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FAQs for Dog Owners

If you have questions, we have answers. The following list is a compilation of  the most Frequently Asked Questions about Dog Ownership in Devonport

How can I pay my dog registration renewal?

Pay Online – click here to use our Online Payment facility [1]

Pay by Phone – To pay by VISA or Master-card, call Council’s Payment Hotline on 1300 886 451 (24/7).

Pay by BPay – Biller Code 1134 082

Pay in Person –  Visit our Customer Service Centre

8.45am and 4.45pm, Monday to Friday.
We’re located at 137 Rooke Street, Devonport.
You can pay by cash, credit card (visa & mastercard), cheque or EFTPOS. Please bring your Renewal Notice.

What are my responsibilities as a dog owner?

As the owner or person in charge of a dog, you have certain responsibilities and legal requirements. These include:

Does my dog have to wear a collar?

Under the Dog Control Act 2000 [2] the owner or person in charge of a dog, other than a guide dog or hearing dog, must ensure that the dog is wearing a collar whilst in public.

The dog’s current registration tag is to be attached to the collar. It is an offence for anyone, without good reason, to remove a collar from dog that is in a public place.

This provision does not apply to dogs engaged in:

 Does my dog have to be on a lead in a public place?

The Dog Management Policy [3] has strict requirements for when a dog is on or off lead. Please make yourself familiar with these areas [4] to avoid receiving a penalty notice. In most cases your dog MUST be on a lead and under effective control when in a public place.

A dog is said to be under effective control only if the lead is less than two metres long, and if the person is of a sufficient age and strength to control the dog.

If a dog is tethered to a stationary object, it must be on a lead which is less than two metres long and for a period not exceeding 30 minutes.

Am I required to provide my name and address?

An authorised person may demand from a person his or her name and place of abode if the authorised person reasonably believes that the person is committing, has committed or attempted to commit and offence under the Dog Control Act 2000.

A person MUST not:

  1. Fail or refuse to state his or her name or place of abode; or
  2. Give a false name or place of abode.

Where can I exercise my dog?

The Dog Management Policy [5]provides areas for exercising dogs. Information regarding appropriate exercise areas can also be found on the Animal Exercise Areas [6] page on this website.

Are there any areas where my dog is not allowed?

As well as earmarking areas for exercising dogs, the Dog Management Policy(PDF, 1MB) [5] lists the areas where dogs are prohibited, including sporting grounds. This does not apply to guide dogs or hearing dogs.

Council has also declared areas where dogs are restricted from entering:

Do I have to clean up after my dog?

When exercising your dog in a public place you are always required to clean up after them. Dog faeces are unpleasant and damage the environment. Cleaning up can be done simply and easily with the aid of a scooper or plastic bag and placing the waste in the nearest rubbish bin. This does not apply to a guide dog that is accompanying a wholly or partially blind person.

Locations of the poop bag dispensers can be found in the Dog Management Policy(PDF, 1MB) [5]

Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fine.

Can my dog be removed from my property?

If an authorised council employee has reason to believe that a dog owner has breached a provision of the Dog Control Act 2000 [2] or the Dog Management Policy(PDF, 1MB) [5] , then he or she is legally able to:

If the authorised person wishes to enter a dwelling on that land, he or she is able to do so by a warrant issued by a magistrate.

How many dogs may I keep?

Under the Dog Control Act 2000  [2]you are required to apply for a kennel licence if you intend to keep:

More information about kennel licencing can be found here [7]

What should I know about the enclosed dog park?

Devonport has an enclosed, off-lead dog park located near Splash Aquatic Centre (260 Steele Street, Devonport).

Because the first visit to a dog park can be stressful for the new user (both human and dog), first-time visitors should consider visiting the park at non-peak times (peak times are generally late afternoons to dark on weekdays and after 9:30am weekends).

Dogs coming into the dog park must be registered, desexed (unless a permit has been issued) and fully vaccinated.

Declared restricted breeds or declared dangerous dogs are not permitted in the park.

Keep your dog on a leash when entering and exiting the enclosure. Quickly move away from the entrance and into the open. This will help dispense dogs who may come and greet you (and your dog).

Learn to read and respond to your dog’s posture and body language.

Make sure you clean up after your dog. Poop bag dispensers and a rubbish bin are located within the enclosure.

For more information download our Dog Park Etiquette flyer. [8]