City of Karratha

Dog Ownership Rules and Management

Designated dog off-lead areas.

It is an offence to have a dog off a lead in all areas unless designated as a dog off lead area, infringements may be issued.

Please note, dogs must be kept on a lead during sporting events and trainings. Dogs are not permitted in children's play areas. 

Permitted areas:

Tambrey Oval - Nickol
Mara Guthurra Park - Baynton West
Millars Well Oval - Millars Well
Pegs Creek Oval - Pegs Creek
Old KEC Oval - Bulgarra

Hampton Oval - view the map here

Harding River - view the map here

Point Samson
North of Mears Drive - view the map here

Please refer to signage at these designated areas for further information.

Prohibited areas:

Point Samson - view the map here
Point Samson Beach
Honeymoon Cove


Excreta Disposal

If your dog excretes on a street or in a public place, you must remove and adequately dispose of it. Failing to remove or dispose of excrete is an offence under the City of Karratha Dog Local Law.

Council provides poo bags and bins on reserves to dispose of dog excreta. If your local park does not have any you can submit a request via our Report It platform.


Microchipping is a permanent method of being able to indentify animals. The chip is very small and is inserted in between the animal's shoulder blades.

How do I get my dog microchipped?
A vet, vet nurse or person with relevant qualifications from a registered training provider is able to implant a microchip in your dog. For more information on microchipping, contact a local vet.

What are the benefits of microchipping?
Microchipping your dog makes it easier for you to be reunited if they were to get lost. Any ranger or vet can scan the microchip to reveal your contact details. If your dog is impounded and they are not microchipped, you may be liable for a fine.

What happens if I do not get my dog microchipped?
When you register your dog, you will be required to provide proof of microchip. A person who fails to ensure their dog is microchipped may be liable for a penalty.

Barking Dogs

The City of Karratha appreciates that a barking dog can disrupt people's lives. If a dog barks continually without reason, the cause may be lack of training, insufficient exercise, lonelinessm inadequate shelter, ill health or deliberate or untintentional provocation by people or roaming dogs. For more information refer to the How to Deal with a Barking Dog brochure.

Residents are encouraged to try to improve the barking situation by:

  • Politely speaking to the dog owner and advising them that their dog is causing a nuisance. For more information refer to the Barking Dogs Kit (544KB)
  • If you have contacted the dog owner and are getting no results, contact us by phoning customer service on 9186 8555 or reporting the barking dog online via our Report It platform and our Ranger Services may be able to assist

Dog Attacks

We encourage the reporting of all dog incidents and/or attacks.

A dog does not have to inflict a wound for it to be classed as an attack. Our Rangers investigate each report, even if an injury has not occurred, to provide the dog owner with information to prevent any future incidents or attacks. If you report an attack, our Rangers may get in contact to ask you some questions about the incident.

If a dog attacks a person or an animal, the owner or person in control at the time may be held responsible and penalties applies. The number and severity of reported dog attacks is constantly monitored.

Dangerous Dogs

A Ranger may declare individual dogs 'dangerous' for offences such as attacking or repeatedly rushing, threatening or chasing people or animals.

If a dog is declared dangerous, the owner will be required to:

  • Display warning signs indicating a dangerous dog at all access points at the premises at which the dog is kept
  • Have the dog microchipped
  • Provide clearly signposted, child and dog-proof enclosures
  • Notify the local government if a dog attack occurs, if the goes missing or if the owners address details change
  • Notify the council if a female dog has puppies

Commercial guard dogs need to be specifically registered and their owners will be required to meet similar requirements, including providing supporting documentation.

Please note that penalties for a dangerous dog are double the standard infringement as per the Dog Act 1976.

Restricted Breeds

A restricted dog is defined as a breed whose importation into Australia is prohibited under the Commonwealth Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. At present this includes:

  • DOGO ARGENTINO (Argentinian fighting dog)
  • FILA BRASILEIRO (Brazilian fighting dog)
  • Any dog of mixed breed that visibly contains any of the above prohibited breeds

The regulations require owners to:

  • Ensure the dog wears a specified collar indicating a dangerous dog
  • Display warning signs indicating a dangerous dog at all access points at the premises at which the dog is kept
  • Keep the dog in a child-proof and escape proof enclosure when at home
  • Leash and muzzle the dog while in public places, or confine it in an enclosed place if not at home
  • Have the dog sterilised
  • Notify the local council within 24 hours if the dog is missing or ownership changes
  • Advise the new owner in writing that their dog is a restricted breed
  • Be 18 years or over and enure persons in charge of the dog in public places are also 18 or over (the leash or chain must be held by a person who is physically able to control the dog)

The City can enforce penalties of up to $5000.00 for any break of legislation. Residents of the City of Karratha may have two restricted dogs per owner without a permit.

Collars for Dangerous and Restricted Dogs

According to the Dog Act 1976, collars for dangerous or restricted dogs need to:

  • Bear alternate red and yellow stripes, each stripe being 25mm wide and set at an angle of 45 degrees to the rim of the collar
  • Reflect light from at least one of those colours so that the collar can be rendered visible in darkness
  • Be made of durable material
  • Be capable of being securely fastened
  • Be capable of being attached to a leash
  • Have a minimum width of:
    - 15mm for a dog weighing less that 10kg
    - 25mm for a dog weighing 10kg or more but less than 20kg
    - 40mm for a dog weighing 20kg or more but less than 40kg
    - 50mm for a dog weighing 40kg or more


Signs for Dangerous and Restricted dogs

A sign must be displayed informing that a dangerous or restricted dog is on the property.

The sign must:

  • Be a white rectangle measuring 200mm by 300mm
  • Be made of durable material
  • Contain the word 'WARNING' in white capital letters, 30mm high on a red rectangular panel measuring 190mm by 45mm near the top of the sign
  • Contain the below 'WARNING' panel with:
    - red circle 160mm in diameter containing the black head and neck of a dog 100mm high
    - the words 'DANGEROUS DOG' in capital letters 20mm high

Fencing Requirements for your Dog

By registering your dog you have declared that the fences and gates at your home are capable of confining your dog within your premises. Gates must also have effective self-closing mechanisms.

Impounded Dogs

If your dog is missing it may have been picked up by a Ranger and taken to the City's Animal Pound Facility. Impounded dogs may be claimed by appointment on weekdays between 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Poundage fees are applicable and dog owners are required to register their dog/s or provide proof of registration before the dog/s will be released. Proof of sterilisation is also required for registration purposes.

If your dog is found by one of our Rangers and is wearing a current City registration tag, the City of Karratha will attempt to contact you. We encourage you to keep your contact details current, any changes to your contact details can be updated here. This also includes keeping your microchip details up to date with registered provider.

Dogs that have been picked up by Ranger Serivces and are not claimed within a minimum of 72 hours are re-homed where suitable.

If you're looking for a new family pet you can view the dogs on the SAFE website.

Owners Basic Responsibility

For further information download the Responsible Dog Ownership brochure.