Responsible pet ownership

For everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we enforce a range of regulations for dog and cat owners. These include registration, rules about barking dogs, and restrictions on dangerous dogs. Fines apply for breaching some regulations.

Pet ownership policies

Our Companion Animal Management Plan explains how we keep pets and people safe, and outlines your responsibilities as a pet owner. We will be reviewing the plan over the next two years with guidance from the Companion Animal Advisory Panel.

We also encourage responsible pet ownership by providing off-leash dog parks and services for lost and found animals.

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    Looking after your best mate

    Dogs are important companions for many families and individuals. Their health and safety is paramount especially when travelling with you in a car and on hot days.

    Read more about Looking after your best mate

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    Dangerous,menacing and restricted dogs

    Learn why and how a dog can be declared dangerous or menacing, and check the list of dog breeds that are prohibited in NSW.

    Read more about Dangerous,menacing and restricted dogs

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    Breaches and fines

    As a pet owner you’re responsible for making sure your pet is registered, healthy and safe and doesn’t become a nuisance to you, your neighbours or the neighbourhood.

    Read more about Breaches and fines