Narrabri Shire Council

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.

Here is a summary of the 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.

Penalty notices under the Act

Animal not permanently identified (microchipped) $165
Animal not registered $275
Failure to notify change of address/owner $165
Failure to prevent dog escaping $220
Dog not on a lead in a public place $220
Failure to remove faeces $275
Failure to take seized animal to pound/shelter $550
Dog in prohibited place $330
Own or in charge of attacking dog $550

For further explanation and other offences refer to the Companion Animals Act 1998 and Companion Animals Regulation 1999 or contact Council 02 6799 6866.

Lifetime Registration and Annual Permits

The NSW Government has introduced annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age are required to pay an annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

From 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous are also required to pay an annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

Ways to minimise your risk of being charged for an annual permit

  • Desex your cat by 4 months of age or request a medical exemption from your vet
  • If you are a cat breeder, join a registrered cat breeding body
  • Do not own a dog that is of a restricted breed
  • Introduce training to your dog at a young age and continue to review your dogs behaviour to ensure it is not declared dangerous

Pet owners can pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or by contacting Council's Customer Service team over the phone on 02 6799 6866 or in person at Council's Administration Building, 46-48 Maitland Street, Narrabri during business hours.

Further information on annual permits and lifetime regsitration for your pets can be found on the NSW Pet Registry page of the  Office of Local Government website  or the NSW Pet Registry website.

 Annual Permit Poster