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 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:
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.
Submissions in response to the draft Bill may be made publicly available on this website unless you advise in writing that your submission is to be confidential.
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