City of Karratha

Ranger Services

The City of Karratha Ranger Services can be contacted 24/7 on 9186 8555.

Quick links:

Report It

Our 'Report it' online reporting tool allows you to quickly report damage to Council facilities, maintenance issues, off-road vehicles or suspicious activity such as illegal dumping or littering. To lodge a report, click here.


Registration: All dogs in Western Australia over the age of three (3) months must be registered and microchipped. For more information about dog registration click here.

Responsible ownership: Part of being a responsible dog owner is ensuring your dog is kept secure in your yard. Loved family pets that have escaped their yards are often responsible for serious offences and it's best to mitigate this risk before it occurs. Residents are urged to report any wandering dogs as soon as they see them. Find out more about responsible dog ownership here: Responsible Dog Ownership (0.7mb PDF)

Off-lead dog exercise areas: If your dog is easily controlled when off lead, you may take them to the following parks:

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

Owners must have verbal control over their dog at all times and must be able to stop their dog from interfering with other people's enjoyment of the area. Dogs are required to stay on lead during sporting events and training and are not allowed to enter children’s play areas.  Download a map of the Dog Exercise Areas (1.5mb PDF)

Dog attacks: A dog attack includes a dog aggressively rushing at or attempting to attack a person or animal without injury or damage, as well as tearing clothing, biting, or causing physical injury. Report dog attacks immediatly by contacting Ranger Services on 9186 8555.  Read more about dog attacks here.

Barking/Dangerous/Restricted Breeds: Ranger Services understand the frustrations that a barking dog can cause, disrupting sleep and quality of life. The laws relating to dog nuisance are prescribed by State Legislation and local authorities are bound to follow that process.  If your dog displays behavioural problems it is important that you address them quickly and with appropriate training. Read more about barking or dangerous dogs and restricted breeds here.

Impounded: 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. Read more about impounded dogs here.

Unwanted dogs: If you have a dog that you are no longer able to keep, you can advertise for it to go to a new home. Contact SAFE Karratha on (08) 9185 4634. Rangers do not collect unwanted dogs.

Bush Fire Advice and Permits to Burn

Restricted fire season exists all year within the City of Karratha. Fire permits are REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES for any open air fires. Lighting of fires in the open air within the City of Karratha for the purpose of camping or cooking are prohibited on days of Very High, Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger forecast (this includes gas cooking appliances). Read more about local fire information.


Camping is available at 40 Mile (Gnoorea Point) Nature Based Campsite and at Cleaverville Naturebased Campsite.  Read more about Camping in the City of Karratha here.


The Cat Act 2011 requires that all cats over the age of six months must be sterilised, microchipped and registered with their relevant local government.  Read more about cat registration and information here.

Responsible cat ownership:

  • Contain your cat on your own property
  • Ensure your cat is easily identifiable with a collar, name tag with owner phone number and a registration tag
  • Microchip and sterilise your cat
  • Keep your cat(s) in at night.

Download the Responsible Cat Ownership Brochure (0.5mb PDF)

Off Road Vehicle Offenders

We know off road vehicles are popular for recreation in the Pilbara but we also need to protect our foreshores and sand dunes from erosion. Driving vehicles on sand dunes like those at Back Beach is prohibited and rangers have the power to issue infringements to ensure the integrity of our coastline.