Being a responsible dog owner means ensuring your dog is registered, trained, healthy, safe, well cared for, and does not create a nuisance to other members of your community.

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.

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.

All dogs over the age of three months must not only be registered with the City of South Perth, but they must also be microchipped. 


In accordance with the Dog Act 1976, it is a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped. 

A veterinarian (vet), veterinarian nurse or a person with the relevant qualifications from a registered training provider is able to implant a microchip in your dog.

Proof of microchipping is also required to register your dog. This can be provided with either a copy of the microchip certificate/paperwork or a Veterinary Surgeons Certificate.

A person who fails to ensure their dog is microchipped after 1 November 2015 is liable for a fine of up to $5,000.


If your dog is currently registered with another local government, you can transfer the registration to the City free of charge. 

If your dog is sterilised, registration will be charged at a reduced rate upon proof of sterilisation. This can be either a Veterinary Surgeons 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 a Ranger to inspect your dog for an ear tattoo, you must bring your dog to the City’s Animal Care Facility at 199 Thelma Street, Como between 12-1pm daily.

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