Cat Act 2011

From 1 November 2013 the Cat Act 2011 takes effect. The new cat laws are about:

  • encouraging responsible pet ownership; 
  • reducing the number of unwanted cats in the community; and
  • reducing the number of cats euthanised each year.

It is a requirement that all domestic cats, over 6 months of age, must be sterilised, microchipped and registered with your local government. To help identify owned cats, they must wear a collar and registration tag.

For more information please read the Cat Act 2011 brochure.

View Legislation on the Department of Local Government website.

Cat Registration

A person must be over 18 years of age to lawfully register a cat. The registration period is from 1 November to 31 October, with all registrations expiring on 31 October, regardless of the date your cat was originally registered.

Your cat can be registered at the Council offices at 4 Stephen Street, Bunbury, or online here. You will need to provide the relevant documents to receive concession, a concession card or sterilisation certificate along with proof of microchipping.

Registration Renwal

You now have the option of paying for your Cat Registration Renewal online by Credit Card or PayPal by clicking here.


Registration Fees
1 Year 3 Year Lifetime
Sterilised ​ ​$20.00   ​ $42.50 ​$100.00


Update your Details

As a cat owner, you are required to notify the City of Bunbury of any changes of ownership or address, and of your cat's sterilisation, microchip number or passing. Click here​ to download the update of information form.

Cat Breeders

If you are a current cat breeder or wish to become a breeder you must apply for a cat breeding permit from your local government. These permits are valid for 12 months. A fee of $100.00 per cat is payable.

Helpful Tips

The City of Bunbury encourages residents to be responsible pet owners. Please see the following factsheet from Birdlife Australia regarding steps that you can take to protect both your cat and native wildlife:

  • Make sure your cat wears a collar with bells. Your cat will get used to wearing the collar and remember, cats can learn to hunt without ringing one bell, so two or three bells are better at alerting prey they may be on the menu! 
  • Don’t allow your cat to roam. Most people are aware that cats should be brought in during the evening to reduce hunting, but it will also assist in reducing cats being involved in road accidents, catching diseases from other cats and fighting with other cats.