Pets in the Shire of Ashburton

Pet Ownership Responsibilities

The Shire of Ashburton encourages responsible pet ownership and enforces cat and dog ownership guidelines as stated in the Dog Act 1976, Dog Regulations 2013, Dogs Local Law 2012 and the Cat Act 2011. Rangers may impose on-the-spot fines and impound dogs for breaches of the Dog and Cat Acts.

As of 1 November 2013, all domestic cats in Western Australia, over six months of age, need to be sterilised, micro-chipped and registered with their local government as per the Cat Act 2011.

Dogs are also required to be micro-chipped and registered with their local government as per the Dog Amendment Bill 2013.  We encourage all dog owners to sterilise their pets to prevent them contributing to the increasing population of unwanted animals.

Pet owners have specific legal responsibilities, which are intended for the convenience of all the community, as well as the health and well-being of your animals.

Exercise Areas

Dog owners must pay attention to signage and use the bags provided in the dog tidy dispensers.

In the event that the above off leash dog exercise areas are being used by sporting and community groups, consideration needs to be given to ensure your dog is kept under your control during these times. 

Dogs are permitted to exercise off leash in the following areas:


  • Thalanyji Oval (previously known as Onslow Oval), Third Avenue
  • At the foreshore between high and low watermarks (west of First Avenue boat ramp to Four Mile Creek)

Tom Price 

  • Clem Thompson Memorial Oval
  • Tjiluna Oval
  • Minna Oval in Area W
  • Tom Price Dog Park, North Road


  • Peter Sutherland Oval, corner Fortescue Road and Nickol Avenue
  • Top Oval,  corner Fortescue Place and Fortescue Road
  • Grass Reserve, corner Fortescue Road and Ashburton Avenue


Places where dogs are prohibited absolutely in the Shire of Ashburton include:

  • A public building (unless permitted by a sign)
  • A theatre or picture gardens
  • All food premises and food transport vehicles
  • A public swimming pool
  • A public toilet block or changing room
  • A cemetery, unless otherwise provided for in the local governments local law relating to cemeteries.

These areas are subject to any written law and any law of the Commonwealth about assistance animals as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) section 9(2).


As of 1 November 2013 all domestic cats in WA over 6 months of age will need to be sterilised, micro-chipped and registered with their local government.

All dogs must be micro-chipped before they can be registered.  If your dog is already registered you must ensure it is micro chipped before 1 November 2015

Registration forms are available from your local Shire office.  You will need to show proof of sterilisation and micro-chipping which is available from your Vet.


The period of registration (or dog year) runs from 1 November to 31 October, regardless of when the dog is actually registered.

Dog Registration Fees

                          1 Year 3 Year Lifetime
Unsterilised Dog $50 $120 $250
Sterilised Dog $20 $42.50 $100
Dangerous Dog Fee: $50 + registration (one year only)

Cat Registration Fees

Annual registration $20                                                         
Three year registration $42.50                           
Lifetime registration $100
Annual application for approval or renewal of approval to breed cats (per cat)  $100

Pensioner - 50% off Regular fees