Animal ownership

Council's Local Law 2 Animal management and Subordinate Local Law define minimum standards for the keeping and control of animals. Some of these are reproduced below:

Animal enclosures

  • Proper fencing and enclosures to prevent animals, including cats, from wandering
  • Enclosures built specifically to keep animals are to be appropriate and in an acceptable structural condition
  • Uneaten food scraps, manure and any other material likely to become offensive must be collected at least daily
  • Vermin and pests including fleas, flies, ticks, lice, and rodents, must be controlled
  • Run off from animal enclosures must not be allowed to discharge to adjoining properties
  • Roofed or fully-enclosed structures must be a minimum 1.5 metres from property boundaries.

Note: Some enclosures and fences may require building approval.

Pick up after your pet

  • It is your responsibility to clean up and dispose of your animal's waste in a sanitary way. Fines may apply.
  • Animal waste (faeces) must not be left in parks, gardens, beaches, footpaths or streets. 

Biting and aggression

  • All animal owners are responsible and legally liable for the actions of their animals.
  • Animals may be declared dangerous or menacing for displaying aggressive behaviour causing fear, attacking a person or another animal or damaging property.

See dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs for more information.

Standards for other animals

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has defined codes of practice to give members of the public additional standards that are required for the keeping of certain species:

  • poultry
  • pigs or miniature pigs
  • cattle (e.g. cows, steers, bulls, stallions)
  • sheep or goats
  • bees.

Additional standards for ratites, e.g. ostrich, emu, racing pigeons and bees are found within the minimum standards found in Local Law 2 - Animal Management subordinate local law.