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Owning a dog

Information for dog owners within the City of Wanneroo.

  • Households in residential areas are limited to two dogs.
  • Households on a rural property are limited to six dogs (the rural property must be over 4 hectares for up to 6 dogs to be authorised by Council).
  • Households can apply for permission to keep more than two dogs by completing the keeping more than two dogs application form outlining the reasons why they wish to keep more than the required number of dogs. A fee of $156.50 applies to the application. The fee is non-refundable should the application be declined.

Register your dog

Application to keep more than two dogs online form


  • From 01 November 2013, dogs must be microchipped when they are registered for the first time or when a change of ownership occurs.
  • By 30 November 2013 all dangerous dogs, which includes restricted breeds, and commercial security dogs, must be microchipped.
  • By 01 November 2015, all dogs must be microchipped.

View a list of microchipping frequently asked questions.

Dog sterilisation subsidy

  • If you have recently adopted a dog from the City of Wanneroo Animal Care Centre and had it sterilised within three months of that date, you may be eligible for a sterilisation subsidy. Contact our Rangers on 9405 5000 to determine your eligibility.

Pensioner rebates

Upon production of a Pensioner Concession Card, pensioners may register their dogs for half the usual fee.

Owner's responsibility

As a dog owner, you have a number of responsibilities as outlined by the Dog Act 1976, which states owners must ensure their dog:

  • Wears a collar displaying a current Council registration tag whilst in public places.
  • Can be confined to the premises where it lives.
  • Is held by a competent person capable of controlling a dog on a maximum two metre lead when in public places.
  • In designated areas, dogs may be exercised off a leash, but the person in control of the dog must carry a leash in case it is required.
  • Is registered in one person’s name who is over the age of 18 years.

Your dog and the law

Request a replacement tag

Dog waste

Owners are expected to pick up after their dog so that the City's public spaces may be enjoyed by all. The City provides dog waste bags and bins at many parks and dog beaches to assist. For further information please click below:

Dog waste information


All public reserves under the management of the City of Wanneroo are designated dog exercise areas, except the following:

  • Kingsway Sporting Complex (dogs may be exercised on a leash only, and are prohibited on the netball courts)
  • Any public building, shop or business premises unless during a City approved event
  • Frederick J Stubbs Grove, Quinns Rocks
  • Wanneroo Showgrounds, Wanneroo
  • Beach Reserves, except designated areas
  • Road and street reserves
  • Coastal walkways or pedestrian access ways being part of Foreshore Reserve 20561*

*Foreshore reserve 20561 refers to land along the coast, specifically, beach areas adjacent to the ocean and extending up into the dunes along the entire coast of the City. Other than designated dog exercise beach areas at Quinns Rocks, Yanchep and Two Rocks, dogs are prohibited from being on the beach reserve. They may be walked on a lead only on the coastal pathways that have been constructed through parts of the foreshore.

Dog exercise parks

The City has three fenced dog exercise parks offering a variety of different play elements to accommodate the needs of dogs of all sizes, breeds, ages and abilities.

Amberton Dog Park, Eglinton

Edgar Griffiths Dog Park, Wanneroo

Kingsway Dog Exercise Park, Madeley

Kingsway Dog Exercise Park closure information
From 12 August 2020 until further notice, Kingsway Dog Exercise Park will be closed every second Wednesday between 12 noon and 3pm for maintenance. 

Dog exercise beach locations

  • Part of Quinns Rocks Beach, Quinns Rocks - north from Tapping Way
  • Part of Yanchep Beach, Yanchep - south from Nautical Court
  • Part of Two Rocks Beach, Two Rocks - south of the southern groyne

Please note that you must maintain effective control of your dog whilst it is off-leash.