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What you need to know about the Dog Act

Your Responsibilities

$500 on-the-spot fines

If you own a dog you have a legal responsibility to keep it under control, either within a fenced area on your property or on a leash when in public.
Your dog must always be on a leash in public, except at designated dog exercise areas. As the owner you can be given an on the spot fine of $500. If the matter goes to court, the fine could be as high as $1000.00.
You are responsible for ensuring your dog is not a public nuisance (ie by excessive barking). The on the spot fine is $500. If taken to court, the fine could be up to $2000.00.

People and Animals have rights

Even if your dog is well behaved it can be very frightening to other people if it is roaming unattended. Although you may think your dog is unlikely to attack a person, roaming dogs will often approach and sometimes attack other dogs. Responsible pet owners & their dogs are often targets of these attacks.

Dog Attacks

$10,000 fines for dog attacks

If your dog attacks a person or another animal, you will be held responsible even if you were not there at the time. The only exception is where the dog was provoked to attack (see provocation section).

A dog attack now includes a dog aggressively rushing at or attempting to attack a person or animal, as well as tearing clothing, biting or causing physical injury or damage to property resulting from a dog attack.

Provocation

The dog Act provides a defence for a dog owner to claim, in certain circumstances.
A defence of provocation may be claimed if your dog attacks someone who is on your property without lawful excuse or another animal which enters your property or which behaves in a threatening manner towards you.

Dangerous Dog

The state Government has amended the dog Act to allow councils to declare individual dogs "dangerous" for aggressive behaviour.

A declaration dangerous dog is required to be muzzled at all times in public place. Further restrictions can be imposed by Council. Appeals can be made to Council or the local court the owner believes the order is unfair. Owners who fail to comply with order may be fined up to $5000.

A dangerous dog declaration can be lifted upon completion of obedience training and demonstrated good behaviour, determined by Council.

On the spot fines are doubled when the offence involves a declared dangerous dog.

Name and Address Tags

Your dog is required to wear a tag showing your name and address as well as a registration tag. It is an offence for your dog not to wear tags and you could face an on the spot fine of $50.

Registration

All dog owners are legally required to register their dog with council. On the spot fines of $400 can apply for unregistered dogs.
    
Dog registration fees are used to help recover a portion of Council’s cost not only in licensing dogs but also in administration and enforcement of the Dog Act.

Dog Registration Fees

All Dog licenses expire on 31st October.

Dog owners have the option of either 1 year or 3 year registrations.

Prices are as follows:

1 Year   (Unsterilized)        $50.00

3 Years  (Unsterilized)       $120.00

Life (Unsterilized)              $250.00

1 Year    (Sterilized)           $20.00

3 Years   (Sterilized)          $42.50

Lifw (Sterilized)                  $100.00

Pensioner Concession            50%        

Farm dogs are registered at the same rate as a sterilised dog/bitch.

How to register your dog

Dog registrations only take a few minutes simply fill out a registration form and we will then enter all information into our system and issue you with a registration tag.

Dogs 3 months & over must be registered at all times. New Dogs must be microchiped prior to registration. Any Dogs with registrations expiring in Nov 15 will need to be microchiped before registering as all dogs after this date must be microchiped by law.

pdfApplication to Registration Dog

pdfChange of Dog Registration Details.pdf

WA Contract Ranger Services can assist pet owners with microchipping their pets by offering a home service at a rate of $55 per animal. Discounts apply for multiple pets and pension discounts are also available. Alternatively please contact your local vet.

The Ranger can be contacted on 0489 648 154 for the booking of microchipping and general enquiries relating to the above legislation, however all complaints need to be directed in the first instance to the Shire Office on 9683 1001.

Your Responsibilities

Shire of Trayning Fees

Seizure & Impounding of Dogs per day (each)                 $112.50

Dog Pound Maintenance Fee per day (each)                   $12.00

Release & Surrender                                                        $112.50

For further information about the operation of the Dog ACT please contact –

Department of Local Government 1800 620 511 or the Shire.

Complaints

All dog complaints must be received in writing, emailed complaints are accepted. If you would like to speak to our Ranger please contact the Shire Office on 9683 1001 to make an appointment.

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Who is responsible for a cat?

The owner of the cat is the main person responsible for the cat.

A responsible adult occupying a residence where the cat is ordinarily kept or allowed to live.

A person, who, for the time being, has the control of the cat e.g. a person who is looking after the cat whilst the owner is away.

Cat Registration

Cats 6 months & over must be registered at all times. Cats must be microchiped prior to registration.

All cats that have reached 6 months old must be sterilized (with exceptions from a vet)  prior to registration.

The fees for registration of a cat are:                                                  

                                Sterilised            

 1 Year                         $20.00               

 3 Years                        $42.50

 Life                            $100.00         

 Pensioner Concession        50%                          

Proof of  sterilisation and Micro-Chip number is needed to claim the concession. New registrations after 31st May (1 Year only)  Half of normal price is payable.

pdfApplication to Registration a Cat.pdf

pdfChange of Cat Registration Details

Name & Address Tags

All cats are required under the Cat Act 2011 to wear both a Shire registration tag and a tag displaying their name and their owners name and address.

Wearing of both of these tags enables the Shire cat catcher to easily identify the cat so that owners can be contacted and cats collected from the pound as soon as possible.

Cat Control

It is a cat owner’s legal obligation to ensure that the cat is kept under control at all times.

Cats are to be secured at all times behind an adequate fence that will keep them within the boundary of your property.

At any time when the cat is outside of the property boundary it is to be on an approved lead and in the control of a responsible adult.

Shire of Trayning Fees

Seizure & Impounding of Cats per day (each)                   $112.50

Cat Pound Maintenance Fee per day (each)                    $12.00

Release & Surrender                                                        $112.50

For further information about the operation of the Cat Act 2011 please contact –

Department of Local Government 1800 620 511 or the Shire.

Fines & Penalties

Some of the Infringements that can be imposed upon owners of cats not complying with the Cat Act 2011 are as follows:

                                                Infringement        Fine

Unregistered Cat                            $500             $5000

Cat causing a nuisance                  $500             $5000

Cat in public place without 
collar & registration tag                   $50              $5000

Tag with Name & Address of 
owner not on collar                         $50               $5000

Failure to give notice of 
new owner                                     $40                $5000

Failure to control cat in 
exercise areas & rural areas          $100              $5000

Failure to take steps against 
parasites                                        $50                $5000

Please note that any of these can be issued even if a cat has not been caught by the cat catcher, so long as it has been sighted committing the offence by a Registered Officer.

Apart from the above penalties, ANY cat caught by the Shire’s cat catcher WILL incur a $112.50 Impounding Fee.  This fee along with registration of the cat where necessary will need to be paid BEFORE cats can be collected from the pound.

 

Please note your watering days are based on your house number which is the same as the number painted on the gutter outside of your home. If found watering on days other than as listed below it is not possible to defend yourself on the basis that you are watering according to your Lot Number. Everyone is restricted to two days per week except for hand watering and all watering must be carried out between 6pm and 9am each day.

 

Watering Roster

Last Digit
of your
House No.
Day 1Day 2
1 Wednesday Saturday
2 Thursday Sunday
3 Friday Monday
4 Saturday Tuesday
5 Sunday Wednesday
6 Monday Thursday
7 Tuesday Friday
8 Wednesday Saturday
9 Thursday Sunday
0 Friday Monday

Environmental Health

The Shire of Trayning is a member of the North Eastern Whealtbelt Health Scheme and shares the services of the Environmental Health Officer Mr Peter Toboss Mob: 0428 831 037. 

 

Local Town Planning Scheme 1

Trayning Town Planning Scheme 1

Trayning Town Planning Strategy

Tray_1-1_rep_FINAL.pdf

Form_4_Public_Submission_on_LPS_Amendment_No1_KTY.pdf

 

Building Licenses

Building Construction Requirements – The following information details the general building requirements within the Shire of Trayning.

Building Code of Australia Coverage – All residential buildings to be constructed within the District, whether in town sites or in rural areas, require the submission of building plans and specifications prior to the commencement of work.

Every builder and/or owner builder intending to construct a building, alter, add to, repair or underpin, demolish or remove an existing building should obtain a licence before commencing that work.

Every builder and/or owner builder making an application for a building licence should submit to the building surveyor:

1.    Building Details (two complete sets of drawing to scale not less than 1:100)
2.    Block Details
3.    Specifications
4.    Structural Calculations
5.    Cost Estimate
6.    Compliance with Fire Regulations
7.    Requirements as to Drawings
8.    New and Existing

" No Permit Required" Information:

Building_Regulations_2012_No_Permit_Required_Information.pdf

To obtain a copy of a building or demolition licence, or if you have any further queries please contact the Shire Office.

Click here to navigate to the Builders' Registration Board

Location – Class 1a buildings


1.    Smoke alarms should be installed on or near the ceiling in –
i)     between each part of the dwelling containing bedrooms and the remainder of the dwelling; and
ii)    where bedrooms are served by a hallway, in that hallway, and

(see figure 3.7.2.1, diagram a and figure 3.7.2.2)

Figure_3.7.2.1_-_Smoke_Alarms.jpg

Figure_3.7.2.2_Smoke_Alarms.jpg

2.    Location of Smoke Alarms

When deciding on the position of smoke alarms it is important to remember that they are intended to detect smoke before it reaches to sleeping occupants of the building.

The ensuing alarm is designed to wake the occupants and give them time to evacuate the building.

3.    Explanatory Information

Sleep-outs or similar type residential buildings that are not connected to the remainder of the building by a hallway or other enclosed structure the alarm could be located in the room itself.

4.    Protection of Sleeping Areas in Buildings

Smoke alarms should be located “between each area containing bedrooms and the remainder of the dwelling”.

In some dwellings the bedrooms are located in a common area and connected by a hallway.  In this instance the alarm should be located as shown in figure 3.7.2.1, diagram a.

5.    Location of the Smoke Alarm on other Storeys

A smoke alarm is also required on each other storey that is not already provided with a smoke alarm.  It should be noted that smoke alarms are required to be installed in other storeys even if those other storeys consist of only car-parking, bathrooms, laundries and the like.  “Storey” in this context differs from the definition contained in BCA96 Volume One which excludes such spaces from being considered as storeys.

6.    Favoured Location

The favoured location for this alarm will in the path of travel people will most likely to take to evacuate the building.  The will ensure an alarm will be raised before smoke makes the common exit path impassible.

eg:  if the bedrooms are on the first floor, then an alarm should be positioned near the area of the inter connecting stair at ground level.

If the other storey is not connected to the remainder of the building (for instance a ground floor garage) then the alarm should be centrally located in the lower area.  However, it may be reasonable not to install smoke alarms where the storey is predominantly open, such as the basement level of a highest house on stumps that is used for car-parking or laundry purposes.

7.    Installation of Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms should be installed on or near the ceiling with special care being taken to avoid dead air spaces.

A dead air space is an area in which trapped hot air will prevent smoke from reaching the alarm.  This space generally occurs at the apex of cathedral ceilings, the corner junction of walls and ceilings, between exposed floor joists etc (see diagram 1).

If it is impractical to mount smoke alarms on the ceiling then it may be located on the wall.  The recommended position is between 300mm and 500mm off the ceiling (see diagram 1).  The distance from the apex of a cathedral ceiling to the top of the alarm should be between 500mm and 1500mm.

8.     Nuisance Alarms

Smoke alarms are extremely sensitive and may detect smoke and moisture created by common household activities (such as burnt toast or steam from a bathroom).

Accordingly, to reduce the likelihood of nuisance alarms, the smoke alarm should not be located near cooking appliances and bathrooms.  However if it is necessary to locate alarms in these positions, an ionisation type alarm is more suitable near bathrooms, while a photoelectric alarm may be used near cooking appliances.

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