Responsible pet ownership

To ensure the comfort, safety and health of the whole community the Companion Animals Act 1998 places certain responsibilities on all pet owners.

The NSW Office of Local Government provides information on Responsible Pet Ownership including:

  • barking dogs
  • dog attacks
  • information for breeders
  • responsible pet ownership, including desexing your pet
  • restricted and dangerous dog breeds

And, details of on-the-spot fines under the Companion Animals Act 1998 such as:

  • unleashed dog in a public place
  • dog not wearing a collar and ID tag in public
  • animal not permanently identified/microchipped
  • selling an animal not permanently identified
  • animal not registered
  • failure to remove faeces
  • not notifying change in registration ID
  • dog or cat in a prohibited area (including school/preschool/kindergarten grounds, shopping centres, public bathing areas including beaches, food preparation areas, sporting fields, playgrounds and wildlife protection areas)
  • owning a dog that attacks

There are also heavy fines for dogs that are declared dangerous or restricted.

Some simple tips on responsible cat and dog ownership


  • should be contained inside or in a cat run, particularly at nights, to restrict roaming and potential nuisance to neighbours
  • should wear a collar with name, address where it resides and the owner's contact number
  • should have a bell attached to their collar to help reduce their threat to birds.


  • need daily exercise for at least half an hour, such as a walk on a lead
  • should be trained from a young age, to help reduce nuisance barking and increase their socialisation skills


Be sure to check in your area for local dog obedience classes.

Related information

Companion Animals Act 1998
Responsible Pet Ownership