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Ranger Services

Dog ownership

State Legislation requires that dogs over three months of age are registered, and owners of unregistered dogs may be issued with infringement notices.

From 1 November 2013 all new dogs, that is pups and other dogs being registered for the first time, and dogs where ownership is changing will need to be microchipped.
All dangerous dogs will have to be microchipped by 30 November 2013. All other dogs do not have to be microchipped until 1 November 2015.  Any dog should not be released from the pound before being microchipped - this is at the owner's expense.
Dog Registration
1 year
3 years
Pensioner 1 year
Pensioner 3 years
Unsterilised Male or Female dog other than dangerous dog
Sterilised Male or Female dog
Unsterilised Working Farm dog
Sterilised Working Farm dog
Registration of Dangerous dog

50% concession for Pensioners, copy of card required
If registering a dog as sterilised a Certificate of Sterilisation must be produced.

Dogs owned by the Crown are exempt from the provisions of the Act, including registration. The exemption for foxhound packs has been removed, as has the exception for dogs in kennels. While dogs normally kept in kennels will now have to be individually registered, the registration concession rate will continue to apply to kennel owners ($200).

The option for lifetime registration is now available at a cost of $100 for a sterilised dog and $250 for an unsterilised dog. Pensioners pay half these amounts. Dangerous dogs must be registered annually.
Local government has been given the power to waive registration fees in circumstances where it is believed to be in the best interests of the management and control of dogs.
The only (partial) refund of registrations fees will occur when an unsterilised dog is subsequently sterilised.
Owners can nominate an alternative contact on their registration form - this will enable local governments to deal with a dog where the owner is not contactable.


Dangerous Dogs
The Act provides for three categories of dangerous dogs: dangerous dog (restricted breed), dangerous dog (declared) and commercial security dog. The following conditions apply to all three categories:
• Requirement for dog to wear a special identifying collar, be muzzled, on a lead and under the control of an adult capable of controlling the dog when in public (except when a commercial security dog is working);
• The dog must be confined in an enclosure that is constructed to prevent the dog from escaping, from being released or removed by another person without the owner's permission, and to prevent a child less than seven years old from entering or inserting part of their body. Warning signs must be displayed at every entrance.
Additionally restricted breeds must be sterilised and cannot be bought, sold or transferred except under very limited circumstances. Local governments will not be required to identify restricted breeds - a question to this effect appears on the new Registration Form.
Penalties have been increased for all offences. A higher level of maximum penalty is specified for offences by dangerous dogs. In some cases, minimums also apply.
Dog attacks have been differentiated with the creation of two offences: of attacking or chasing where injury is caused and where no injury has been caused.

An application form to register your dog can be downloaded from this website. You may post this form with the appropriate fee or bring the completed form to the Shire Office with the required fee. Tags will be issued for affixing to the dog's collar. Once registered, renewal notices will be sent annually. You are requested to advise the Shire Office if a registered dog dies or is no longer required to be registered in this Shire. Your dog licence is still valid (until it expires) should you move to another Shire.

Report all straying animal situations within the Shire of Chapman Valley to the Senior Ranger
Phone: Work 9920 5011 Mob: 0428 948 073

The pound is located at the Nabawa Depot - 3270 Chapman Valley Road, Nabawa. Straying dogs will be impounded for 72 hours prior to disposal. 

Senior Ranger.

All enquiries to the Shire Office during normal office hours and the Senior Ranger after hours on mobile 0428 948 073.

If your dog is lost, it is an easier task for rangers to locate the owner if the dog is registered. If an unregistered dog is impounded, the owner may incur a $500 penalty in accordance with the Dog Act 1976, plus $25 impound fee for the first day and $10 everyday thereafter and registration of the dog will be required prior to its release from the pound.  

The Senior Ranger may be contacted by the following email: ranger@chapmanvalley.wa.gov.au or by telephone [work hours] 9920 5011 or [after hours] 0428 948 073 


Cat Ownership

1.            Responsible Cat ownership
In December 2011, the Western Australian State Government introduced legislation called the Cat Act 2011. From 1 November 2013 all domestic cats 6 months and older will be required to be:
·         Be sterilised
·         Be microchipped
·         Be registered with the local council where the cat is ordinarily kept.
2.            Cost of Registration
Schedule of fees – Cat Regulations 2012 (Cats over 6 months of age)

1 year
3 years
$50% of fees
After 31 May – 31 October
50% of fees for 1 year registration only

Fee for application for grant or renewal of approval to breed cats $100.00 per breeding cat (m) or (f)
3.            Can I have a Registration Form?
Forms are available from the Shire office or on the Shire website. Documented proof of sterilisation& microchipping must be provided to be able to register your cat/s.
4.            Subsidised Sterilisation
The Shire of Chapman Valley does not offer a subsidised cat sterilisation subsidy.
The Mid West Cat Shelter has been approved a grant for sterilisation subsidy. The subsidy should be available by 1 November 2013 and is only available to low income earners who can provide Pension or Health Care Card.
5.            Microchipping
As at 1 November 2013 it is a legal requirement for all cats to be microchipped. The benefits of microchipping your pets are:
·         The insertion of the chip, under the skin is a quick and painless procedure, to be performed by a Vet
·         The microchip cannot fall out
·         The microchip remains active for the life of the animal
·         The procedure only takes a few seconds; and
·         Your pet can be immediately identified.
6.            Breeding Cats
The legislation requires that a person who chooses to breed cats must apply to their local government for a permit. When a cat is sold, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer, If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, a voucher must be issued to the new owner. Only approved breeders will be exempt from sterilisation laws.
7.            Responsible Cat Ownership Checklist
As a responsible pet owner you are encouraged to:
·         Keep your cats confined to your property especially at night
·         Ensure your cat is easily identifiable with a collar and a name tag
·         Microchip / Sterilise and Vaccinate your cat
Some further facts regarding your cat:
·         Only 3 cats are permitted to be registered to a property
·         Only a registered cat breeder may have an unsterilised cat
·         All cats must be microchipped, sterilised and registered
·         There is an option for lifetime registration of a cat



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