Animals

Cats

The City of Fremantle's Health Local Laws 1997 and Cat Act 2011 restricts the number of cats kept on premises to no more than 3 over the age of 3 months.

To make a complaint regarding the keeping of more than 3 cats which are causing a nuisance, contact our compliance services team here

Dogs

All complaints regarding dogs must be sent to the City's rangers as they are authorised officers under the Dog Act 1976. Contact our rangers on 08 9432 9905 or email rangers@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Large animals

The City's Health Local Laws 1997 restricts the keeping of large animals on premises. Large animals include horses, cows, pigs, sheep or goats.

Keeping of large animals in residential areas may create physical and biological risks to ones health and the health and amenity of the neighbourhood. Keeping of large animals are not allowed to be kept in residential areas without a permit with strict approval conditions. It is recommended that you speak with your neighbours before keeping of large animals at your premises.

If you wish to keep large animals in a residential area, under the City's Health Local Laws 1997 you are required to apply in writing to environmental health to obtain approval. You will need to submit a management plan and a location map to support your application. One of the City's environmental health officer's will assess your application and will carry out a site inspection. 

To make a complaint regarding the keeping of large animals, contact our compliance services team here

Poultry, parrots, pigeons and roosters

The City's Health Local Laws 1997 Division 4–keeping of poultry and pigeons governs the keeping of poultry, parrots, pigeons and roosters on premises. Poultry includes fowls, ducks and other domestic fowls. Parrots include cockatoos, galahs and weeros and the like.

An owner or occupier must not keep more than 12 poultry on one lot of land, and may not keep any poultry within the prohibited area– this means that portion of the district bounded:

  1. To the north by the high water mark of Victoria Quay.
  2. To the east by Parry Street.
  3. To the south by Essex Street, Henderson Street, Queen Street and Holdsworth Street to its intersection with Parry Street.
  4. To the west by the high water mark of Fishing Boat Harbour, Challenger Harbour and Bathers Beach.

Parrots, roosters, geese, turkeys or peafowls are not allowed to be kept within the City of Fremantle without the written approval of the City.

Pigeons may be approved after completing the application to register a premises for keeping pigeons form and sending it to the City of Fremantle, however restrictions apply and an annual registration fee must be paid.

Petting zoos

The Department of Health has produced petting zoo guidelines providing information on what is required when holding a petting zoo.

Contact us

Environmental health service
City of Fremantle
Town Hall Centre
8 William Street
Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9432 9895
TTY 08 9432 9777
health@fremantle.wa.gov.au