Collar and tag
Your dog must wear a collar with an identiﬁcation tag stating the name of the dog and the address or telephone number of the owner. A tag for your cat will help it be returned to you if lost.
Keep your dog on a leash or secured in your yard at all times unless within a designated off leash area
Your dog must, unless it is exempt from this requirement, be under the effective control of a competent person at all times when out in public. This means that it must be on a leash and under the control of someone capable of restraining it. A small child, for example, may not be able to control a large dog. Under these circumstances, an adult capable of restraining the dog, should walk the dog.
A dog is not considered to be under the effective control of a competent person if the person has more than 4 dogs under his or her control.
Failure to comply with this requirement is a fineable offence, you, or if you are not present, the person in control of your dog, if they are aged 16 or over, may be liable for a penalty.
This requirement does not apply to a dog:
- in an off-leash area (but only if the total number of dogs of which its owner has control does not exceed 4) or
- a dog engaged in droving, tending or working of stock or
- a dog being exhibited for show purposes or
- a dog participating in an obedience class, trial or exhibition or
- a police dog or
- a corrective services dog or
- a dog secured in a cage or vehicle or tethered to a fixed object or structure.
Cleaning up after your dog
Carry plastic bags with you to pick up dog droppings. If you do not clean up after your dog in a public area, you could be ﬁned.
Prohibited areas for dogs:
- Within 10 metres of a children’s play area
- Within 10 metres of food preparation or consumption areas, except cafés or restaurants whose owners permit dogs (not restricted dogs or declared dangerous dogs) in their outdoor dining areas
- Recreation areas where dogs are prohibited
- Public bathing areas where dogs are prohibited
- School grounds
- Child care centres
- Shopping centres where dogs are prohibited
- Wildlife protection areas.
Conditions and exceptions apply, visit the Office of Local Government website for details.
New rules for muzzling Greyhounds
From 1 July 2019, greyhounds registered on the NSW Pet Registry are no longer required to wear a muzzle in public. However, a greyhound will still require a muzzle in an off-leash area if it has not undergone an approved retraining program. Greyhounds that have completed this program will continue to wear identifying green collars.
Like all breeds of dogs in NSW, greyhounds will still be required to be on a leash while in public at all times, unless they are in a council designated off-leash area.
Find out more at the Office of Local Government Website