Ranger Services


Responsible Dog Ownership

The Dog Act 1976 and the Shire of Plantagenet Dogs Local Law 2008 address the control and registration of dogs; the ownership and keeping of dogs; and the obligations and rights of people; both as dog owners and non-dog owners.

Dog Registration

A dog owner is legally required to register their dog with the local government from the age of three months. The registration period is from 1 November to 31 October the following year. The fees for dog registrations are shown in the table below:

1 Year

3 Years


Sterilised (Proof of sterilisation required) $20.00 $42.50 $100.00
Unsterilised $50.00 $120.00 $250.00
Pensioner 50% off Above Fees 50% off Above Fees 50% off Above Fees
Working Dog 25% off Above Fees 25% off Above Fees N/A


Changes to the Dog Act 1976 require all dogs that have reached 3 months of age (and were not registered by 31 October 2013) to be microchipped by 1 November 2013. On and after 1 November 2015, the owner of any dog that has reached 3 months of age must ensure that the dog is microchipped.

Name and Address Tag

Your dog is required to wear a tag showing your name and address, as well as a registration tag. It is an offence for your dog not to wear a collar and tags, and you can be given an on-the-spot fine of $500.

Dog Exercise Areas

The following dog exercise areas have been established under the provisions of the Dog Act:

Dog exercise areas exclude:

  • Land which has been set apart as a children' playground
  • Areas being used for sporting of other activities during the times of such use; or
  • A car park

Who is Responsible for a Dog?

Apart from the owner of a dog, a responsible person for the control of a dog includes the occupier of any premises where the dog is ordinarily kept or permitted to live, or a person who for the time being has the dog in his or her possession or control

Wandering Dogs

A person responsible for the control of a dog who allows their dog to wander off their property or walks it off a leash is liable for an on the spot fine. Dogs found to be wandering without their owner with them will be taken to the Shire Dog pound, where fees are payable before it can be released.

Dog Control

If you own a dog, you have a legal responsibility to keep it under control, either within a fenced area on your property or on a leash when in public. Your dog must always be on a leash in public. As the owner you can be given an on-the-spot fine of $100 for not having your dog on a leash or for allowing it to roam. If the matter goes to court the penalty can be as high as $1,000.

Dogs Barking

You are also responsible for ensuring that your dog is not a nuisance to your neighbours or the public by excessive barking. Shire rangers can offer advice on how to reduce your dog from excessively barking.

Removal of Dog Excreta

Dog excreta is a source of annoyance to other users of footpaths and recreational areas. Please carry a plastic bag to pick up dog excreta before you start your walk. Dog walkers are reminded it is there responsibility to clean up after their dogs, otherwise fines can be issued.

Dog Attacks

A dog attack is a very serious matter. If your dog attacks a person or another animal, or acts in a manner that a reasonable person believes that the dog will attack, you will be held responsible even if you are not there at the time. The only exemption is where the dog was provoked (for example, provocation may apply if your dog attacks someone who is on your property without lawful excuse, such as a burglar).

There are penalties of up to $10,000 for a dog attack and $10,000 or 12 months gaol (or both) for inciting a dog to attack. The dog's owner is also liable for any injury or damage resulting from a dog attack. A person who has been attacked may take civil action for any injury or damage.

Dangerous Dogs

If your dog displays aggressive behaviour, it is important you address it quickly with appropriate training. If your dog is declared dangerous by the Shire, it will need to abide by stringent conditions such as being muzzled at all times in a public place and wear a distinctive red and yellow collar.

After Hours

For emergency dog complaints, attacks and dangerous dogs please contact the Shire Ranger on Telephone 0419 042 237. Officers will not normally attend after hours for issues relating to wandering or barking dogs.


From 1 November 2013, the Cat Act 2011 took effect and requires all cats that have reached 6 months of age to be microchipped, sterilised and registered with their relevant local government.

The Cat Act 2011 requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation. The legislation provides for better management of the unwanted impacts of cats on the community and the environment, as well as encourage responsible cat ownership. Cats are required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.

Cat registration fees are $20.00 per year, $42.50 for three years and $100.00 for lifetime registration. Proof of sterilisation and microchipping must be provided unless exemption has been granted by veterinarian. Individuals on a full pension are entitled to 50% off the above prices, upon producing an appropriate pension card.

Cat owners are advised to register their cats or face a fine of up to $200. Under the Cat Act 2013 it is an offence not to register cats over the age of 6 months old.

Cat registrations will expire on 31 October annually. Applications for registrations are available from Shire's Administration Office.

Number of Cats Allowed

5.2.4(1) of the Shire of Plantagenet Health Local Law pstates that a person shall not, without an exemption in writing from the Council, keep more than 2 cats over the ages of 3 months. An owner or occupier of premises may apply in writing for an exemption from this requirement. However, the Council willnot grant an exemption under this Section unless it is satisfied that the number of cats to be kept will not be a nuisance or injurious or dangerous to health.

Petcare Information and Advisory Service

With 63% of Australian households enjoying the companionship of a pet, the Petcare Information and Advisory Service (PIAS) has recently launched a new website www.i-pet.com.au that provides everything a pet owner might want to know about enjoying life with their pets.


Livestock wandering create a hazard for road users and a nuisance for neighbours. Rangers can impound wandering stock and issue on the spot fines if they are found to be in public areas. Livestock owners are encouraged to check their fencing to ensure their animals do not escape.


The Shire does not provide a snake catching service, however there is one local service available for which fees may apply:
Martin - Telephone 0427 532 504


An area of forest has been set aside for firewood collection in Denbarker with access from Simpson Rd. Maps are available from the Shire Administration Building or from the following link, which has a map of the Pardelup Firewood Area and states the requirements surrounding firewood collection.

DEC Firewood Guidelines.pdf

For More Information

The Shire of Plantagenet Administration Centre is located in Lowood Road Mount Barker, 359km south of Perth and 50km north of Albany on Albany Highway.
Click Here to make a General Enquiry

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.15pm
Phone (08) 9892 1111
Fax: (08) 9892 1100
Email: info@sop.wa.gov.au

22-24 Lowood Road
(PO Box 48)
Mount Barker WA 6324