Animal Ownership

Owning a pet is highly rewarding and many people enjoy having a pet for companionship, social interaction and a sense of security. Everyone who owns a pet must be aware of their responsibilities, not only to their pet, but also to the wider community. 

Shire Rangers are responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Western Australian Dog Act 1976, Cat Act 2011 and associated Local Laws. This includes investigating complaints, engaging with the community to provide education and awareness, and taking enforcement action when necessary to ensure the safety and amenity of our community are protected.

The Department of Local Government website provides comprehensive resources to help owners understand their responsibilities in relation to owning a dog or a cat.

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Contact the Shire

Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


66 Allnut Terrace
Tues, Wed, Thurs
9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255


For contact details for fire, police, bushfire brigades, hospitals, storm damage, power outages, etc please see the emergency contact page

National Relay Service

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment call us through the National Relay Service

Change of details form

To ensure that you receive your Rates Notice on time we need to be updated on changes. You can do this online.