Pets & Animals

Pets bring great pleasure to many residents and are good for our collective well-being. Information about pet registration and exemptions, reporting lost or found animals, locating off-leash dog parks and the policies or legislation in relation owning pets is provided to encourage responsible pet ownership in Bayside Council.

Wild animals including bats, possums, and feral cats aren't managed by Council unless the animal has attacked or harmed a person. For all animal attacks, call our Customer Service Team on 1300 581 299 to ensure a Council Ranger attends the location immediately. You can report a lost or found animal or any other animal concern online.

 

Wild animals including bats, possums, and feral cats aren't managed by Council unless the animal has attacked or harmed a person. For all animal attacks, call our Customer Service Team on 1300 581 299 to ensure a Council Ranger attends the location immediately. You can report a lost or found animal or any other animal concern online using the link provided.

Pet Registration

Registering your pet is compulsory and guarantees lifetime registration in New South Wales. Pet microchip records can only be created by a Vet, an authorised microchip implanter or a local Council.

Exemptions from Pet Registration

The following animals are exempt, under State laws, from registration:

  • Cats born before 1 July 1999 (unless they change owners after that date)
  • A dog used by a Police officer on official duty
  • Cats or dogs kept for a period of less than 3 months in New South Wales
  • A dog used by a Commonwealth officer

To register your pet, it is a simple two-step process:

1. Visit the Vet to micro-chip your Pet

  • Dogs and cats must be micro-chipped at 12 weeks old by a Vet or authorised microchip implanter and must not be sold unless micro-chipped (even if the animal is less than 12 weeks old when it is sold).

2. Register Online or in Person

  • Dogs and cats must be registered at 6 months old. Registration is a one-off process that applies for the life in New South Wales. Registering your pet helps us quickly return your animal to you if it is lost, injured or stolen. To pay online you will need to create a user profile with the NSW Pet Registry

Changing your address

If you have registered your pet previously, you can verify your pet's registration on the Pet Registry website and update your address. You can also download the change of address application form.

Owners of cats and dogs are required to notify Bayside Council when:

  • any change occurs in the registration information or identification information for the animal (notification required within 14 days)
  • the making or revocation of a declaration by a court that a dog is dangerous or menacing (notification required within 7 days)
  • the animal dies (notification required within 28 days)
  • the animal has been missing for more than 72 hours (notification required within 96 hours)
  • the animal has been found after having been reported missing (notification required within 72 hours)

Off-Leash Dog Exercise Areas

There are 10 off-leash areas where dogs can exercise without a leash, although they must still be under control of a competent person. Council has allocated 10 parks and reserves as off-leash dog exercise areas::

  • Astrolabe Park
  • Firmstone Reserve
  • Hayden Place in Sir Joseph Banks Park
  • Gaiarine Gardens, Pagewood
  • Sparks Reserve, Mascot
  • Sheppard Street Reserve, Bardwell Valley
  • Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve, 15 Kingsgrove Avenue, Kingsgrove
  • Civic Avenue Reserve (Scarborough Park), Kogarah
  • Frys Reserve, 1 Warialda Street, Kogarah and
  • Fenced portion of Bona Park, 46 Sandringham Street, San Souci 

Check the signs at each site for specific times and other regulations, and don’t forget to ‘scoop their poop’.

When exercising your dog in other areas please remember to keep them on their leash at all times. And remember that dogs are completely prohibited in the following places, regardless of whether they are leashed or not:

  • 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)
  • in bathing areas such as tidal pools, beaches and foreshores
  • within schools
  • within child care centres
  • within shopping arcades or shopping complexes, including parking areas or access to shops
  • within any area set apart for the protection of wildlife

The Companion Animals Act 1998 makes Local Government responsible for many issues in relation to companion animals. In summary, the Act states and requires that dog owners and carers must comply with the following:

  • A dog in a public place must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held by (or secured to) the person. The exceptions to this include: dogs secured in a vehicle or in an approved off-leash area;
  • A person is permitted to walk a maximum of 4 dogs at any time in an on-leash or an off- leash area;
  • If a dog defecates in a public place it is an offence not to remove and properly dispose of the faeces;
  • Dangerous dogs and restricted breeds are to be leashed and muzzled at all times;
  • Dogs are prohibited within 10 metres of children’s play areas, food preparation or food consumption areas;
  • Unless permitted, dogs are not allowed in recreation areas, public bathing areas, school grounds, child care centres, shopping areas and wildlife protection areas;
  • Owners remain responsible even if no injury is caused;
  • People in breach of the Act must state their correct name and address to an authorised Council Officer or Police Officer; and
  • Fines and or imprisonment, or seizures, apply for breaches of the Act.

Nuisance Animals

Dogs

If dogs in your neighbourhood are causing problems or being a nuisance, these are the steps to take:

  • Talk to the dog's owner. The owner may not even be aware of the problem.
  • If you can't agree on a solution to the problem, contact Council on 1300 581 299 to request Council Rangers attend.
  • A Council Ranger will follow up on your complaint and contact you to discuss.
  • Should the problem continue, the ranger can issue a nuisance order to the dog's owner, who may be fined.

A dog is considered a nuisance if the dog:

  • is habitually at large
  • makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises
  • repeatedly defecates on property (other than a public place) outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept
  • repeatedly runs at or chases any person, animal (other than vermin) or vehicle
  • endangers the health of any person or animal (other than vermin)
  • repeatedly causes substantial damage to anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

We encourage you to report dog attacks and other problems, such as owners not following the rules.

Rangers and other Council staff regularly visit local parks, including designated off-leash areas, to make sure pets and people are doing the right thing.

We try to respond quickly to reports of incidents and will investigate and take appropriate action where possible.

Cats

Under NSW law, cats are allowed to roam free but prohibited to roam in food preparation and consumption areas (within 10 metres). Rangers cannot simply pick up stray cats - they might be someone's pet. However, cats are considered a nuisance if the cat:

  • makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises
  • repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

Rangers can seize a cat in areas where they are prohibited, such as a wildlife protection area, commercial kitchen, restaurant or café. Rangers can also seize cats that have injured a person or another domestic animal.

Notify us if you see a cat in a prohibited area or an attack. Don't encourage stray cats to stay in your area and keep your garbage bin closed.

Issuing an Order to the owner of a nuisance animal

If a Council Ranger is satisfied that a dog or cat is causing nuisance, they may issue an order to the owner of the animal requiring the owner to prevent the behaviour that is alleged to constitute the nuisance.

The owner has 7 days after the date the notice is given in which to object to the proposed order. An order remains in force for 6 months after it is issued.

If nuisance is detected and infringements are issued on more than 5 occasions, Council will issue the owner of the animal with a Court Attendance Notice.

You can make a complaint about a dog or any other domestic animal online or call us on 1300 581 299.