Responsible cat ownership checklist

  • Microchip your cat
  • Sterilise your cat
  • Register your cat with the local council
  • Ensure your cat is easily identifiable by wearing a collar with name tag and current registration tag
  • Vaccinate your cat
  • Keep your cat confined to your property, particularly at night
  • Ensure your cat has a cosy sleeping area with food, water and a litter tray and
  • Ensure your and your cat's details are kept up to date with the Local Council and Microchip Registry.

For further information, please click on the link to our Responsible Cat Ownership Leaflet below.

Cat Registration Requirements

Under the West Australian Cat Act 2011, owners of cats over the age of 6months must ensure their cats are:

  1. Microchipped 

  2. Wearing a collar and registration tags

  3. Sterilised - unless being used for breeding purposes by a City of Stirling approved breeder 
    (see below for City of Stirling discounted sterilisation rates)

  4. Registered 

Failure to complete any of the above may result in enforcement action including fines.

A printable and online cat registration form can be found below:

Cat Registration form print version.pdf
Online cat registration form

Sterilisation and microchipping discounts

The Karrinyup Small Animal Hospital is offering City of Stirling residents discounted rates for sterilisation and microchipping of pets to promote responsible pet ownership.

The following fees apply for cat sterilisation:

  • Female cat:         $209.00 per cat
  • Male cat:             $109.00 per cat

City of Stirling residents are also eligible for discounted microchipping at a rate of $37.50 per cat.

Please note that microchipping does not automatically register you cat with the City of Stirling.

For more information please contact the City of Stirling or the Karrinyup Small Animal Hospital -

Registration Fees

Registration 1 Year 3 Year Lifetime
Full Fee$20.00$42.50 $100.00
Pension Concession**$10.00 $21.25$50.00

** Pension Concession
Reduced fees apply upon proof of either current:

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • State Concession Card or
  • Commonwealth Seniors Card together with a Seniors Card.

NOTE: There is no provision for the refund of cat registration fee/s.

Relocating into the City of Stirling

Should your cat be registered with another local government in Western Australia, you are required to complete a City of Stirling registration form online, by mail or in person. Your cat's registration will be confirmed with the previous council, and a new registration tag and certificate of registration will be issued. Please advise the City of the previous local government where your cat was registered when submitting your registration form.

Exclusions and Buffer Zones

The City of Stirling Local Laws (Keeping and Control of Cats - Local Law 1999) control the number of cats kept on premises in order to protect native fauna and outline requirements for Cat Permits. Within the City there are areas where cats are totally prohibited and there are also Fauna Protected Buffer Zones which extend 200 metres from the boundary of a Cat Protected Area.

The following are Cat Prohibited Areas:

  • Star Swamp
  • Carine Open Space
  • Gwelup Open Space
  • Trigg Bushland
  • Herdsman Lake
  • Jackadder Lake
  • Dianella Regional Open Space
  • Hamersley Golf Course
  • Cottonwood Crescent Bushlands
  • Mirrabooka Open Space
  • Beach Reserves.

These reserves have been selected based on their environmental significance as they are particularly valued for their native fauna. To protect native species within the City, cats found in prohibited areas may be trapped, impounded and euthanised, with owners liable for penalties. Owners of cats with a name tag, registration and/or a microchip will be notified to allow them to reclaim their cat. (Penalties may be imposed).

To find out if you live within a cat prohibitive area or buffer zone telephone the City on 9205 8555.

Cat Permits

Under this local law, a Cat Permit is required if:

  • You own 2-3 cats and live in a fauna protected buffer zone
  • You own 3 cats and live anywhere in the City
  • If you wish to own 4 or more cats a Cattery Permit is required*

*Cattery Permit fees of $45.00 per annum apply.

Cattery Permit Application Form

Permit Reference Guide - Do I require a permit?

Number of cats 1 2 3 4 +
Inside Fauna Protected Buffer ZoneNo Yes a Cat PermitYes a Cat Permit 

Yes - a Cattery Permit


Outside Fauna Protected Buffer Zone

No No Yes a Cat Permit Yes - a Cattery Permit

What are the conditions of obtaining a permit?

  • Each cat on the premises is registered and micro-chipped
  • Each cat must be sterilised (unless approved by the City for breeding purposes)
  • Each cat may be required to be contained on the premises, unless under the control of a person
  • The premises shall be maintained in good order and in a clean and sanitary condition
  • Adequate space shall be provided on the premises for the exercise of the cats
  • The permit holder shall not substitute or replace any cat once that cat dies or is permanently removed from the premises, without first obtaining the consent of the City and
  • The permit is not transferable to other permit holders or properties.

If you require a Cat Permit for:

  • either two or three cats, please contact the City via email or telephone (08) 9205 8555
  • 4+ cats (a cattery) please contact the City's Environmental Health Business Unit on (08) 9205 8555.

Please note that a Cat Permit is NOT a Cat Registration.

If your contact details change it is important that you contact the Microchip Registry and the City.

Applications and Information

Keeping and Control of Cats Local Law 1999.pdfKeeping and Control of Cats Local Law 199963 KB 2/02/2012 9:06
Transfer of Pet Ownership Form.pdfTransfer of Pet Ownership Form46 KB 18/09/2014 7:53
Fact Sheet C1 - Nuisance Cats.pdfFact Sheet C1 - Nuisance Cats342 KB 14/04/2015 11:54
Cattery Permit Application Form.pdfCattery Permit Application Form93 KB 25/02/2016 10:04
Cat Registration form print version.pdfCat Registration form print version387 KB 18/08/2016 13:56
Responsible Cat Ownership.pdfResponsible Cat Ownership1002 KB 4/07/2017 10:33

Dealing with nuisance cats

If cats entering your property inconvenience you, you may try a number of means to discourage them:
  • Utilise products available from nurseries and pet shops to deter cats
  • Ensure that your pet's food is not left outside to entice cats
  • Try to ascertain who the owner of the cat is. This can help make the owner aware of their cat's habits and may increase the likelihood of steps being taken to control their activities.

The City of Stirling does not support cat trapping nor does it supply or loan cat traps. There are a number of issues associated with this practice, most importantly the cat may be a family pet and there are significant animal welfare concerns. Cat trapping may also be an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (WA).