Being a responsible dog owner means making sure that your pet is registered and microchipped. This is not only a legal requirement but it makes it much easier for lost dogs to be reunited with their owners.
Recent changes to the Dog Act 1976 has placed additional responsiblities on West Australian dog owners. For more information, please follow the link below.
Department of Local Government - responsible dog ownership information page
All dogs over the age of three months must be registered. Dog registrations fall due on 31 October each year and can be paid in person at the City's Administration Office at 102 North Road, Yakamia.
Working dog concession (75% discount on the non-discounted fees below) is available to registered primary producers or persons using dogs for the droving or tending of stock. (Proof of primary producer status may be required.)
Registration fees for dogs are as follows:
- 1 year sterilised - $20.00
- 1 year sterilised (pensioner) - $10.00
- 1 year unsterilised - $50.00
- 1 year unsterilised (pensioner) - $25.00
- 3 year sterilised - $45.50
- 3 year sterilised pensioner - $21.25
- 3 year unsterilised - $120.00
- 3 year unsterilised (pensioner) - $60.00
- Lifetime sterilised - $100.00
- Lifetime sterilised (pensioner) - $50.00
- Lifetime unsterilised - $250.00
- Lifetime unsterilised (pensioner) - $125.00
Click on the link below to download a dog registration application form.
The Dog Act 1976 states that a dog must be microchipped to be eligible to be registered. From 1st November 2015, ALL DOGS must be microchipped (unless a certificate has been provided by a veterinarian stating that the implantation of a microchip may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog).
Dogs must wear a collar with the registration tag attached to the collar. This will significantly improve the chances of lost dogs being reunited with their owners.
It is not a legal requirement to have your dog sterilised, however discounts apply to the registration of sterilised dogs.
In accordance with the Dog Regulations 2013, partial refunds of registration fees are applicable where a dog that has been registered as unsterilised is subsequently sterilised within the registration period.
If you sell your dog or give your dog to another person, you will need to fill out the Transfer of Dog Ownership Form (see link below). There are no fees associated with transferring ownership. Dogs must be microchipped before transfering ownership.
Transfer of Non-microchipped Dogs:
A non-microchipped dog must not be transferred unless a certificate has been provided by a veterinarian stating that microchipping may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog.
Transfer of Microchipped Dogs:
Within seven days of the transfer of the microchipped dog, the seller must notify the microchip database company of the name and address of the new owner of the dog, and of any other changes.
Transfer of Dangerous Dogs:
A dangerous dog cannot be transferred to another owner unless there are exceptional circumstances. For more information please contact the Ranger Team.
Please click on the link below to download a Registered Dog Transfer of Ownership form.
If you wish to cancel your dog's registration, please click on the link below to download a Cancellation of Dog Registration Form. Please note that no refunds are issued for cancellation of dog registrations.
You must have a permit to keep more than two dogs on a residential property in the City of Albany. Properties will be inspected by a Ranger to determine if the property is suitable for keeping more than two dogs. Where current complaints have been received about the dogs, applications will not be supported by the City.
As part of the approval process, all abutting neighbours must be contacted to ensure they do not object to the application. If objections are received, the City may be unable to approve your application.
An application fee of $25 applies. Please click on the link below to download an Application for Permit to Keep More Than Two Dogs.
It is the responsibility of the owner or occupier of a property where a dog is kept to ensure that the fences will securely keep the dog contained within the property. The fence or wall should prevent the dog from passing over, under or through it and should take into account the dog's breed, age, size and the physical condition.
When the dog is on the premises any gate within the fenced area should be kept closed and be fitted with a self-closing and/or permanent locking mechanism.
If you require a Ranger to carry out a fence inspection, a $30 inspection fee applies.
Please not that specific requirements exist for securely containing a dangerous dog.
Dogs must be kept on a lead when taken into a public area. Dog owners should also ensure any dog excreta is picked up immediately. Whilst the City has placed "dog poo" bag dispensers at many convenient locations we advise that you carry your own plastic bags for this purpose.
Within authorised dog exercise areas, owners can exercise their dogs without a lead, provided the dog is supervised and under effective control. Several areas around Albany have been set aside as dog exercise areas. Click on the link below to view a map of dog exercise areas.
The City of Albany acknowledges that living near a dog that barks excessively is disruptive and we take barking complaints seriously. We recommend that in the first instance you talk to the owner of the dog. Often dog owners are not aware that their dog is creating a nuisance, especially if they work away from home during the day.
It can be useful to note when the dog barks and if you observe any triggers (e.g. if the dog barks at passers-by). This helps establish the severity of the problem and identifies any patterns which can be used to determine the reason why the dog is barking.
If you don't feel comfortable approaching your neighbour, or if the problem continues, then Rangers can investigate further. The actions that local governments can take to deal with nuisance barking are detailed in the Dog Act 1976.
In the first instance, Rangers need to be satisfied that a nuisance is being created. Follow up actions may include a Ranger talking to neighbours and observing barking behaviour and we may ask you to keep a formal record of the barking.
For more information, click below to download a Barking Dog Information Sheet.
Further information regarding nuisance barking is also available at the following website.
Department of Local Government & Communities - Cats and Dogs
Under the Dog Act 1976, it is an offence for a dog to attack or aggressively harass a person or animal. The owner or person in charge of the dog at the time is responsible for its actions. Dog attacks may lead to infringements being issued to the person responsible for the dog at the time of the attack and in more serious cases, court action may be taken. The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $10,000.
If you are a victim of a dog attack, please report the incident to the City of Albany Rangers immediately. Required details may include the date, time and location of attack and a description of the offending dog and owner. Please keep copies of any medical treatment required as a result of the attack and in some instances photographic evidence may be required.
If further information is required about the above, please contact the Ranger Team on 9841 9349 during business hours.
For information regarding dog attacks on livestock, please follow the link below.
Certain breeds of dogs have been identified by the Commonwealth Government as being particularly aggressive. These breeds have been bannned from import into Australia.
The following breeds (or crosses of these breeds) are classified as restricted:
- pit bull terriers;
- American pit bull terriers;
- dogo Argentino;
- fila Brasileiro;
- Japanese tosa; and
- perro de pressa canario
Under the Act, dangerous dogs (including restricted breeds) must:
- wear a special collar that identifies it as a dangerous dog
- be confined in an enclosure that prevents its escape; its release without premission; and a child aged less that 7 years from entering or inserting part of his or her body
- be sterilsed
- be microchipped
- be muzzled and under the control of an adult capable of controlling the dog if outside of its enclosure.
A prescribed warning sign must be erected at each entrance to the premises where a restricted breed dog is kept.
Breeding or Selling Restricted Breeds
In is an offence to sell, buy or advertise for sale restricted breed dogs.
Anyone wishing to apply for a permit to establish a dog kennel or cattery should contact the Planning and Development Team at the City of Albany on firstname.lastname@example.org