Dog Owner Responsibilities

This page briefly explains the responsibilities of dog owners under the Dog Control Act 1996.

Your responsibilities

If you own a dog, you must ensure that the dog:

  • is registered for the current year
  • is kept under control at all times
  • receives proper care and attention, food, water and shelter
  • is exercised regularly
  • complies with the Dog Control Act 1996

Things your dog must not do

You must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not:

  • cause a nuisance to any other person, whether by persistent and loud barking or howling or by any other means
  • injure, endanger, intimidate, or otherwise cause distress to any person, stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife
  • damage or endanger any property belonging to any other person

Dogs in public places

When you take your dog out in any public place, you must:

  • keep the dog on a lead unless in an approved dog exercise area
  • remove and properly dispose of all faecal matter or other fouling deposited by your dog

Responsible Owner Status

You may apply for Responsible Dog Owner status during the year.  This status only applies to your current address.  If you move to a new property, you need to reapply, and pay the fee again.  This fee covers inspection of the property and processing of your application.

Links to more information


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