Be a Responsible Owner

As a dog owner, you must take precautions to prevent your dog from escaping the property on which it is kept. Unless signs indicate an off-leash area, all dogs must be on a leash in parks, reserves, beaches and other public places. 

Dogs are prohibited in the following areas:
Any area set apart for the protection of wildlife 
Childcare centres
Public bathing areas where dogs are prohibited by notice
Recreation areas where dogs are prohibited
Shopping arcades and complexes, including parking areas
School grounds
Within 10 metres of playgrounds and play equipment
Within 10 metres of food outlets, except if the place is in a public thoroughfare

Picking Up After Your Pet 

Fines of $275 apply for any person in control of the dog who does not remove and dispose of the faeces immediately.


A dog may bark excessively if it is provoked, poorly trained, distressed or bored. If a dog is barking because of neglect or cruelty, they should be referred to the RSPCA
If you are being affected by the noise, learn more about how to report noise pollution

Dog Attacks

A dog attack is a serious issue and should be reported to Council immediately. An authorised Council Officer may seize a dog responsible for an attack within 72 hours of it occurring.

A dog attack can include when a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused. 

Restricted Dog Breeds

The following breeds of dog are considered restricted breeds as specified in the Companion Animals Act 1998: 

  • American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Any dog declared by an authorised Council Officer to be a restricted dog
  • Any other dog of a breed, kind or description whose importation into Australia is prohibited by or under the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth.
For any further information relating to companion animals, please contact us

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