Dog ownership

Responsible Dog Ownership

Everyone who owns a dog has a responsibility to ensure that their dog is well cared for and does not cause a nuisance to others.

All dogs over the age of three months that are kept within the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River are required to be microchipped and registered. Apart from being a legal requirement, registration also assists Rangers in quickly reuniting dogs with their owners should they stray from home. In addition, all dogs must wear a collar with a valid registration tag, be adequately confined on their properties, held on a leash in public places that are not designated dog exercise areas, and nuisance behaviours such as excessive barking and aggression are managed appropriately.

Residents may keep only two dogs per property in a residential area and four dogs per property in rural areas, unless permission is granted by the Shire to keep additional dogs.

Registration Fees

Registration fees can be paid at the Margaret River or Augusta Shire offices from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am to 4pm (please note, the Augusta office is closed between 12pm and 1pm). Proof of sterilisation must be provided at the time of registration.


1 year

3 years




Pensioner concession












Pensioner concession










Registration Concessions

  • The Pensioner concession can only be applied on presentation of a current Pensioner Concession Card, Veteran's Card or a Senior's Card together with a Commonwealth Senior's Health Card.
  • New dog registrations processed after 31 May and before 1 November in the year of the first registration will receive a 50% reduction off the 1 year registration fee. This reduction is not applicable for 3 year or lifetime registrations.
  • A working dog concession is applicable for farmers who are using their dog(s) to tend to livestock.  A 'Working Dog Concession Form' is required to be completed in addition to the application for dog registration.
  • Authorised Guide dogs and special needs dogs are exempt from registration fees, but they must still be registered with the Shire.

Dog Exercise Areas

The following sites are designated as dog exercise areas. When using these areas dogs can be off lead but they must be under effective control at all times. 

Augusta map

  • Civic Park, Hillview Road north to the Civic Centre.
  • Leeuwin Road Park, bounded by Leeuwin Road, Osnaburg and York Streets.

  • Flinders Bay, south west incorporating beach area and to most southern pathway near Flinders Bay Caravan Park.

Cowaramup map

  • Recreation Ground*, bounded by Bussell Highway, Waverley Road and Cowaramup Primary School.
  • Parkwater - The reserve bounded by Pioneer Drive to the North West and Honeytree Grove to the West. 
  • Parkwater - Parkwater oval bounded by Currawong Street in the East and Sunset Drive in the South. 

Gnarabup map‚Äč

  • Gnarabup Beach, from Narda Avenue approximately 300m south-west.
  • Gnarabup public open space, Reidle Avenue to Marmaduke Point Drive
  • Gnarabup: The beach known as ‘Back Beach’ accessed by the steps at Reef drive car parkstretch approximately 170m north of that access and 130m south of that access.
  • The beach known as ‘Back Beach’ accessed by the steps at Reef drive car park , stretch approximately 170m north of that access and 130m south of that access.
  • Rifle Butts Reserve excluding the children’s playground area
  • Prohibited area: The beach area of Gnarabup, south of Back Beach and north of Boodjidup Beach, including Gas Bay beach and Grunters from 15 December 2021 to 15 March 2022.

Gracetown map

  • Cowaramup Bay Road, from Cowaramup Brook to Salter Street.
  • Recreation Hall Reserve, west of the hall.

Margaret River East (including Rapids Landing/Brookfield) map

  • The reserve bounded by Brookfield Ave to the South and Leschenaultia Ave to the West. 
  • Georgette, bounded by Georgette Drive and McKeown Place.
  • Hillier Park, bounded by Tingle Avenue, Spinebill Ramble and Hillier Drive.
  • Gloucester Park Nippers Oval, Mon - Fri before 3:00pm, Sat & Sun between 5:00pm - 7:00am depending on scheduled sports (not pictured on map)

Rosa Brook map

  • Reserve 1956, Rosa Brook Road

Witchcliffe map

  • Mammoth Street, west of Mammoth Street bounded by Redgate Road (south), Railway Reserve (west) and May Street (north).

Changes to dog exercise areas

A minor review of dog exercise areas in key locations across the Shire took place from August - November 2021. Find out more.
The next major review of dog areas across the Shie is scheduled for July/August 2022. The whole community will be invited to provide feedback.

Animal Management Facility 

Information regarding the Shire Animal Management Facility, including collection hours and details of currently impounded animals, can be found on the Animal Management Facility page.

Further information

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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


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