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Dog control

Dog microchipping poster

The Dog Control Act 2000 (the Act) provides the legislative framework for the management of dogs in Tasmania.   It primarily empowers the general managers of councils to enforce the provisions of the Act.

An outline of the requirements in the Act, and general information on dog ownership issues, are provided in the following pages:


General dog control issues

Dangerous dogs

Restricted breeds


This information is provided as a brief guide to the main requirements of the dog control legislation.
Dog owners, or persons in charge of dogs, should not rely on this information as a complete description of their rights and responsibilities under the legislation.

Draft Dog Control Act 2000 Amendments

In October 2013 the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Local Government Division released an issues paper seeking comment on a number of proposed amendments to the Dog Control Act 2000 (the Act). The consultation supported a number of proposed amendments to the Act which have been included in the Draft Dog Control Amendment Bill 2017 (the draft Bill). Members of the public were invited to comment on the draft Bill which includes the following:

  • Greyhounds that have graduated from the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) will be exempt from the requirement to wear a muzzle when in a public place.
  • Councils will be allowed to declare areas of council-controlled land from which dogs are restricted permanently.
  • Dog owners will be required to inform their council of their dog’s microchip number.
  • Dog owners will be required to inform the relevant council when a dangerous dog is transferred to its municipal area.
  • Greater clarity is provided for primary producers relating to livestock on rural land.
  • Consistency is provided with other Tasmanian legislation with respect to appeals to the Magistrates Court regarding the destruction of dangerous dogs.

Comments were also sought on changes to the Act that would allow authorised officers to take DNA samples from attacking dogs.


Submissions on the draft Bill closed on 7 April 2017. Thank you to all those who made submissions on the Bill.

The submissions are available for you to download.

Further information

Contact the Local Government Division at:

GPO Box 123

Telephone: (03) 6232 7022

Cat management in Tasmania

Domestic cats are a part of many households and are a valued companion pet to many people. The Tasmanian Government promotes responsible pet ownership. For information on cat management, please refer to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment at:

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE)
GPO Box 44
Telephone: (03) 6233 4031 or 1300 368 550

DPIPWE website for cat management.