Town of Victoria Park dog fact sheet

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Responsible dog ownership

Essential information for dog owners in the Town of Victoria Park

Dog Registration

State legislation requires that all dogs are registered with a Local Government in Western Australia. Registration can be for 1 year, 3 years or, for life. Non-lifetime registrations must be renewed on the 31 October in the year of expiry.

Please ensure your pets are registered with your local council, and make sure to transfer any pet registrations when you move. Making sure your pets are registered with the correct local government authority will help rangers identify lost pets.

Penalties apply for failure to register dogs.


In addition to registration, you are required by law to microchip your dogs. Microchipping helps identify lost or stolen pets and ensures they are returned to the correct owner.

Penalties apply for failure to microchip dogs.

Keeping more than two dogs

You must have approval to keep more than two dogs on your property. Contact the Town for further information.

Lost animals

Missing your pet? Please contact our Rangers or visit the Town of Victoria Park website to check whether your pet is safe in our animal care facility. Dogs must be registered and microchipped prior to release from the Animal Care Facility. Please note impound fees do apply.

Dog attacks

The Town takes all reported dog attacks seriously. If you or your dog are involved in a dog attack, seek appropriate veterinary and medical assistance, then contact the Town immediately.


The Dog Act 1976 sets out the penalties for various infringements relating to dog ownership, starting at $200 for a general infringement.

Barking issues

Excessive barking can be a nuisance and cause issues for your neighbours. Dogs bark for many reasons, including:

Separation anxiety – dogs are social animals and they can become stressed when left alone. Fear – nervous or scared dogs will bark out of fear.

Boredom – barking, digging, and chewing are common signs of boredom. Territorial – some dogs are very protective of their territory and will bark at passers by.

Fence line distraction/permeable fences – Dogs will often bark at what they can see or hear beyond your property. If your neighbour’s dogs are excessively barking, it’s important to speak with them about the issue. In many cases, dog owners are not aware that a barking issue exists.

Visit for more advice on how to deal with barking problems.

Restricted dog breeds

The following dog breeds are restricted in Western Australia:

Argentinean Fighting Dog

Presa Canario

Brazilian Fighting Dog

Japanese Tosa

American Pit Bull Terrier

Pit Bull Terrier

Any mix of the above Strict requirements exist for restricted breeds. Please contact the Town for more information.

This information is available in other formats on request. For more information, please contact the Town on 9311 8111 or email

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