Confining your pet
Keeping of animals
Animal odour complaints
Animal numbers / excess animals
Animal noise - barking dogs
It is a dog owner's responsibility to ensure the animal is confined to their premises.
If a dog is able to leave the property of its own accord, the owner is then considered 'guilty of an offence' and is liable to a penalty, even if the dog has not left the property.
When a dog does leave the property, it should be on a leash at all times (unless in a leash-free park).
It is also an offence for a dog or cat to enter onto the land of another person without that person's permission.
Different penalties apply depending on whether the offence was committed in the day or night.
To ensure that neighbours are not affected by noise or offensive smells, animal housing must be:
- Kept clean
- Placed no less than 6m from the frontage of the land
- Placed no less than 1m from any boundary
- Placed no less than 3m from any dwelling
If you have any complaints regarding animal odour on a property, please contact the council Customer Service Centre for a local law officer to investigate.