Dogs in Public Places

Dogs on leash

 Dogs must be on a leash at all times in all public places, including parks, sportsfields and bushland areas (unless signage indicates it is a dog off leash area).

Many parks and reserves will indicate that dogs must be on a leash with this sign:

On the spot penalties may apply if you do you not have your dog on a leash in a public place.

Dog prohibited areas

Dogs are prohibited in the following areas, even if they are leashed:

  • within 10 metres of playgrounds and play equipment.
  • within 10 metres of food outlets, except if the place is in a public thoroughfare (such as a road, footpath or pathway).
  • Schools.
  • Child care centres.
  • Bathing areas and beaches.
  • Shopping arcades or shopping complexes, including parking areas or access to shops.
  • Any area set apart for the protection of wildlife.

The above prohibitions are legislated under the Companion Animals Act 1998. This is NSW state legislation which aims to ensure the effective and responsible management of companion animals.  

Dogs are also prohibited in some public places because of the sensitive environmental nature of the area and for the protection of wildlife. This applies to the following areas:

  If you see this sign it means that dogs are completely prohibited from the area, regardless of whether they are leashed or not.


Dog off leash areas

Dogs may be off leash only in designated off leash areas.  

Council provides 6 dog off leash areas.  A dog off leash area is indicated by the following sign:

Check signs at each site for specific dog off leash times and other regulations.

The following conditions apply when taking your dog to a dog off leash area:

  • Do not take dogs suffering from a contagious disease, skin irritation or parasitic infection to off leash areas.
  • Dogs off leash must be under the control of a competent person.
  • Please respect the environment and the enjoyment of others using our outdoor areas and immediately 'scoop the poop' and appropriately dispose of it.

View dog off leash areas

Outdoor dining areas

The Companion Animals Act allows cafe and restaurant operators to decide whether to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas.  Strict conditions apply:

  • The outdoor dining area must not be enclosed and must be able to be entered by the public without passing through an enclosed area.
  • Dog must be on a leash and on the ground at all times.
  • Dogs can be provided with a drink but not food.
  • Dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs are prohibited.
  • Dogs are not allowed in or near food preparation areas.

Report an aggressive or attacking dog


NSW Companion Animals Act penalties

Please be aware that under the NSW Companion Animals Act penalties can be imposed for the following infringements:


Sec 8 (3)

Animal not permanently identified


Sec 8 (4)

Sell animal not permanently identified


Sec 9 (1)

Animal not registered


Sec 10

Animal not registered (Sec 10)


Sec 10A

Animal in public place not registered


Sec 10B

Fail to comply with notice to register


Sec 11 (1)(a)


Not notify change in registration/identification Owner fail to take reasonable



 Sec 12A(1)

precautions to prevent dog from escaping property


Sec 12 (2)(a)

Dog without collar and name tag

$180 .00

Sec 13 (2)(a)

Dog not under effective control


Sec 14 (2)(a)

Dog in prohibited place


Sec 15 (2)

Greyhound/prescribed dog not muzzled



Sec 16 (1)(a)

 Own dog that rushes at/attacks/bites/harasses/chases person or animal



Sec 16 (1)(b)

In charge of dog that rushes at/attacks/bites/harasses/chases person or animal



Sec 20 (1)

Fail to remove dog faeces


Sec 52A (1)

Person sells/advertise for sale dangerous/proposed dangerous dog



Sec 52B (1)

Person accept ownership of dangerous/proposed dangerous dog



Sec 56 (2)

Fail to comply with control requirements



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