A dog is man's best friend - but only when controlled.
The moment you take delivery of your dog you take on an extra responsibility in law. The Dog Control Act 2000 and Regulations detail all requirements for the keeping and behaviour of dogs. If you need any advice on any aspect of the legislation relating to dogs, please contact the council on (03) 6211 8200.
Every dog, on any property, over the age of six months must be registered. Dog registration fees are due on the first day of July EVERY year.
No more than two dogs can be kept on a property unless a licence to keep several dogs has been issued or they are "working dogs" used for driving or tending of livestock, detecting illegal substances, searching, tracking or rescuing or working with Police.
Ensure that your dog doesn't roam by day or night. When your dog is taken for a walk it must be kept under effective control and on a lead of no longer than two metres when in a built up area. At all times the dog must be in sight of the owner and responsive to a command.
Owners must ensure that a dog is not a nuisance. Ensure that your dog does not cause a nuisance by barking excessively.
Should any dog defecate in a public place or on land not owned by the person, the owner is responsible and must clean up the droppings and dispose of them.