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Responsible Dog Ownership

As a responsible dog owner you are encouraged to:

  • microchip your dog
  • sterilise your dog
  • register your dog
  • vaccinate your dog
  • properly exercise your dog
  • ensure your dog does not engage in nuisance barking
  • ensure your dog is on a leash and under your control in public places.

For more information on the Dog Act 1976 amendments and how it will affect you and your dog, please visit the Department of Local Government and Communities, Responsible Dog Ownership website.

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Laws for Responsible Dog Owners brochure Document PDF 1.8 MB

Dog Registration

  • Lifetime dog registrations are now available.
  • Please note that microchipping your dog does not automatically register it with your local government.
  • Dog owners must provide their dog’s microchip number to the City when registering a dog, the microchip number is acceptable as evidence of microchipping
  • Statutory Declarations are acceptable as evidence of sterilisation when the veterinarian certificate is not available
  • Dog owners are required by law to have all dogs over the age of three months registered with local councils.
  • Registrations are also valid throughout Western Australia so you can transfer your dog registration to another council if you choose to move home or location.
  • The period of registration (“dog year”) runs from 1 November to 31 October, regardless of the date when the dog is actually registered.

Sterilised dogs

  • $20 per year
  • $42.50 for three years, or
  • $100 for a lifetime.

Unsterilised dog

  • $50 per year
  • $120 for three years, or
  • $250 for a lifetime.

If you are registering your dog for the first time, please complete a dog registration form below. If you have received a registration renewal notice from us, you can pay online.

Holders of a current Pensioner Concession Card receive a 50% discount.

Note: A registered Veterinary Surgeon’s Certificate or statutory declaration must be produced to be eligible for sterilisation rates.

Once your dog is registered, you will be issued with a coloured dog tag stating your dog’s number and registration expiry date. In addition to the registration tag provided, the owner’s name and address must be attached to its collar.

Amendments to the Dog Act 1976

The following information contains a summary of the law, which applies to the average dog owner in Rockingham. However it is not a substitute for professional legal advice on specific points in regards to the Dogs Local Law 2000 (available in Local Laws).

From 1 November 2013, amendments to the Dog Act 1976 came into effect. The amendments introduce microchipping for domestic dogs as well as a range of other measures to improve community safety and controls relating to dangerous dogs, encouraging responsible dog ownership and recognising assistance dogs.

The City welcomes the latest changes to the Dog Act. Dogs being clearly identifiable will benefit greatly in the reuniting of dogs with their owners in the event they become lost or separated.



By 1 November 2015:

  • All dogs must be microchipped.

Please contact your local veterinarian for costs associated with microchipping.

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Dog Registration Form Form PDF 252 kb

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Prescribed Number of Dogs

Only two dogs are allowed to be kept at any one residence in the urban area but rural and special rural areas may keep more than the prescribed number of dogs.

If you are thinking about keeping more than two dogs a written application must be made to the City with a non-refundable fee of $135 (GST inc).

Puppies may only be kept until they reach the age of three months.

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Dog Exercise Areas

dog on beach

There are a number of beaches across Rockingham that have been designated as dog exercise areas, please find a list and map below.

The City also has an enclosed off-leash dog exercise area at Bayview Reserve, Rockingham and is planning another one for Baldivis.

Further information on dog exercise areas as well as other information be sought by contacting the City's Ranger Services.

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Dog Beach Exercise Areas Map Document PDF 547 kb

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Wandering Dogs

Please prevent your dog from wandering the streets alone by ensuring your home is secure enough to prevent a dog escaping, keeping in mind dogs can escape by digging, jumping, running out of open gates and garage doors.

If your dog does escape, it could be seized by the Ranger and impounded or even killed on the roads by a car, which is a very common occurrence.

Dog Pound

dog in the pound

Lost your dog? We have a list of all dogs (including photos) currently impounded in Rockingham's dog pound.


My dog has been impounded

  •  Only the owner of the dog can collect.  If they want to appoint a delegate, they would need to supply the delegate details to the Pound Officer prior to collection, the delegate would need to complete a delegate form.
  • If the dog isn't registered or chipped and especially if it is highly sought after dog breed, the person suggesting they are the owner will need to satisfy the Ranger on duty that the dog is, in fact theirs.
  • The dog will need to be microchipped and registered in accordance with the Dog Act 1976.  If the dog is not microchipped, a pre-paid microchip would need to be processed at a vet, the chip number, vet and date/time of procedure to be carried out to be presented to the Pound Officer
  • Present themselves during pound times for collection.
  • Present chip eveidence as above if required and register the dog at the pound if required.
  • Pay pound and any other fees payable via cash or EFTPOS only.
  • Dog is released.

Pound opening hours

The Dog Pound is located on Hurrell Way, Rockingham. Opening times are Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Want to rehome a dog?

  • Call the City on 9528 0333 or attend the pound and ask to have your name placed against the specific dog.
  • If the dog is stray, the dog will usually be held for a period of 7 days (sometimes longer).  If the dog has been surrendered, it can usually go straight away.
  • A dog is rehomed to the first person who places his or her name against the dog.
  • Dog will need to be registered (registration is NOT transferrable between people (if dog came in registered), microchipped and sterilised (if not already)
  • The new owner books dog into vet of choice and Ranger will drop the dog off at the vet.  Dog will remain in the pound until then. 
  • No pound or rehoming fees are payable


Pound fees

Pound fees will be charged for the release of a straying dog, which is another reason not to let your dog escape or run away.


Fee description

Amount ($) Inclusive of GST

Impound fee $70 per dog
Registration fee If applicable (dog registration fees)
Sustenance fee $30 per dog
Surrender fee $100 per dog