Cat and Dog Registration

Cats

In 2011, the state government introduced legislation called the Cat Act 2011. The new cat laws aim to encourage responsible pet ownership and reduce the number of unwanted cats in the community. The legislation is state wide and requirements will not vary between local governments.

From 1 November 2013, all domestic cats aged six months and older are required by law to be;

  • registered with the relevant local government;
  • sterilised (unless used for breeding by a registered breeder);
  • micro-chipped so they can be returned to their owners if lost, stolen or straying from their owner's property; and
  • wearing a registration tag issued by the local government where the cat is registered.

Click here for more information on Responsible Cat Ownership.

Registration fees

The cost for cat owners to register their cats has been determined by the state government.

ClassificationPeriodStandard FeeConcession Fee (Pensioners)
Cat 1 Year $20.00 $10.00
Cat 3 Years $42.50 $21.25
Cat Lifetime $100.00 $50.00


Please click here to access the registration form.

Exemption from Sterilisation and Micro-chipping

If there is a health reason that prevents your cat from being sterilised or micro-chipped, documentation from your vet advising that surgery would have an adverse effect on your cat's health will be required when submitting your cat's registration.

Approval to Breed Cats

To apply for approval to breed cats, please click here to access the registration form.

More information

Visit the Cat Haven for sterilisation and micro-chipping services

Dogs

The Town of Cottesloe impounds a small number of dogs each year. Although the number of dogs impounded per year is low, (around forty), this could be reduced further if dog owners complied with the Dog Laws.

Dog Registration

A dog owner is legally required to register his or her dog with the local authority where it usually lives. It is an offence not to register your dog and you could be liable for a fine.

Click here for copy of Dog Act 1976

Click here for a copy of the Dog Registration Form

Registration Fees

All dogs over the age of 6 months must be registered with a local authority in Western Australia. There is a penalty under the Dog Act 1976 of $100.00 for failing to register your dog(s)

Proof of sterilisation requires either a veterinary sterilisation certificate, or a statutory declaration, or sighting of a tattoo on the dog's ear by a Ranger.

Council must be informed immediately of any change in ownership, address, or the death of your dog.

Each registrations will expire on 31 October

ClassificationPeriodStandard FeeConcession Fee (Pensioners)
Unsterilised Dog 1 Year $50.00 $25.00
Unsterilised Dog 3 Years $120.00 $60.00
Unsterilised Dog Lifetime $250.00 $125.00
Sterilised Dog 1 Year $20.00 $10.00
Sterilised Dog 3 Years $42.50 $21.25
Sterilised Dog Lifetime $100.00 $50.00
Guide Dog 3 Years No Fee No Fee
Stock Dog 1, 3, Lifetime 1/4 applicable Fee 1/4 applicable Fee

Name and Registration

Your dog is required to wear a tag showing your name and address as well as a registration tag.

Mobile phone numbers on the tag provide a great way for your Ranger to reunite you and your dog without the impounding costs and the inconvenience of having to retrieve your dog.