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Owning a dog

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Owner's responsibilities

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 City registration tag while 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.
  • Dogs may be exercised off a lead in most City reserves, but the dog must be under control and the person in control of the dog must carry a lead 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

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Registering your dog

  • 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).
  • 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 $162 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

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All dogs must be microchipped when they are registered for the first time or when a change of ownership occurs.

View a list of microchipping frequently asked questions.

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Exercising your dog

Dogs may be exercised at most public reserves in the City of Wanneroo, except the following:

  • Kingsway Sporting Complex (dogs must be kept on a lead and are prohibited on the netball courts).
  • Gumblossom Reserve (western oval only). Dogs must be kept on lead between 8am and 4pm on school days.
  • 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.
  • Lot 124 Timely Hostess Mews, Mariginiup.
  • 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

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 at all times, including when it is off-lead.

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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. For further information please click below:

Dog waste information

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Pensioner rebates

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

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