Pet Ownership 

Responsible pet ownership is encouraged and governed by the Dog Act 1976 and Cat Act 2011 (as amended).

Useful Documents

Dog - Cat Registration Form

Dog - Cat Registration update form

Change of Ownership

Laws for Responsible Dog Owners brochure

Application to House More Than Two Dogs Within a Residential Area

Dangerous Dog Commercial Security Fact Sheet

Dangerous Dog Declared Fact Sheet

Dangerous Dog Restricted Fact Sheet

Restricted Dog Breeds Information

Approved Off Leash and Dog Restricted Areas in the City

There are a number of areas across the City approved as leash free areas and others that are restricted from walking dogs, even if they are on a leash.  See the map: Dog Exercise Areas

Lost your pet?

Check the animals that are in the Dog and Cat Management Facility (Pound).

Pound open hours: 1-2pm 7 days a week.

Rangers contact: (08) 9956 6600

IMPORTANT: If you make an identification of your pet at the Dog and Cat Management Facility, you should contact the City's Rangers immediately on (08) 9956 6600 for information on how to release your animal.

Note: The City is required to keep dogs/cats for at least 72 hours before the animal becomes property of the Council.

What do you do when your dog or cat is lost?

Pet owners can do the following to insure the safe return of their pet:

  • Look around your neighbourhood and visit places your dog/cat would regularly visit such as the park. Also pay a visit to your local shopping centres and school
  • Check with the Dog and Cat Management Facility to view online what pets are currently impounded
  • Report your missing pet to the City Rangers on (08) 9956 6600
  • Phone your vet
  • Advertise in the paper, radio and social media
  • Put notices up on shopping centre notice boards
  • Keep on looking for several weeks, some people find a dog/cat and do not report it to Council straight away as they may be worried the animal could be destroyed.

What do you do when you’ve found a stray/lost pet?

All residents are encouraged to report all stray pets to City Rangers on (08) 9956 6600.

They are should also do the following:

  • Check collar (if wearing one) for name and contact
  • Phone veterinary clinics, the owner may have contacted the vet and they may be able to help you find the owner
  • Share on social media.

Dog Ownership

All dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs are registered and are not left to wander in order to protect not only the safety of people, but dogs alike.

City Rangers are authorised to investigate all offenses under the Dog Act (1976) and conduct regular patrols throughout the City.

Impounded dogs will not be released from the Dog and Cat Management Facility (Pound) unless they are registered and micro-chipped.

Dog Registration

All dogs over the age of three months must be:

  • Registered
  • Micro-chipped
  • And wear a collar with registration tag.

The annual registration period runs from November 1 to October 31 the following year. All registrations can be made at the Geraldton Civic Centre on 63 Cathedral Avenue.

When registering your dog, please consider the following:

  • Updating your contact details (address, telephone number and dog status) if recently changed, you must inform the council within 28 days by submitting an information update form
  • If you have relocated to Geraldton you can exchange your current registration tag for a City of Greater Geraldton tag, a small administration fee applies
  • Proof of sterilisation and micro-chipping is required, sterilisation certificates are provided by your veterinary surgeon for this purpose.
  Full Charge (per dog) Pensioner (per dog)
  1 Year 3 Years Lifetime 1 Year 3 Years Lifetime
Sterilised $20.00 $42.50 $100.00 $10.00 $21.25 $50.00
Un-sterilised $50.00 $120.00 $250.00 $25.00 $60.00 $125.00

Barking dogs

You are responsible for ensuring your dog is not a public nuisance by excessive barking. Severe penalties apply for breaches under the Dog Act (1976). Please consider the impact of your dog’s behaviour on your neighbours. 

For further information on this issue, contact the City Rangers on (08) 9956 6600.

Dog attacks

The City takes dog attacks very seriously. If your dog attacks a person or animal, you will be held responsible even if you are not there during the time of the offence.

A dog attack can see you receiving multiple penalties and fines of up to $20,000, or even jail time. Attacks can include the following:

  • An attempt to attack or behave in such a manner toward a person as would cause a reasonable person to fear physical injury

  • Aggressively rushing towards victim

  • Attempting to attack

  • Tearing clothing

  • Biting

  • And causing any physical injury.

Dog owner responsibilities

As an owner, you have a number of responsibilities as outlined in the Dog Act (1976), which states owners must ensure their dog:

  • Wears a collar displaying the owners name and details with the City registration tag.
  • Must be confined to the premises where it lives at all times
  • Is held by a competent person capable of controlling a dog in public
  • In designated areas, dogs may be exercised off a leash, however the person in control of the dog must carry a dog and restrain when required.

Cat Ownership

Stated in the Cat Act (2011), cats over the age of six months are required to be sterilised, micro-chipped and registered with your local City Council.

Having the Cat Act (2011) implemented enables City rangers and owners alike to better control and manage stray and unwanted cats.

Cat Registration

All cats over the age of six months must be:

  • Sterilised
  • Registered
  • Micro-chipped
  • And wear a collar with registration tag.

The annual registration period runs from November 1 to October 31 the following year. All registrations can be made at the Geraldton Civic Centre on 63 Cathedral Avenue.

When registering your cat, please consider the following:

  • Updating your contact details (address, telephone number and cat status) if recently changed, you must inform the council within 28 days by submitting an information update form
  • If you have relocated to Geraldton you can exchange your current registration tag for a City of Greater Geraldton tag, a small administration fee applies
  • Proof of sterilisation and micro-chipping is required, sterilisation certificates are provided by your veterinary surgeon for this purpose.
   Full Charge (per cat)  Pensioner (per cat)
  1 Year 3 Years  Lifetime  1 Year  3 Years  Lifetime 
 Sterilised  $20.00 $42.50  $100.00  $10.00   $21.25  $50.00

Cat owner responsibilities

As an owner, you have a number of responsibilities as outlined in the Cat Act (2011), which states owners must ensure their cat:

  • Registered
  • Wears a collar displaying the owners name and details with the Council registration tag.
  • Sterilised
  • Micro-chipped

The legislation will enable City Rangers to better manage unwanted and stray cats within the community and environment. It also promotes and encourages responsible ownership amongst residents and gives Local Council the authority and power to administer and enforce the legislation.