A significant section of our community own dogs. The responsibility of dog ownership includes ensuring your pet is well behaved and manageable in public environments by incorporating your dog into the community and at home by providing for the needs of your dog and being a good neighbour.
All dogs should be kept on a fenced property and not be able to wander the streets.
All dogs over the age of three (3) months must be registered and re-registered by 31 August each year. The registration of dogs helps us to trace the owners of stray or lost dogs. Your dog must wear its registration tag.
Dog owners are responsible for ensuring their dog's barking does not cause a nuisance to neighbours. Often the dog owner can be unaware that their dog is causing a nuisance as they may not be home when the barking occurs.
If you are concerned about the level of noise a dog is creating, you may choose to resolve the issue with the dog owner or contact us for assistance to resolve the problem.
If you'd like us to assist you to resolve a dog noise complaint, please contact us on 8397 7313 during office hours.
Our initial action will be to write to the dog owner and advise them of the complaint and also send a letter to the person making the complaint advising of our actions.
If you advise that the noise problem still exists, we will ask you to keep a barking dog diary for 14 days.
The diary is important to our investigations - from this we can obtain an accurate record of what happens and assists us in deciding whether there is a level of nuisance that we can act on. The information in your diary will also help us to work out why the dog is barking and enable us to work with the owner to reduce the nuisance.
We will contact adjoining neighbours to ask them to let us know if the dog's barking is causing them a nuisance too. Council will visit the dog owner and work with them to resolve the problem by negotiating an action plan with specific actions and timelines to rectify the nuisance.
Investigations into alleged barking dog complaints are complex and because these investigations are complex, we are unable to give you a projected completion date.
Council will review information from all sources to determine whether formal enforcement will and can be taken.
If the problem remains unresolved, the owner may be issued with an Expiation Notice and a Notice of Intent requiring them to satisfactorily remedy the problem, otherwise a formal Control (Barking Dog) Order will be imposed.
A Control Order is a mandatory requirement for the dog owner to take whatever action Council decides is reasonably necessary to restrain the dog and remedy the problem. Dog owners have the right to appeal against the imposition of an order or any other legal action.
The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 requires that each Council administers and enforces the provisions of the Act relating to dogs and cats within its area.
The City of Tea Tree Gully promotes and supports responsible dog ownership.
Council must, in accordance with the provisions of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 prepare a plan relating to the management of dogs and cats within the city.
Our Animal Management Plan 2013-2018 will guide domestic animal management within our community and the objectives are to:
Dog owners wanting to exercise their dogs in parks and reserves should comply with the following conditions:
Dogs must be under effective control at all times regardless of whether the dog is being exercised in a dog on leash or dog off leash area.
Under the provisions of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 - effective control means:
Note: Penalties may apply if owners are seen not complying with the conditions.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Expiation Notices can be issued for a number of offences under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 such as:
If you receive a Dog Expiation Notice and you believe there is a good reason for you not to pay the fine, you can dispute the expiation notice.
If forwarding, address your correspondence to the Council Inspection Team and lodge either in person at the Civic Centre, by post or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure you include your name, address, expiation notice number, contact telephone number and the reasons and/or evidence to support your dispute.
When we receive your expiation notice dispute an acknowledgement will be sent to you and your request will be assessed. You will receive written notification of the decision. This notification will include a new payment due date if applicable.
If you continue to dispute our decision you can raise a second application. This application must be addressed to Council's Team Leader – Inspections. When doing this it is important you provide further information to support your original dispute.
Council has the authority to issue Enforcement Warning notices. A $46 enforcement warning fee is applicable. These notices may be issued in cases where dispute documentation received is deemed as not acceptable as a defense.
Dog expiation fee amounts are set by the State Government in the Dog and Cat Mangement Act 1995.
If you owe more than $50 in fines you may apply to the Fines Payment Unit within the Magistrates Court to pay the amount by instalments and/or you may also request an extension of time to pay the total fine.
Please contact the Court Fine Payment Units below:
If you have received an expiation notice, you may elect to be prosecuted for the offence. Please complete and forward a Dog Expiation Dispute Form:
The following procedure occurs: The expiation notice will be cancelled and you will be issued with a Summons to appear in Court for the alleged offence.
Council's By-Law 4 - Dogs, limits the number of dogs kept on premises and manages and controls dogs in the Council area.
A person must not, without the Council's permission keep:
More than one (1) dog in a small dwelling;
More than two (2) dogs in premises other than a small dwelling.
Application Form for Exemption to permit the keeping of more than two (2) dogs. (127 kb)
For more information, please review By-law No. 4 - Dogs
Council is responsible for investigating dog attack or dog harassment incidents and takes them very seriously. We encourage people to report dog attacks on people or pets.
A thorough investigation of the incident will be carried out. You will be required to make a written statement and may be asked for any information relating to medical treatment or veterinary treatment for evidence. You may be asked to take photographs of the injuries sustained.
We will ask for your contact details and a description of the incident, your details will remain confidential.
To report a dog attack or dog harassment incident please call our Inspection Team on 8397 7313 during office hours. If you are involved in a dog attack incident, outside of our office hours, please call our emergency service on 1300 788 131.
Dog faeces are unsightly and unpleasant, particularly on footpaths and in parks. They contain toxins that are harmful to the environment. Every time someone fails to pick up their dog's droppings from the footpath, street, grass verge, park or beach, this faecal pollution will get flushed into the stormwater system next time it rains. When exercising your dog in public places, you are required to clean up after them. Always carry a bio-degradable bag when exercising your dog and dispose of the waste correctly.
Bins have been prominently placed in areas of high use, particularly those areas where complaints have been received from our community.
According to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 dog owners must ensure that their dogs:
Owners should also ensure their dogs are: