» Local laws relating to dogs


  • All dogs over the age of three (3) months must be registered in accordance with the provisions of the Dog Act 1976.

  • Since 1 November 2013 all new dogs, that is pups and other dogs being registered for the first time, or where ownership has changed, are required to be microchipped. A microchipping certificate or a certificate from a vet is required as proof. Microchipping is not the same as registration; dogs must be both microchipped and registered with a local government.

  • As of 30 November 2013, all dangerous dogs are required to be microchipped. If microchipping is likely to adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog, a veterinarian can provide an Exemption Certificate.

  • Relevant registration forms:

Registration Fees

  Fee per year Fee for three years Fee for a lifetime
Unsterilised dog $50 $120 $250
Sterilised dog (proof of sterilisation must be provided)     $20 $42.50 $100

Individuals on a full pension are entitled to 50% off the above mentioned prices, upon producing an appropriate pension card.

Registration Process

  • Dogs may be registered by downloading and completing an Animal Registration Form, or by attending the City of Armadale administration:
    City of Armadale Administration Centre
    7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale

  • Animal Registration forms are also available at the vets listed below:

    • Ark Veterinary Hospital
      2970 Albany Highway, Kelmscott

    • Champion Lake Veterinary Clinic
      121 Westfield Road, Camillo

    • Foothills Animal Hospital
      23 Thomas Street, Armadale

    • Forrestdale Veterinary Hospital
      5/2 Hensbrook Loop, Forrestdale

    • Greencross Vet Armadale
      3/1265 Armadale Road, Haynes

    • Kudah Veterinary Services
      39 Alex Wood Drive, Forrestdal

    • Railway Veterinary Hospital
      247 Railway Avenue, Kelmscott (between 1 and 3pm, Monday to Friday)

    • Roleystone Animal Hospital
      8 Fancote Street, Kelmscott

    • Vet West Animal Hospital
      370 South Western Highway, Armadale
    • West Coast Vets
      10 Freeman Road, Forrestdale

  • Complimentary Reply Paid Envelopes are provided allowing you to submit your payment details on the application form and post to the City.

Dangerous and/or restricted breed dogs

  • Restricted Breeds are:

    • Pit Bull Terriers, or American Pitt Bull Terriers,
    • Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian fighting dog),
    • Japanese Tose,
    • Dogo Argentina (Argentinan fighting dog) and
    • Perro depresa Canario.
  • All restricted breeds must be microchipped, sterilised and cannot be bought, sold or transferred except in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 33GC(4)(a) or (b) of the Dog Act 1976. Proof of sterilisation and microchipping is required with the application.

  • More information is available in the restricted breeds regulations.

  • Under the Dog Act 1976, owners of Pit Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, and Perro De Pressa Canario (or crosses of these breeds) must have their dogs on a lead and muzzled at all times in public places, and must ensure the dogs are suitably confined when on the owner’s property. These dogs must also be sterilised.

  • 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:

    • Registrations for dangerous dogs will only be renewed annually under the Dog Act 1976 section 15.3A, which means they can only be registered for one year at a time.

    • Requirement for the 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 (7) years old from entering or inserting part of their body. Warning signs must be displayed at every entrance.

Containing your dog

Dogs must be held on a leash in all public places, unless in an approved Dog Exercise Area. Wandering or stray dogs present a risk to the community.

Lost or wandering dog

Please see the Animal Management Facility section.

Where you can exercise your dog

  • The City's new enclosed off-leash dog park opened in April 2018 at The John Dunn Memorial Park in Kelmscott with separate spaces for small, medium, and large dogs.

  • The following reserves within the City of Armadale are places where dogs are prohibited, absolutely:

    • Gwynne Park, Forrest Road, Armadale.

    • Bob Blackburne, Champion Drive, Armadale.

    • Memorial Park, Orchard Avenue, Armadale.

    • Morgan Park, Doorigo Road, Armadale.

    • Springdale Park, Springdale Road, Karragullen.

    • Any land that has been set apart as a children’s playground.

    • An area being used for sporting or other activities, as permitted by the local government, during the times of such use.

    • Any land or reserve whereby the entry of dogs is prohibited by a sign stating conditions in relation there to: road reserves, car parks or thoroughfares are not a public place or class of public place which are dog exercise areas.

    • It is an offence to permit your dog to be on these reserves or places at any time. Offenders can be fined $200.

  • All other reserves owned by or under the care, control and management of the City of Armadale are dog exercise areas where dogs may be exercised off leash provided they are kept under control at all times.

Dog barking complaints

  • Residents are encouraged to speak to neighbouring dog owners if they are concerned about excessive barking or contact the Ranger team.

  • A Barking Pack can be sent to the owner of the dog which can be used to make your neighbour aware you are affected by their dog’s behaviour, as well as provide options to them to improve their dog’s behaviour.

  • If the problem continues, residents are encouraged to contact Ranger Services who will provide a Nuisance Dog Barking Diary. The diary must be completed over 14 days noting each time you are affected by the dog nuisance.

  • A ranger will review the information and contact you to discuss the next step.

Dog attack

All attacks should be reported to Ranger Services, regardless of the attack severity.

As a dog owner, you are legally responsible for how your dog behaves. By managing your dog correctly, you can prevent it from attacking people and animals.

Dog attack

The Dog Act 1976 interprets an “attack” to be aggressively rushing at or harassing any person or animal; or biting, or otherwise causing physical injury to, a person or animal; or tearing clothing on, or otherwise causing damage to the property of, the person attacked; or attempting to attack, or behaving in such a manner toward a person as would cause a reasonable person to fear injury.

How to prevent your dog attacking people and animals

  • Never allow your dog to wander unsupervised
  • Install secure fencing and regularly check it
  • When out, keep your dog on a leash

When in any public place in Western Australia, your dog must be tethered or on a leash unless the place is a designated dog exercise area. You may exercise your dog off the leash in designated dog exercise areas, however, as an owner you are still fully responsible for the control and behaviour of your dog.

What do I do if I am attacked?

If you, or someone you observe, are threatened or attacked by dogs, call the City of Armadale on (08) 9394 5000. If serious or life threatening injures are sustained call 000 or seek the required medical attention.

For additional details, please call the City of Armadale on (08) 9394 5000.

Multiple dogs registration

The City of Armadale allows more than two dogs to be kept at properties, subject to the size of the property, as per the table below under our Dog Local Law. All dogs must be registered and microchipped. Numbers in excess of the permitted numbers can be applied for with the City of Armadale by completing the Application Form to Keep Multiple Dogs and paying the application fee.

Premises land area and maximum dogs permitted

Premises having a land area of:

  • Less than 4,000 square metres: maximum 2 dogs permitted
  • 4,000 to 9,999 square metres: maximum 3 dogs permitted
  • 10,000 square metres or greater: maximum 4 dogs permitted.