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Shire of Christmas Island Dogs Local Law 2018

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This notifiable instrument prescribes the Shire of Christmas Island Dogs Local Law 2018.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
Registered 20 Aug 2018

 

Shire of Christmas Island Dogs Local Law 2018

 

 

I, GORDON SINCLAIR THOMSON, President of the Shire of Christmas Island, publish the Shire of Christmas Island Dogs Local Law 2018 under subsections 3.12 (5) of the Local Government Act 1995 (W A) as applied by the Christmas Island Act 1958.

 

 

Dated 12 April 2018

 

 

 

 

GORDON SINCLAIR THOMSON


 

 

 

 

 

DOGS LOCAL LAW

 

 

MARCH 2018


DOG ACT (WA) CI) 1976

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT (WA) (CI) 1995

 

Shire of Christmas Island

 

DOGS LOCAL LAW 2018

 

CONTENTS

 

PART 1—Preliminary

 

1.1          Citation

1.2          Commencement

1.3          Application

1.4          Repeal

1.5          Interpretation

 

Part 2 - Impounding of Dogs

2.1          Charges and costs

2.2          Attendance of pound keeper at pound

2.3          Release of impounded dog

 

Part 3 - Requirements and limitations on the keeping of dogs

3.1          Dogs to be confined

3.2          Limitation on the number of dogs

 

Part 4 - Approved kennel establishments

4.1          Interpretation

4.2          Application for licence for approved kennel establishment

4.3          Notice of proposed use

4.4          Exemption from notice requirements

4.5          When application can be determined

4.6          Determination of application

4.7          Where application cannot be approved

4.8          Conditions of approval

4.9          Compliance with conditions of approval

4.10        Fees

4.11        Form of licence

4.12        Period of licence

4.13        Variation or cancellation of licence

4.14        Transfer

4.15        Notification

4.16        Inspection of kennel

 

Part 5 - Miscellaneous

5.1          Offence to excrete

 

Part 6 - Enforcement

6.1          Interpretation

6.2          Modified penalties

6.3          Issue of infringement notice

6.4          Failure to pay modified penalty

6.5          Payment of modified penalty

6.6          Withdrawal of infringement notice

6.7          Service

 

Schedule 1

Application for a licence for an approved kennel establishment

 

Schedule 2

Conditions of a licence for an approved kennel establishment

 

Schedule 3

Offences for which modified penalty applies

 

 

 

 


DOG ACT (WA) (CI) 1976

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT (WA) (CI) 1995

 

Shire of Christmas Island

 

DOGS LOCAL LAW 2018

 

Under the powers conferred by the Dog Act 1976 ((WA) (CI), the Local Government Act 1995 (WA) (CI) and under all other powers enabling it, the Council of the Shire of Christmas Island resolved on the 27 March  2018 to make the following local law.

 

Part 1 – Preliminary

 

1.1    Citation

This local law may be cited as the “Shire of Christmas Island Dogs Local Law 2018”.

 

1.2    Commencement

In accordance with section 74A of the Interpretation Act 1984 (WA) (CI) (Amendment) Ordinance 1992, the local law must be registered as a notifiable instrument and comes into operation once it has been registered as a notifiable instrument. Notifiable instruments are published in the Federal Register.

 

1.3     Application

This local law applies throughout the district.

 

1.4    Repeal  

The Shire of Christmas Island Dogs Local Law 2001 published in the Indian Ocean Territories Government Gazette on 16 April 2001 and the Shire of Christmas Island Dogs Amendment Local Law 2010 published in the Indian Ocean Territories Government Gazette 15 June 2010 are repealed.

 

1.5    Interpretation

In this local law unless the context otherwise requires –

Act means the Dog Act (WA) (CI) 1976;

authorised person means a person who is appointed under section 29 of the Act;

CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the local government;

dangerous dog has the meaning given to it under the Act;

district means the district of the local government;

local government means the Shire of Christmas Island;

local planning scheme means a planning scheme made by the local government under the Planning and Development Act  (WA) (CI) 2005 which applies throughout the whole or a part of the district;

not a fit and proper person means a person who has been deemed not fit to care for animals by a reputable body such as the RSPCA, or a person who is deemed by an authorised officer not to have the ability or adequate support to undertake the obligations of the licence;

nuisance means –

(a)     an activity or condition which is harmful or annoying and which gives rise to legal liability in the tort of public or private nuisance at law;

(b)     an unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of a person’s ownership or occupation of land; or

(c)     interference which causes material damage to land or other property on the land affected by the interference;

occupier means a person or persons ordinarily residing in a premises;

owner has the meaning given to it under section 3 of the Act;

person liable for control of the dog has the meaning given to it under section 3 of the Act;

pound keeper means a person authorised by the local government to perform all or any of the functions conferred on a “pound keeper” under this local law and includes the local government’s Rangers;

premises has the same meaning as in the Act;

Regulations means the Dog Regulations (WA) (CI) 2013;

Schedule means a schedule in this local law; and

thoroughfare has the meaning given to it in section 1.4 of the Local Government Act (WA) (CI) 1995.

 

Part 2 - Impounding of dogs

2.1          Charges and costs

The following are to be imposed and determined by the local government under sections 6.16 to 6.19 of the Local Government Act (WA) (CI) 1995

(a)     the charges to be levied under section 29 (4) of the Act relating to the seizure and impounding of a dog;

(b)     the additional fee payable under section 29 (4) of the Act where a dog is released at a time or on a day other than those determined under clause 2.2; and

(c)     the costs of the destruction and the disposal of a dog referred to in section 29 (15) of the Act.

 

2.2          Attendance of pound keeper at pound

The pound keeper is to be in attendance at the pound for the release of dogs at the times and on the days of the week as are determined by the CEO.

 

2.3          Release of impounded dog

(1)    A claim for the release of a dog seized and impounded is to be made to the pound keeper or in the absence of the pound keeper, to the CEO.

(2)    The pound keeper is not to release a dog seized and impounded to any person unless that person has produced, to the satisfaction of the pound keeper, satisfactory evidence –

(a)    of her or his ownership of the dog or of her or his authority to take delivery of it; or

(b)    that he or she is the person identified as the owner on a microchip implanted in the dog.

 

Part 3 - Requirements and limitations on the keeping of dogs

3.1          Dogs to be confined

(1)    An owner and/or occupier of premises on which a dog is kept or a person liable for control of the dog must –

(a)     cause a portion of the premises on which the dog is kept to be fenced in a manner capable of confining the dog;

(b)     ensure the fence used to confine the dog and every gate or door in the fence is of a type, height and construction which having regard to the breed, age, size and physical condition of the dog is capable of preventing the dog at all times from passing over, under or through it;

(c)     ensure that every gate or door in the fence is kept closed at all times when the dog is on the premises (unless the gate is temporarily opened in a manner that ensures that the dog remains confined) and is fitted with a proper latch or other means of fastening it;

(d)     maintain the fence and all gates and doors in the fence in good order and condition; and

(e)     where no part of the premises consists of open space, yard or garden or there is no open space or garden or yard of which the occupier has exclusive use or occupation, ensure that other means exist on the premises (other than the tethering of the dog) for effectively confining the dog within the premises.

(2)    Where an occupier fails to comply with subclause (1), he or she commits an offence.

Penalty: $2,000.

(3)    Notwithstanding subclauses (1) and (2), the confinement of dangerous dogs is dealt with in the Act and Regulations.

 

3.2 Limitation on the number of dogs

(1)    This clause does not apply to premises which have been –

(a)     licensed under Part 4 as an approved kennel establishment; or

(b)     granted an exemption under section 26(3) of the Act.

(2)    The limit on the number of dogs which may be kept on any premises for the purpose of section 26 (4) of the Act is 2 dogs over the age of 3 months and the youngest of those dogs under that age.

 

Part 4 - Approved kennel establishments

4.1          Interpretation

In this Part and in Schedule 2 – 

adjoining includes land or premises which have a portion of a common boundary with a lot or is separated from that lot by a public reserve, road, right-of-way, pedestrian access way, access leg of a battleaxe lot or the equivalent not more than 6m in width;

licence means a licence to keep an approved kennel establishment on premises;

licensee means the holder of a licence;

premises, in addition to the meaning given to it in section 3 of the Act, means the premises described in the application for a licence; and

transferee means a person who applies for the transfer of a licence to her or him under clause 4.14.

 

4.2          Application for licence for approved kennel establishment

An application for a licence must be made in the form of that in Schedule 1, and must be lodged with the local government together with –

(a)     plans and specifications of the kennel establishment, including a site plan;

(b)     copies of the notices to be given under clause 4.3;

(c)     written evidence that either the applicant or another person who will have the charge of the dogs, will reside on the premises or, in the opinion of the local government, sufficiently close to the premises so as to control the dogs and so as to ensure their health and welfare;

(d)     a written acknowledgement that the applicant has read and agrees to comply with any code of practice relating to the keeping of dogs nominated by the local government; and

(e)     the fee for the application for a licence referred to in clause 4.10 (1).

 

4.3          Notice of proposed use

(1)    An applicant for a licence must give notice of the proposed use of the premises as an approved kennel establishment after the application for a licence has been lodged – 

(a)     once in a newspaper circulating in the district; and

(b)     to the owners and occupiers of any premises adjoining the premises.

(2)    The notices in subclause (1) must specify that –

(a)     any written submissions as to the proposed use are to be lodged with the CEO within 14 days of the date the notice is given; and

(b)     the application and plans and specifications may be inspected at the offices of the local government.

(3)    Where – 

(a)     the notices given under subclause (1) do not clearly identify the premises; or

(b)     a notice given under subclause (1)(a) is of a size or in a location in the newspaper which, in the opinion of the local government, would fail to serve the purpose of notifying persons of the proposed use of the premises,

then the local government may refuse to determine the application for a licence until the notices or notice, as the case may be, is given in accordance with its directions.

 

4.4          Exemption from notice requirements

Where an application for a licence is made in respect of premises on which an approved kennel establishment is either a –

(a)     permitted use; or

(b)     use which the local government may approve subject to compliance with specified notice requirements, under a local planning scheme,

then the requirements of clauses 4.2(b), 4.3 and 4.5(b) do not apply in respect of the application for a licence.

 

4.5 When application can be determined

An application for a licence is not to be determined by the local government until –

(a)     the applicant has complied with clause 4.2;

(b)     the applicant submits proof that the notices referred to in clause 4.3(1) have been given in accordance with that clause; and

(c)     the local government has considered any written submissions received within the time specified in clause 4.3(2)(a) on the proposed use of the premises.

 

4.6 Determination of application

In determining an application for a licence, the local government is to have regard to –

(a)     the matters referred to in clause 4.7;

(b)     any written submissions received within the time specified in clause 4.3(2)(a) on the proposed use of the premises;

(c)     any economic or social benefits which may be derived by any person in the district if the application for a licence is approved;

(d)     the effect which the kennel establishment may have on the environment or amenity of the neighbourhood;

(e)     whether the approved kennel establishment will create a nuisance for the owners and occupiers of adjoining premises; and

(f)      whether or not the imposition of and compliance with appropriate conditions of a licence will mitigate any adverse effects of the approved kennel establishment identified in the preceding paragraphs.

 

4.7 Where application cannot be approved

The local government cannot approve an application for a licence where –

(a)    an approved kennel establishment cannot be permitted by the local government on the premises under a local planning scheme; or

(b)    an applicant for a licence or another person who will have the charge of the dogs will not reside on the premises, or, in the opinion of the local government, sufficiently close to the premises so as to control the dogs and so as to ensure their health and welfare.

 

4.8 Conditions of approval

(1)    The local government may approve an application for a licence subject to the conditions contained in Schedule 2 and to such other conditions as the local government considers appropriate.

(2)    In respect of a particular application for a licence, the local government may vary any of the conditions contained in Schedule 2.

 

4.9 Compliance with conditions of approval

A licensee who does not comply with the conditions of a licence commits an offence.

Penalty: $5,000

 

4.10 Fees

(1)    On lodging an application for a licence, the applicant is to pay a fee to the local government.

(2)    If a licensee wishes to renew a licence, the licensee is to pay a fee to the local government.

(3)    On lodging an application for the transfer of a valid licence, the transferee is to pay a fee to the local government.

(4)    The fees referred to in subclauses (1) to (3) are to be imposed and determined by the local government under sections 6.16 to 6.19 of the Local Government Act (WA) (CI) 1995.

 

4.11 Form of licence

(1)    When an application for a licence is approved under this local law, the local government will issue a licence to the applicant.

(2)    The licence is to be in the form determined by the local government from time to time.

 

4.12 Period of licence

(1)    The period of effect of a licence is set out in section 27(5) of the Act.

(2)    A licence is to be renewed if the fee referred to in clause 4.10(2) is paid to the local government prior to the expiry of the licence.

(3)    On the renewal of a licence the conditions of the licence at the time of its renewal continue to have effect.

 

4.13 Variation or cancellation of licence

(1)    The local government may vary the conditions of a licence.

(2)    The local government may cancel a licence –

(a)    on the request of the licensee;

(b)    following a breach of the Act, the Regulations or this local law; or

(c)     if the licensee is not a fit and proper person.

(3)    The date a licence is cancelled is to be, in the case of –

(a)    paragraph (a) of subclause (2), the date requested by the licensee; or

(b)    paragraphs (b) and (c) of subclause (2), the date determined under section 27(6) of the Act.

(4)    If a licence is cancelled the fee paid for that licence is not refundable for the term of the licence that has not yet expired.

 

4.14 Transfer

(1)    An application for the transfer of a valid licence from the licensee to another person must be –

(a)    made in the form determined by the local government;

(b)    made by the transferee;

(c)     made with the written consent of the licensee; and

(d)    lodged with the local government together with –

(i)      written evidence that a person will reside at or within reasonably close proximity to the premises the subject of the licence; and

(ii)     the fee for the application for the transfer of a licence referred to in clause 4.10(3).

(2)    The local government is not to determine an application for the transfer of a valid licence until the transferee has complied with subclause (1).

(3)    The local government may –

(a)     approve, subject to conditions as it considers appropriate; or

(b)     refuse to approve,

an application for the transfer of a licence under this clause.

(4)    Where the local government approves an application for the transfer of a valid licence, then on the date of approval, unless otherwise specified in the notice issued under clause 4.15(b), the transferee becomes the licensee of the licence for the purposes of this local law.

 

4.15 Notification

The local government is to give written notice to –

(a)    an applicant for a licence of the local government’s decision on her or his application;

(b)    a transferee of the local government’s decision on her or his application for the transfer of a valid licence;

(c)     a licensee of any variation made under clause 4.13(1);

(d)    a licensee when her or his licence is due for renewal and the manner in which it may be renewed;

(e)    a licensee when her or his licence is renewed;

(f)      a licensee of the cancellation of a licence under clause 4.13(2)(a); and

(g)    a licensee of the cancellation of a licence under paragraphs (b) or (c) of clause 4.13(2), which notice is to be given in accordance with section 27(6) of the Act.

 

4.16 Inspection of kennel

With the consent of the occupier, an authorised person may inspect an approved kennel establishment at any time.

 

Part 5 - Miscellaneous

5.1 Offence to excrete

(1)    A dog must not excrete on –

(a)    any thoroughfare or other public place; or

(b)    any land which is not a public place without the consent of the occupier.

(2)    Subject to subclause (3), if a dog excretes contrary to subclause (1), every person liable for the control of the dog at that time commits an offence.

Penalty: $1,000

(3)    The person liable for the control of the dog does not commit an offence against subclause (2) if any excreta is removed immediately by that person.

 

Part 6 - Enforcement

6.1 Interpretation

In this Part –

infringement notice means the notice referred to in clause 6.3; and

notice of withdrawal means the notice referred to in clause 6.6(1).

 

6.2 Modified penalties

(1)    The offences contained in Schedule 3 are offences in relation to which a modified penalty may be imposed.

(2)    The amount appearing in the fourth column of Schedule 3 directly opposite an offence is the modified penalty payable in respect of that offence if –

(a)    the dog is not a dangerous dog; or

(b)    the dog is a dangerous dog, but an amount does not appear in the fifth column directly opposite that offence.

(3)    The amount appearing in the fifth column of Schedule 3 directly opposite an offence is the modified penalty payable in respect of that offence if the dog is a dangerous dog.

 

6.3 Issue of infringement notice

Where an authorised person has reason to believe that a person has committed an offence in respect of which a modified penalty may be imposed, he or she may issue to that person a notice in the form determined by the local government from time to time.

 

6.4 Failure to pay modified penalty

Where a person who has received an infringement notice fails to pay the modified penalty within the time specified in the notice, or within such further time as may in any particular case be allowed by the CEO, he or she is deemed to have declined to have the offence dealt with by way of a modified penalty.

 

6.5 Payment of modified penalty

A person who has received an infringement notice may, within the time specified in that notice or within such further time as may in any particular case be allowed by the CEO, send or deliver to the local government the amount of the penalty, with or without a reply as to the circumstances giving rise to the offence, and the local government may appropriate that amount in satisfaction of the penalty and issue an acknowledgment.

 

6.6 Withdrawal of infringement notice

(1)    Whether or not the modified penalty has been paid, an authorised person may withdraw an infringement notice by sending a notice in the form determined by the local government from time to time.

(2)    A person authorised to issue an infringement notice under clause 6.3 cannot sign or send a notice of withdrawal.

 

6.7 Service

An infringement notice or a notice of withdrawal may be served on a person personally, or by leaving it at or posting it to her or his address as ascertained from her or him, or as recorded by the local government under the Act, or as ascertained from inquiries made by the local government.

 

 

 

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Schedule 1 - Application for a licence for an approved kennel establishment

[Clause 4.2]

 

 

I/we (full name) ...............................................................................................................................................

of (postal address) ............................................................................................................................................

(telephone number) ..........................................................................................................................................

(facsimile number) ...........................................................................................................................................

(E-mail address) ...............................................................................................................................................

 

Apply for a licence for an approved kennel establishment at (address of premises) ....................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

For (number and breed of dogs) .......................................................................................................................

* (insert name of person) ............................................................ will be residing at the premises on and

   from (insert date) ...........................................  

* (insert name of person) ..................................................will be residing (sufficiently close to the premises so as to control the dogs and so as to ensure their health and welfare) at ..............................................................

..................................................................(insert address of residence) on and from ....................................(insert date).

 

Attached are –  

(a)     a site plan of the premises showing the location of the kennels and yards and all other buildings and structures and fences;

(b)     plans and specifications of the kennel establishment;

(c)     copy of notice of proposed use to appear in newspaper;

(d)     copy of notice of proposed use to be given to adjoining premises;

(e)     written evidence that a person will reside –

(i)      at the premises; or

(ii)     sufficiently close to the premises so as to control the dogs and so as to ensure their health and welfare; and  

(f)      if the person in item (e) is not the applicant, written evidence that the person is a person in charge of the dogs.

 

I confirm that I have read and agree to comply with the Code of Practice known as....................................................... ………………………………………………………, in the keeping of dogs at the proposed kennel establishment.

 

 

Signature of applicant :............................................................................ Date:............................................................ ....

* delete where inapplicable.

Note: a licence if issued will have effect for a period of 12 months – section 27.5 of the Dog Act (WA) (CI) 1976.

 

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OFFICE USE ONLY

 

Application fee paid on:.............................................................

 

 

 

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Schedule 2 - Conditions of a licence for an approved kennel establishment

[Clause 4.8(1)]

 

An application for a licence for an approved kennel establishment may be approved subject to the following

conditions –

(a)    each kennel, unless it is fully enclosed, must have a yard attached to it;

(b)    each kennel and each yard must be at a distance of not less than –

(i)      50m from any boundary of the premises;

(ii)     40m from any dwelling; and

(iii)    40m from any church, school room, hall, factory, dairy or premises where food is manufactured, prepared, packed or stored for human consumption;

(c)     each yard for a kennel must be kept securely fenced with a fence constructed of link mesh or netting or other materials approved by the local government;

(d)     the minimum floor area for each kennel must be calculated at 2.5 times the length of the breed of dog (when it is fully grown), squared, times the number of dogs to be housed in the kennel and the length of the dog is to be determined by measuring from the base of the tail to the front of its shoulder;

(e)     the floor area of the yard attached to any kennel or group of kennels must be at least twice the floor area of the kennel or group of kennels to which it is attached;

(f)      the upper surface of the kennel floor must be –

(i)     at least 100mm above the surface of the surrounding ground;

(ii)    smooth so as to facilitate cleaning;

(iii)   rigid;

(iv)   durable;

(v)    slip resistant;

(vi)   resistant to corrosion;

(vii) non-toxic;

(viii)               impervious;

(ix)   free from cracks, crevices and other defects; and

(x)    finished to a surface having a fall of not less than 1 in 100 to a spoon drain which in turn must lead to a suitably sized diameter sewerage pipe which must be properly laid, ventilated and trapped in accordance with the health requirements of the local government;

(g)     all kennel floor washings must pass through the drain in item (f)(x) and must be piped to approved apparatus for the treatment of sewage in accordance with the health requirements of the local government;

(h)     the kennel floor must have a durable upstand rising 75mm above the floor level from the junction of the floor and external and internal walls, or internal walls must be so constructed as to have a minimum clearance of 50mm from the underside of the bottom plate to the floor;

(i)      where a yard is to be floored, the floor must be constructed in the same manner as the floor of any kennel;

(j)      from the floor, the lowest internal height of a kennel must be, whichever is the lesser of –

(i)      2m; or

(ii)     4 times the height of the breed of dog in the kennel, when it is fully grown, measured from the floor to the uppermost tip of its shoulders while in a stationary upright position;

(k)     the walls of each kennel must be constructed of concrete, brick, stone or framing sheeted internally and externally with good quality new zincalume or new pre-finished colour coated steel sheeting or new fibrous cement sheeting or other durable material approved by the local government;

(l)      all external surfaces of each kennel must be kept in good condition;

(m)   the roof of each kennel must be constructed of impervious material;

(n)    all kennels and yards and drinking vessels must be maintained in a clean condition and must be cleaned and disinfected when so ordered by an authorised person;

(o)     all refuse, faeces and food waste must be disposed of daily into the approved apparatus for the treatment of sewage;

(p)     noise, odours, fleas, flies and other vectors of disease must be effectively controlled;

(q)     suitable water must be available at the kennel via a properly supported standpipe and tap; and

(r)      the licensee or the person nominated in the application for a licence, must, in accordance with the application for the licence, continue to reside –

(i)      at the premises; or

(ii)     in the opinion of the local government, sufficiently close to the premises so as to control the dogs, and to ensure their health and welfare.

 

 

 


Schedule 3 - Offences for which modified penalty applies

[Clause 6.2]

 

Item        Clause Nature of offence                                              Modified penalty $            Dangerous dog  

                                                                                                                                                Modified penalty

1              3.1(2)     Failing to provide means for

effectively confining a dog                                                                 50

2              4.9          Failing to comply with the

conditions of a licence                                                        200

3              5.1(2)    Dog excreting in prohibited place                                    100

 

 

 

 

 

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