Animals in the City
This City's Animals Local Law 1999 addresses the most common animals that residents are likely to keep.
A person may only keep two dogs unless they have received specific approval from the City to keep more. Dogs must be registered under the provisions of the Dog Act. The local law also addresses various matters regarding kennel establishments. A brochure on good dog ownership is available from the City upon request. From 1 November 2013 all dogs are required to be microchipped. Proof of microchipping must be provided prior to registration.
The Cat Act 2011 requires that all cats over the age of six months must be sterilised, microchipped and registered. Cat breeders must apply for a cat breeding permit from the City. Conditions apply to cat breeding permits and an non refundable fee is payable upon lodgement of an application.
Before a person can keep pigeons on a property, they must apply to the City for a permit, and obtain written opinion of their neighbours, which will be taken into account when the decision to permit pigeon keeping is made. Consideration must also be given to the number of pigeons, loft construction and flight times. Pigeon keepers are also obliged to pay an annual registration to the City. A person may not keep ostriches or emus on residential or commercial land but may do so on special rural land under certain conditions.
A person may keep up to 12 poultry in a residential area, but they must be housed permanently in a specially constructed hut. The hut must be nine metres from dwellings and any street as well as one metre off the boundaries. Please contact your local Environmental Health Officer where you can receive more detailed information on the construction requirements. Please note that roosters, turkeys, geese, peacocks and peahens are prohibited in all residential areas.
Generally, bee keeping in residential areas is not permitted. For further information visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Miniature Pigs and Horses
Miniature pigs and horses may be kept in a residential area with prior local government approval and upon an annual licence being obtained. There are restrictions and requirements under the City's Animals Local law 1999 for keeping a miniature pig or horse. Keeping a large animal such as a horse, pig or sheep is prohibited in most areas of Joondalup.
From time to time, wildlife such as kangaroos find their way on the City’s roads which can potentially be harmful to the animal. It can also cause a danger to others, particularly road users that may not see or be aware of the animal on a road. In instances where wildlife is seen on roads, it is recommended that contact be made with the Department of Parks and Wild Life on 9474 9055 or the WA Police on 131 444, so that the animal can be removed or the traffic hazard identified.
Western Australia is home to some of the most poisonous snakes in the world. City of Joondalup officers are not authorised to manage the removal of snakes.
If you need assistance, please contact the Department of Parks and Wild Life Wildcare Office on 9474 9055. DPAW will refer you to the appropriate organisation or people for the collection of the animal (eg Snake Busters). Although DPAW’s Wildcare Office is staffed 24 hours a day by volunteers, they are only a referral agency and therefore can’t collect injured animals or snakes.
Do not attempt to kill or capture a snake yourself. Most snake bites result from people forcing a snake into a situation where the snake feels threatened and attacks out of self defense. Try to remain calm and note where the snake disappeared to and wait for an attending officer to safely capture and remove it.