Dog in a public place without collar or registration tag         

$50

Owner's name and address not on collar           

$50

Dog not held by a leash in certain public place 

$100

Control of dog in exercise areas and rural areas           

$100

Greyhound not muzzled

$200

Dog in a place without consent

$100

Failure to take steps against parasites   

$50

Dog causing a nuisance           

$100

Failure to produce document issued under the Act     

$100

 Failure of alleged offender to give name and address   

$100

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

On the spot infringements 2

OFFENCE        

FINE

Permitting a dog to enter or be on business premises       

$50

Permitting a dog to enter or be in a theatre or picture garden     

$50

Permitting a dog to enter or be in a house of worship

$50

Permitting a dog to enter or be on a building site 

$50

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

$50

Failing to keep premises fenced as required by the Local Law          

$100

Keeping dogs in a kennel contrary to the requirements of the Local Law     

$100

Failing to maintain a kennel in a tidy condition 

$100

Failing to dispose of all refuse in an approved manner         

$100

Failing to take all practical measures to control vermin in a kennel establishment  

$100

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.

Further Information

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