Responsible pet ownership

Owning a pet is an important part of many people's lives, and it carries significant responsibility to ensure your animal is well cared for and has a meaningful life.

When you own a pet, it's important to have them registered with Council. Registration is crucially important for reuniting lost pets with their owners if they run away or get lost.

Without microchipping and registration, it can be very difficult to reconnect animals with their owners. 

Registering can be done in a few steps on our website, and registrations renew every year on 10 April.

Renew, update or cancel pet registration

Keeping your pet healthy

Part of being a responsible owner is ensuring your pet gets regular exercise, play time and mental stimulation - this will help to keep them happy, build a positive relationship with the animal and reduce the likelihood of destructive behaviour (such as chewing and digging).

It's important to provide shelter for your animal from heat, rain and other weather, and to provide access to clean water and food at all times. 

When planning for emergencies, such as bushfires and flooding, consider your animals and pets and ensure they're provided for in your plans.

Pets will require a number of immunisations when they are young to protect them from common illnesses that can impact their health. Most adult animals will require a yearly check-up and booster immunisations at a minimum.


When exercising your pets, such as dogs, they'll need to be on-lead at all times, unless in a designated off-lead area.

On the way to an off-lead area, your dog will need to be on-lead.

When in an off-lead area, owners need to provide supervision and carry a lead at all times. Only let your dog off-lead if you have adequate voice or hand control over the animal.

This will all help to ensure your animal is safe, while also being mindful of other animals and people in the community.

Owners are also responsible for disposing of waste appropriately. In some areas, bags for dog poo are provided, but owners are expected to carry bags with them wherever possible.

See our interactive map of dog off-lead areas

For more information about pet ownership, visit Council's Pets page.

Getting in contact

If you'd like to speak to our Safer Communities Team, including our rangers, call us on 1300 368 333 or email us at