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Nuisances & Complaints

Dogs fightingCouncil receives a number of complaints from members of the public for several types of nuisances including:

Council advocates neighbours talking with each other where an animal is causing a nuisance.  We do understand that this may be difficult, but be mindful that neighbours may be unaware their animal is causing a nuisance and are often offended when the first approach is from a council officer. Before making a complaint to Council you should consider:

  • Can I talk to my neighbour about the nuisance?
  • Can I write them a note about the nuisance?
  • Is anything that I am doing triggering the animal to cause the nuisance (ie a cat walking on the fence making a neighbours dog bark) and can I modify the surroundings to prevent the nuisance?
  • If you have taken steps to resolve the problem and have been unsuccessful, Council may become involved.

Dogs on Leash

Dogs must be on a leash at all times when being walked in public.  It is an offence for a dog to be in public and not be on a leash as per  Subordinate Local Law No.2 (Animal Management) 2011 (PDF 7.6MB)

Making a Complaint

You can make a complaint by contacting Council or lodging a request online. If your request is urgent or after business hours, please call Council directly.

All animal complaints require that you provide the following information:
  • Your name and contact details
  • The type of complaints (barking dogs, dog attack, wandering animal etc.)
  • Date and time of the incident
  • Location of the incident
  • Type of animal(s)
  • Further information may be required depending on the type of complaint

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