Dog Registrations

Dog Registration Form

Change of Details of an Animal Registration

Fees for Dog Registrations

All dogs in Western Australia are required to be registered with their Local Government Authority. Dog renewals for 1 year and 3 registrations are due on the 31st of October of each year.

Lifetime registrations are also available, allowing dog owners to register their dogs for the lifespan of the dog.

If you have recently bought a dog that was owned by someone else within the Shire, or wish to change the owner in your household, a Change of Details of an Animal Registration form will need to be filled out. If you have bought a dog from a different area, the registration at the previous Local Government will need to be changed before it can be transferred to the Shire of Chittering.

Discounted registration fees are applicable for the following (with applicable paperwork provided):

  • Pensioner and Concession Card Holders
  • Dogs that are sterilised
  • Working dogs (for tending and droving stock)

Applying to have multiple dogs

Application for Exemptions of Limitation of Number of Dogs

Residents who own dogs on properties that are zoned Townsite, Rural Residential, Small Rural Holding and Rural Retreat are able to keep 2 dogs and will need to apply to keep more.

Residents who own dogs on properties that are zoned Agricultural Resource are able to keep 3 dogs and will need to apply to keep more.

To apply to keep more than the prescribed amount of dogs, you will need to fill in an Application for Exemptions of Limitation of Number of Dogs and pay the applicable fee.

On receipt of the application and fee, Rangers will request comments from neighbouring properties within a window of 21 days.

Once comments are received, an assessment of the dog owner's property will be conducted to determine the adequacy of the containment of the dog and any other factors that may effect the application's outcome.

Depending on the feedback of the neighbouring properties and any other issues in relation to the applicant, Rangers will determine the application or refer to Council for a decision.

Barking & nuisance dogs

Form & Barking Dog Diary - Complaint as to a Nuisance Created by a Dog

Why do dogs bark?

Barking is a form of communication for dogs, they can be expressing excitement, boredom, stress, anxiety or defending their territory.

How can I reduce my dogs barking?

Try to establish the cause. If you are able to determine the cause, you will need to commit to a strategy to address it. Behaviour can be changed through training, mental stimulation, socialising your dog, addressing medical issues or further owner understanding of dog behaviour. Consistency and rewarding of good behaviour is key. If you find that the behaviour doesn’t change, engaging with an Animal Behaviour Consultant can be beneficial.

What can I do about nuisance barking from a neighbouring dog?

If you are concerned about the level of noise a dog in your area is making, try to resolve the issue by speaking to the owner first. Many times owners are unaware of the behaviour and this can give them the opportunity to amend the situation without further incident. Open and friendly conversations can often lead to a solution. If the matter cannot be resolved directly, a formal complaint to the Shire with supporting evidence can be made in writing (see above Form & Barking Dog Diary - Complaint as to a Nuisance Created by a Dog).

What can the Shire do about nuisance barking?

When an official complaint is received, the Shire will ask the complainant to complete a Barking Dog Diary if not done so already (see above Form & Barking Dog Diary - Complaint as to a Nuisance Created by a Dog). The Shire will assess the evidence and if applicable approach the owner of the dog to assist in resolving the issue. The complainant will be asked to complete another further diaries to support the ongoing complaint.

If the issue continues and the dog’s barking persists to interfere with peace, comfort or convenience, Rangers may issue a notice to the owner of the dog, legally requiring the owner to take all reasonable steps to reduce the noise. If the issue persists, further action may be taken.