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Dog control

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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.

Dog Control Issues Paper

In 2012, the then State Government was approached by local government and Tasracing with proposed amendments to the Dog Control Act 2000.

On 6 October 2013, the Director of Local Government released an Issues Paper and invited submissions on the proposed amendments which sought to:

  1. exempt greyhounds that have graduated from the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) from the requirement to wear a muzzle while in a public place;
  2. provide councils with the power to restrict dogs permanently from council controlled land such as major sports grounds or beaches; and
  3. change the kennel licensing arrangements for working and hunting dogs in rural areas.

A total of 51 submissions were received from stakeholders, including the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), councils, the Animal Management Officers Association of Tasmania (AMOAT), Tasracing, RSPCA Tasmania, Dogs Tasmania, various dog walking associations and community members. The submissions are now being considered.

For further information please 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.