Nuisance animals

We may take action against the owners of dogs and cats that cause a nuisance to other residents.

Dogs

To report a dog attack, contact us immediately on 1300 581 299.

A dog is considered a nuisance if it:

  • 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.

If a dog in your neighbourhood is causing problems:

  • talk to the dog's owner. They may not even be aware of the problem

  • if you can't agree on a solution, contact us on 1300 581 299 to ask our Rangers to attend

  • one of our Rangers will contact you to discuss your complaint

  • if the problem isn't resolved, our Rangers can issue a nuisance order and possibly a fine to the dog's owner.

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

    We also visit local parks, including designated off-leash areas, to make sure pets and people are doing the right thing.

    Cats

    Cats may be considered a nuisance if they:

    • make 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 damage anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

    Under NSW law, cats are allowed in public places without being on a leash or under the effective control of a person. They are not allowed within 10 meters of food preparation and consumption areas.

    Please let us know if you see a cat in a prohibited area or attacking a person. Our Rangers cannot simply pick up stray cats – they might be someone's pet and there are strict provisions for the seizure and impounding of a cat.

      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 or native animal.

      Don't encourage stray cats to stay in your area and keep your garbage bin closed. There are many sprays and repellants available on the market to deter cats form frequenting areas where they are unwanted.

      Orders for nuisance animals

      If you have a pet that is causing nuisance, we may issue you with an order to stop the behaviour that constituted the nuisance.

      You have 7 days after the date the notice is given in which to object to a proposed order. An order remains in force for 6 months after it is issued. If you receive a subsequent fine it will be substantially higher in value.

      If we have issues you more than 5 orders, we may then issue you with a Court Attendance Notice.