THE City of Wanneroo’s powers under State cat and dog legislation will be determined by the chief executive rather than council.
Councillors at the September 13 meeting supported the City’s recommendations to delegate the exercise of all of its powers and duties under the Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 to the chief executive.
A report by the City said it would only replicate not transfer power to the delegate, with council retaining the ability to make decisions, and noted the cities of Joondalup and Stirling had similar delegations in place.
The report said extending the delegation of authority was considered while developing the City’s cat and dog local laws.
“It was noted that there are a number of activities under the (acts) that would be better suited to be undertaken under delegated authority which would provide for efficiencies in the City’s processes,” it said.
Most decisions relate to administrative functions, including registrations, establishment and maintenance of a dog management facility, cat breeding applications and issuing cat control notices.