Leashed and prohibited areas

people walking dog on leash

There are some simple rules that apply generally in all areas.

Dogs must be on leash:

  • in all cemeteries and memorials
  • at all boat ramps and slipways
  • on all footpaths and roads (which includes carparks, state highways, and berms and verges, whether sealed or not).

Dogs are prohibited from being in or within one metre of:

  • all Council playgrounds
  • all Council skate parks
  • all Council paddling pools.

As well as general rules, there are specific areas where dogs are prohibited or must be on a leash.

All specific leashed and prohibited areas are set out in the Council’s Dog Control Policy. The reason each area is prohibited or leashed is also explained (e.g. to protect wildlife).  

There are some exceptions to these rules, including for disability assist dogs and working dogs. These are also set out in the Policy.

Whenever you take your dog out in public, always take plastic bags with you (and clean up after your dog) and always take a leash. This is because unexpected situations may arise that require a dog to be leashed to keep the dog under control or to keep it safe.