The City encourages responsible dog ownership. Being a responsible dog owner means ensuring your dog is:
- Registered with your local government
- Trained, healthy, safe and well cared for
- Not creating a nuisance to other members of your community by barking or howling; and
- Not wandering the streets unrestrained
The Dog Act 1976 contains provisions about the keeping and control of dogs. The City allows you to keep no more than two dogs over the age of three months. Households can apply for permission to keep more than two dogs by completing the Application to keep more than two dogs outlining the reasons why you wish to keep more than two dogs. A fee applies to the application as listed under the City’s Fees and Charges. The fee is non-refundable should the application be declined.
You can register your dog online via the City’s mySouthperth portal. You will need to provide the following documentation during the registration process:
- Proof of microchipping
- Proof of sterilisation (if appropriate)
- Proof of pension card (if appropriate)
Annual registrations expire on 31 October. If you register your dog after 31 May, the annual registration fee will be halved.
Before you pay your registration renewal, check your details are up-to-date. If your pension details or your pet's microchip or sterilisation details have changed, please complete an Animal Enquiry providing your dog’s name, tag number, description, address and supporting evidence which may include:
- sterilisation or microchip documents (if changed)
- pension card details (if applicable)
After completing the online form you will be emailed a registration renewal invoice within 3 business days. Future registration renewal notices will also be issued by email.
Pay your registration renewal
You can pay for your registration on the City's make a payment page. Remember to have your payment reference number handy.
No refunds will be issued for dog registrations if your loved one has transferred to another Council or has sadly passed away.
In accordance with the Dog Act 1976, it is a legal requirement that all dogs over the age of three (3) months are microchipped. A veterinarian (vet), veterinarian nurse or a person with the relevant qualifications from a registered training provider can implant a microchip in your dog.
A person who fails to ensure their dog is microchipped is liable for a fine of up to $5,000.
Upon production of a Pensioner Concession Card, pensioners may register their dogs for half the usual fee.
If your dog is sterilised, registration will be charged at a reduced rate. Proof of sterilisation can be either by means of a Veterinary Surgeon Certificate, a signed Statutory Declaration or by a Ranger of the City of South Perth sighting the tattoo inside your dog's ear.
If you would like your dog inspected for an ear tattoo, please bring your dog to the City’s Animal Care Facility at 199 Thelma Street, Como between 12-2pm Wednesday - Sunday.
Animal infringement appeal
Keeping your animal and others safe
If your dog escapes from your property, you may be liable for any damage or injury caused. A City’s Ranger may impound any dog found wandering unrestrained in any public place other than a designated dog exercise area.
You may also be prosecuted if your dog chases or attacks any person, animal or bird when the dog is out of their control.