Dog Management Policy

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The Dog Control Act 2000 outlines the requirement for Councils to have a Dog Management Policy, which is to be reviewed every five years.

The City of Launceston has reviewed the current Dog Management Policy and is proposing to amend it as follows:

1. To include information in the Policy relating to Dogs on Leads, Emergency after hours, stray dogs, microchipping, registration, dog attacks, dangerous dogs, restricted breed dogs, kennel licence, the delta dog safe education program, the fees structure and declared areas. Much of this information will be taken straight from the Dog Control Act 2000 and applied to the City of Launceston's Dog Management Policy.

2. Inclusion of a lifelong dog registration fee for desexed dogs. This will mean dog owners would pay a one-off fee for the life of the dog. The initial proposed fee is $100. Assuming a dog lives an average life of 10 years, this would result in significant savings on registration for owners. Should the owner move out of the area or the dog dies within three years, they would be entitled to a partial refund.

3. Another option being considered is the removal of a discounted early fee to be replaced by one fee payable within 30 days, after which infringements may apply. This will allow for greater administrative efficiencies and assist in keeping costs down.

4. It is proposed to make some changes to the declared areas. The Dog Control Act 2000 allows a Council to declare areas that allow, restrict or prohibit dogs in that area.The proposed changes to declared areas are marked on the maps for each area. Many of the changes made are purely to recognise the current infrastructure and environmental conditions and to adapt the declared areas accordingly, for example, currently un-fenced areas will be declared as on leash areas.

We're seeking feedback to ensure the policy is current and meets the needs of the community.

If you'd like to contribute feedback, please read the draft policy then complete the survey below.

You'll find the policy in our Documents Library as well as attached in the survey.

Thank you.


The Dog Control Act 2000 outlines the requirement for Councils to have a Dog Management Policy, which is to be reviewed every five years.

The City of Launceston has reviewed the current Dog Management Policy and is proposing to amend it as follows:

1. To include information in the Policy relating to Dogs on Leads, Emergency after hours, stray dogs, microchipping, registration, dog attacks, dangerous dogs, restricted breed dogs, kennel licence, the delta dog safe education program, the fees structure and declared areas. Much of this information will be taken straight from the Dog Control Act 2000 and applied to the City of Launceston's Dog Management Policy.

2. Inclusion of a lifelong dog registration fee for desexed dogs. This will mean dog owners would pay a one-off fee for the life of the dog. The initial proposed fee is $100. Assuming a dog lives an average life of 10 years, this would result in significant savings on registration for owners. Should the owner move out of the area or the dog dies within three years, they would be entitled to a partial refund.

3. Another option being considered is the removal of a discounted early fee to be replaced by one fee payable within 30 days, after which infringements may apply. This will allow for greater administrative efficiencies and assist in keeping costs down.

4. It is proposed to make some changes to the declared areas. The Dog Control Act 2000 allows a Council to declare areas that allow, restrict or prohibit dogs in that area.The proposed changes to declared areas are marked on the maps for each area. Many of the changes made are purely to recognise the current infrastructure and environmental conditions and to adapt the declared areas accordingly, for example, currently un-fenced areas will be declared as on leash areas.

We're seeking feedback to ensure the policy is current and meets the needs of the community.

If you'd like to contribute feedback, please read the draft policy then complete the survey below.

You'll find the policy in our Documents Library as well as attached in the survey.

Thank you.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Launceston is seeking feedback to ensure its Dog Management Policy is current and meets the needs of the community.

    Please read the attached policy prior to completing the survey. 

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