The Town of Claremont's Rangers are responsible for the registration of cats and dogs.

The Rangers are also authorised to monitor and enforce compliance with laws regarding the behaviour and control of dogs. This includes barking and reporting lost and found dogs.

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Dogs

All dogs over the age of three months must be:

  • Microchipped
  • Registered with the Town of Claremont
  • Wear a registration tag in public places
As a dog owner, you must also ensure that:
  • Your dogs are not a nuisance or dangerous to the community
  • Your dog does not wonder without proper control
  • You clean up after your dog in public places
  • Your property is adequately secured
  • Your dog is generally quiet

Registering your dog

Registration rules are set for the Town by the Dog Act 1976.

The Dog Registration Year begins on 1 November each year and expires on 31 October, with registration renewal reminders sent to owners in mid-October. These dates apply regardless of when you take out your initial registration.

When you register your dog you can:

  • Choose whether to register your dog for a one or three year period
  • Provide proof that your dog is sterilised to receive a reduction to the registration fee

Once your dog is registered, it can live anywhere in Western Australia. However, if you permanently move to a new area within the Dog Registration Year, we ask that you let your old and new local government authorities know so we can keep our registration records up to date. For dogs moving into the Town of Claremont, we will issue a new registration tag at no cost.

Lost registration tags


Lost registration rags can be replaced at the Town's administration building at a cost of $5.

Exercising your dog

All dogs must be on a leash in public places, except when they are in a designated dog exercise area. See 'forms and documents' below for a map of the Town's dog exercise areas.

Despite being off-leash, dogs being exercised in these areas must still be under effective control of the owner/walker at all times and must not create a nuisance to other people.

A $200 infringement notice may be issued to owners whose dogs do not meet these requirements.

Wandering dogs

A fine of $200 is applicable for dogs walking without a leash outside designated dog exercise areas. Dogs found wandering without an owner/walker are impounded at Swanbourne Veterinary Centre.

Barking


Excessive barking is one of the most common complaints reported to the Town. Barking is monotonous and repetitive, and a sound that few people can tolerate for any length of time.

According to Section 38 of the Dog Act 1976, a dog must not cause a nuisance by barking. The Town may take action against a dog owner if three or more people from at least two different properties are affected by the noise. Complainants must be willing to declare this in writing and may also be required to attend a court of Petty Sessions.

To report a barking problem, please contact us.

Lost and found dogs

If you find a lost or stray dog, please contact the Town's Rangers:

We'll arrange to collect the dog from you at a mutually convenient time, and will do what we can to reunite the dog with its owner.

Found dogs are taken to Swanbourne Veterinary Centre.

  • Unregistered dogs, or dogs with no identification tags, are held at the centre for a minimum of three days to give the owner a chance to find it
  • Owners of registered dogs, or dogs with identification tags, will be contacted by the Town's Rangers. Identifiable dogs are held at the centre for seven days, or until they are collected

Dogs are released on payment of a $135 impound fee, plus $40 per day sustenance fee. A current dog licence must be produced in order to take the dog home.

Forms and documents

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Cats

All cats over the age of six months must be:

  • Microchipped
  • Sterilised
  • Registered with the Town of Claremont
  • Wear a registration tag in public places

Registering your cat

Registration fees for the Town are set by the Cat Act 2011.

In order for the registration to be completed, you must provide:

  • A microchip certificate
  • A sterilisation certificate

Forms and documents

Native wildlife

If you find sick, injured, or distressed native wildlife, please contact the Wildcare Helpline.