Pet Ownership

The City's Ranger Services are responsible for the impounding of stray and unowned dogs, cats and livestock. All dogs and cats are held for a 96 hour (four day) period if not registered or microchipped and for a 168 hour (seven day) period where the owner is readily identifiable. If an animal is not claimed within the time periods stated above it may be disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the Dog Act 1976 or Cat Act 2011.

Local laws relating to dogs

Animal Management Facility

The animal management facility is located in Kilburn Lane, Kelmscott which is shown in the Streetsmart street directory on page 496, reference C2, or the UBD street directory on page 372, reference F11.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 3.30 to 4.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9 to 10am, except Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Is your pet at the Animal Management Facility?

To find out if your dog or cat has been impounded visit the Animal Management Facility page or contact Ranger Services on 9394 5000 during office hours, or 1300 886 885 after hours. Before an animal can be released from the facility it must be registered, microchipped and sterilised (cats only). You will be required to provide proof that you are either its owner or a person acting on behalf of its owner.

All dogs and cats are photographed at the time of impounding. Copies of the photographs can be viewed on a notice board at the animal management facility. Alternatively, a complete list of impounded dogs and cats are available on the Animal Management Facility page.

Cat Registration

From 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 took effect and requires all cats that have reached six (6) months of age to be microchipped, sterilised and registered with the 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 encouraging 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 per year, $42.50 for three years and $100 for lifetime registration. (Proof of sterilisation and microchipping must be provided unless exemption has been granted by a veterinarian). Individuals on a full pension are entitled to 50 per cent off the above mentioned 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 2011 it is an offence not to register cats over the age of six (6) months.

Applications for registrations are available to download from the City’s website or can be collected in person from the Administration Building, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale.

Cat Management Facility

The City’s Rangers are not actively involved in trapping of stray or unowned cats. If a cat is trapped on private property and the property owner contacts the City, Rangers will collect the captured cat. All impounded cats are thoroughly checked for a registration tag and scanned for microchipping details. Where an owner can be readily identified, Ranger Services will contact the owner to advise how and where to collect their animal. Registered and or microchipped cats will be kept for a period of seven (7) days at the City of Armadale’s Animal Management Facility.

To check if your cat is at the City’s Animal Management Facility please follow this link Animal Management Facility

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.

Application for approved cat breeder

Limits on cat numbers

The legislation does not limit the number of cats that can be owned. This falls to local governments who may choose to introduce a local law.

Where a local law limiting the number of cats which may be kept  at a property, is introduced, it will not apply to the cats currently owned and kept at that property. However where a cat, in excess of the permitted number is sold, given away or dies it must not be replaced.

Cat traps

Ranger Services hire cat traps to residents for a cash deposit of $100, which is fully refundable when the cat trap is returned. Opening hours are 3.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9 to 10am Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Rangers will collect the cat(s) from the residents property, during the hours of 8.15am until 6pm Monday to Friday, and transport them to the Animal Management Facility.

Rangers request that the guidelines below are followed to ensure the welfare of the cat:

  • Several days prior, start feeding the cat where you intend to set the trap. It will be far more likely to enter the trap if it has been fed there previously.
  • Set the trap according to the instructions you were given when you hired it. Make sure it is stable and will not tip over, that it is set under shelter, out of rain and sun, and out of public view. Please also avoid setting traps in extreme weather conditions.
  • It is an extremely traumatic experience for a cat to be trapped, and it is essential it is covered for the entire time it is in the trap. When setting the trap, place an old sheet or towel over the back half. As soon as you know that the cat has entered the trap, cover the trap completely.
  • You will need to check the trap every couple of hours during the day, and in the morning if set overnight. Don’t leave a cat in a trap for too long. As soon as you are aware a cat is in it, you must contact the City’s Rangers on 9394 5000.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Local Government has added some Frequently Asked Questions on the cat legislation to its website. For more information please go to

Further details:

Dog Registration

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.

As of  30 November 2013, all dangerous dogs are required to be microchipped . On and after 1 November 2013,  the owner of a dog was required to ensure that the dog was microchipped if the dog had reached 3 months of age and the dog was not in current registration at 31 October 2013. On and after 1 November 2015, the owner of a dog that has reached three (3) months of age must ensure that the dog is microchipped. If microchipping is likely to adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog, a veterinarian can provide an Exemption Certificate.

Dog registration fees are $50 per year or $120 for three years for an unsterilised dog; or $20 per year or $42.50 for three years for a sterilised dog (proof of sterilisation must be provided). Individuals on a full pension are entitled to 50 per cent off the above mentioned prices, upon producing an appropriate pension card.

Dogs may be registered by downloading and completing an Animal Registration form, or at one of the following locations within the City of Armadale:

  • City of Armadale Administration Centre, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale
  • Champion Lake Veterinary Clinic, 121 Westfield Road, Camillo
  • Railway Veterinary Hospital, 247 Railway Avenue, Kelmscott (between 1pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Ark Veterinary Hospital, 2970 Albany Highway, Kelmscott
  • Armadale/Byford Veterinary Hospital, South West Highway, Armadale
  • Foothills Animal Hospital, 23 Thomas Street, Armadale
  • Roleystone Animal Hospital, 17 Page Road, Kelmscott

Payment can only be made in cash at the Veterinary Centres.

Application for Animal Registration

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:

  • Registrations for dangerous dogs will only be renewed annually under the Dog Act 1976 section 15.3A.
  • 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 (7) years old from entering or inserting part of their body. Warning signs must be displayed at every entrance.

Restricted Breeds

Restricted Breeds are Pit Bull Terrier breed or American Pitt Bull Terrier, 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). Proof of sterilisation and microchipping is required with the application.

More information is available in the restricted breeds regulations.

Dog free reserves

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

  • Gwynne Park, Forrest Road, Armadale.
  • Bob Blackburn, Champion Drive, Armadale.
  • Memorial Park, Orchard Avenue, Armadale.
  • John Dunn, Third Avenue, Kelmscott.
  • 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 thereto: 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. Dogs are permitted on Minnawarra Park in Armadale provided they are kept on a leash at all times.

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.

Cleaning up after your dog

Individuals are required to pick up after their dogs when in a public place. Failure to do so may result in a fine of $40. Dog faeces must be disposed of responsibly, preferably in the bins provided.

Useful Links