Pet Owner Responsibilities

To ensure the comfort, safety and health of the whole community, the Companion Animals Act contains certain responsibilities on all pet owners.

Summary of responsibilities of dog owners under the Act.
  • If your dog is in a public place it must be under effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash. The exceptions to this are; dogs exhibiting at a show or engaging in obedience or agility trials or a dog secured in a cage or vehicle or in an approved off-leash area;
  • If your dog is being exercise in an approved off-leash area it must always be under effective control of a competent person;
  • You are not permitted to walk more that four dogs at any one time in an on-leash-area or an off-leash area;
  • Greyhounds must be muzzled at all times when in a public place;
  • If your dog defecates in a public place it is an offence not to remove the faeces.
  • Dogs are prohibited in children’s play areas, food preparation/consumption areas, recreation areas, public bathing areas, school grounds, child care centres, shopping areas and wildlife protection areas.
Ranger Services

Complaints that residents have in relation to barking, straying, dangerous, defecating or nuisance dogs, or any of the services listed below, should be directed at Council's Ranger on 02 6799 6866.

Council's Ranger is also the reporting officer for the following functions:-

  1. Littering;
  2. Noise;
  3. Straying Stock;
  4. Pollution;
  5. Parking;
  6. Illegal dumping;
  7. Overgrown Blocks;
  8. Abandoned Vehicles;

Ranger Services Operational Hours are: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Penalty notices under the Act

Animal not permanently identified (microchipped)


Animal not registered


Failure to notify change of address/owner


Failure to prevent dog escaping


Dog not on a lead in a public place


Failure to remove faeces


Failure to take seized animal to pound/shelter


Dog in prohibited place


Own or in charge of attacking dog



For further explanation and other offences refer to the Companion Animals Act 1998 and Companion Animals Regulation 1999 or Contact Council.