Animal Control

Walking Your Dog In A Public Place

Dogs must be kept on a leash in all public places except dog exercise areas.

However, in a dog exercise area the dog must be accompanied by a person who is capable of controlling the dog at all times. A leash is to be carried by the person for the purpose of controlling the dog if the need arises.

Dog exercise areas in the Shire of Waroona include:

Waroona Townsite

Waroona Town Oval ( Reserve No 8746, Lot 316)

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Kings Park ( Murray Loc 386, Waroona Lot 348 being Lot 60)

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Hill Street Recreational Ovals (Reserve No 37233, Loc 1733, Part of Lot 91)

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(On leash when sporting events are being held)


Hamel Town Park (Reserve No 27717)

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Preston Beach

Panorama Drive Adjacent to the Water Tank (Reserve 33349)

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Wandering Dogs

All dogs must be contained at their owners property unless restrained by a leash with a person capable of holding the leash at all times.

The Shire of Waroona is concerned by the incidence of dogs wandering at large. They can cause a nuisance or an accident on the road ways.

All wandering dogs can be liable for modified penalties.

Barking & Public Nuisance

Barking is a dog's natural means of communication and often signifies its alertness to danger of intruders.

However a dog, which persistently barks in a manner which is not considered to be normally habitual in dogs, constitutes a nuisance.

A lot of people become nonchalant to the fact their own dog is barking but it does disturb their neighbour. The Shire now have a procedure called the "Barkline procedure". For more information contact the Shire Ranger on 9733 7816 or visit the Shire Office.

The Shire offers the use of an Anti-Barking device, which can be hired for $15 per week plus a $50 bond. This can be obtained by contacting the Shire Administration Office.

Dog Attacks

If a dog attacks or chases any person or animal, whether or not any injury is caused, it can be classed as a dog attack.

Thousands of dog attacks are reported throughout the State every year. Some result in horrific injuries and trauma.

A dog attack is a very serious matter. If your dog attacks a person or other animal, you could be held responsible even if you were not there at the time.

There are very substantial penalties for a dog attack or inciting a dog attack.

If you need to make a complaint in regards to a dog attack please contact the Shire Ranger on 9733 7816 or visit the Shire Office.

Alternatively you can also fill in the online Dog Attack Form.

Lost & Found Dogs

If you dog has wandered off call the Ranger immediately and the details will be put onto a lost and found register. That way when the dog is located the Ranger can call the owner rather than have the dog unnecessarily impounded.

Alternatively if your dog wanders from home or is lost (without any ID) it may be collected by the Shire Ranger and taken to the pound.

If your dog is impounded you will have to pay to have it released.

The cost if your dog is impounded is:

Dog impounding fees
Impounding $150.00 - Unregistered Dog
$75.00 - Registered Dog
Sustenance $20 per day

All dogs must be registered before leaving the pound.


All dogs above the age of 3 months must be registered within the Council.

Dog registrations are not transferable between dogs, a new registration form must be filled out for each new dog.

Half price registration fees are applicable after June 1 each year but only for first registrations.

Dog Registration Fees
Category1 Year3 YearsLifetime
Unsterilised Dogs $50.00 $120.00 $250.00
Sterilised Dogs $20.00 $42.50 $100.00

Pensioners Rates discount 50%

Your current Pension Card must be produced each time a dog is registered or renewed eg. pension, disability pension, sole parent must be written on the card – a health benefit card is not sufficient.

Working Dogs Discount 75%

To register a Sterilised dog you need adequate proof of Sterilisation.

Proof includes sterilisation certificate or previous registration with another local government for sterilised rate or if none of the above a Statutory Declaration must be completed at time of registration.

Click here to download the Dog Registration

Cat Act Information

From 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 takes effect and will require all cats that have reached 6 months of age to be:

  • Microchipped;
  • Sterilised; and
  • Registered with the relevant local government.

Cats will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.

The Shire encourages responsible cat ownership and where possible, keep your cat confined to your property, especially at night.

The legislation requires that a person who chooses to breed cats must apply to their local government for a permit.

When a cat is sold, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer. If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, a voucher must be issued to the new owner.

The Cat Act does not limit the number of cats that can be owned. This will fall to local governments who may have in existence, or choose to introduce a local law. The Shire of Waroona Health Local Law allows for 2 cats (over the age of 6 months) on any land within the district. Any person seeking to have more than 2 cats will require written approval from Council.

Shire Of Waroona Cat Registration Fees

Cat Registration Fees
CATEGORY1 YEAR3 YEARSLifetime registration
Full $20.00 $42.50 $100.00
Pensioner Concession $10.00 $21.25 $50.00

Breeding Cat (paid annually on top of registration fees)

$100.00 Full

Pensioner and Low Income Earner Discounts and Subsidies

Pensioners will receive discounted registration rates.

Pension card holders are eligible for a discount on cat sterilisation from participating local veterinary clinics and hospitals in the AVA Sterilisation for Cats Program.

Pensioners and low income earners (are defined as a person who recieves an income of $37,000 or less per annum. To be eligible applicants will need to provide the Shire with evidence of tax returns and/or tax assessment notices from the Australian Taxation Office or payslips showing the amount of income that they recieved in the period for which the subsidy is sought) are eligible for a $50 subsidy from the Shire of Waroona. To claim your rebate, cat sterilisation must initially be paid in full, a rebate application form must be completed and submitted to the Shire of Waroona Administration Office, 52 Hesse Street, Waroona. The completed rebate application form must be submitted along with a cat sterilisation receipt from the Veterinary surgeon, evidence of residential status in the Shire of Waroona (forms of residential status evidence listed below) and evidence of your pensioner or low income earning status. Subsidies are limited to two cats per applicant or property.

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Click here to download the Cat Registration Form