Dog Information

In accordance with The Dog Act 1976  all dogs that have reached 3 months of age must be registered and microchipped. 

Registration

The registered owner of a dog must be at least 18 years old. Dogs may be registered for one year, three years or lifetime. One and three year registration periods expire on 31 October. Lifetime registration of young dogs is the most cost effective option.

Dog Registration Form 

Registration Costs

1 year 3 years Lifetime
Unsterilised $50 $120 $250
Sterilised $20 $42.50 $100

Registrations expire the following 31 October.

Eligible pensioners are entitled to a 50% concession.

Pay Your Registration Renewal Online

To renew your dog registration online you will need your animal ID number or payment reference both of which are shown on the renewal reminder letter send to you.

Pay Your Renewal Online

Registration of Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous dogs may only be registered for one year. The fee is $50 whether or not the dog is sterilised. The owner of a declared dangerous dog is also required to pay an annual $100 compliance inspection fee.

Concession fees do not apply to dangerous dogs.

Responsible Dog Ownership 

Make sure your dog:

  • is confined to your property
  • is registered and microchip details are up to date
  • does not cause a neighbourhood nuisance by barking

Maximum Number of Dogs

The maximum number of dogs allowed without a permit is two. To apply for a permit to keep more than two dogs submit an application form.

There is a $79 application fee.

Permit to keep more than two dogs submit an application form.

Barking Dogs

Barking is a normal sound a dog uses to communicate.

Excessive barking, particularly at night can become a neighbourhood nuisance. Dogs do not bark without a reason. It can occur when the dog:

  • is excited or bored
  • has separation anxiety
  • feels threatened
  • is being protective

Nuisance barking should be dealt with in the early stages. Prolonged barking can become habitual and is difficult and time consuming to correct.

Information on how to handle nuisance barking is available on the RSPCA website.

Contact City of Busselton Rangers if you are experiencing problems with nuisance barking.

Dog Attacks

To prevent dog attacks:

  • always supervise young children around dogs
  • when in public keep your dog under effective control
  • consider fitting a muzzle if your dog is unsociable around people or other dogs

Contact City Rangers if you or your pet is the victim of a dog attack.

Wandering Dogs

Wandering dogs may attack people, wildlife or other animals and are at risk of being hit by a car.

Keep your dog securely confined to your property by means of adequate fencing and gates.

Contact City Rangers if you see a dog wandering or if you have lost your dog.

Assistance Dogs

An assistance dog is a dog that is trained or being trained by a representative of one of the following organisations:

  • Assistance Dogs Australia Ltd
  • Lions Hearing Dogs Inc
  • Seeing Eyes Dogs Australia
  • Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia and affiliated bodies
  • VisAbility Limited.

Assistance dogs are permitted in all areas where dogs are otherwise prohibited.

Related Information

Dog Information Brochure

Dog Exercise Areas

Ranger Contact Details

P:    08 9781 0444 (24 hours)

city@busselton.wa.gov.au

Ranger hours: 6am - 6pm Monday to Friday / 7am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday 

After-hours Emergencies

Rangers will attend the following after-hours emergencies:

  • livestock on public roads
  • dog attack where the attacking dog is on-site but not contained
  • campfires on City property‚Äč

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