Council aims to ensure a healthy and safe environment, free from dangerous and aggressive dogs, and to minimise nuisance. We follow up on any complaints regarding excessive barking, wandering dogs or aggressive dog behaviour. We register and microchip all dogs in the district, and issue infringement notices to those owners who fail to register their dogs. We provide education to dog owners and assist them in meeting their obligations under the Dog Control Act.
We have a Dog Control Policy and a Dog Control Bylaw (2013) to assist Council in enforcing the provision of the Dog Control Act (1996). Both dog registration and dog control functions are provided under contract.