Contact the Local Government Division on 03 6232 7022 or Service Tasmania on 1300 135 513.
Use the Tasmanian Government Directory to find staff contact details
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:
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.
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:
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
HOBART TAS 7001
Telephone: (03) 6232 7022
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
HOBART TAS 7001
Telephone: (03) 6233 4031 or 1300 368 550