Owning more than 2 dogs

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The Maximum number of Dogs Under Dog Act 1976 Section 26(3) and the Shire's Dogs Local Law, residents who wish to keep more than two dogs, but no more than six are required to have a permit.  Only two dogs and their puppies (under three months of age) can be kept on a property without a permit.

If the property where the dogs are to be kept is located in a residential area, all owners and occupiers of any properties within 50m of the property boundary will be contacted by the Shire for approval or objection.

If the premises where the dogs are to be kept is located in a rural zone, then all property owners and occupiers of any properties within 100m of the property boundary will be contacted by the Shire for approval or objection.

If a property owner or occupier objects to a permit being issued, reasons must be documented in writing and sent to the Shire for assessment.   The Shire must ensure that the property is adequately fenced so that the dogs cannot escape and you may be required to erect a purpose built dog compound to contain your dogs.

Complete the Application for 3 to 6 Dog(PDF, 146KB) Application for 3 to 6 Dog and submit it to the Shire.

Exemptions

The Shire may exempt a property from obtaining a three to six dog permit if:

  • The property is within the general rural zone under the Local Planning Scheme
  • The property is more than 100 hectares in area
  • The occupiers of the premises comply with the provisions of the Local Laws relating to the keeping of the dogs and any other written law relevant to the keeping of dogs.

Fees

Should a permit application be required, a one-off non-refundable application fee applies, as per the Shire's Schedule of Fees and Charges which is payable when the application is lodged with the Shire.

Fines and penalties

Heavy fines and penalties can be issued for failing to comply with the Dog Act 1976 and the Shire's Local Law.

Breeding

The breeding of pedigree dogs has become quite popular in Western Australia. However, before you start, you need to obtain planning approval and obtain a kennel licence from the Shire. 

If you are considering breeding your dogs as a business, you are required to apply for a kennel licence.  Contact the Shire's Planning and Development Department for more information.