Botany Bay City Council provides five off-leash areas where dogs can exercise without a leash, but must still be under the control of a competent person:
Check the signs at each site for specific times and other regulations, and don’t forget to ‘scoop their poop’.
When exercising your dog in other areas please remember to keep them on their leash at all times. And remember that dogs are completely prohibited in the following places, regardless of whether they are leashed or not:
- within 10 metres of playgrounds and play equipment
- within metres of food outlets, except if the place is in a public thoroughfare (such as a road, footpath or pathway)
- in bathing areas such as tidal pools, beaches and foreshores
- within schools
- within child care centres
- within shopping arcades or shopping complexes, including parking areas or access to shops
- within any area set apart for the protection of wildlife
The Companion Animals Act 1998 makes Local Government responsible for many issues in relation to companion animals. In summary, the Act states and requires that dog owners and carers must comply with the following:
- A dog in a public place must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held by (or secured to) the person. The exceptions to this include: dogs secured in a vehicle or in an approved off-leash area;
- A person is permitted to walk a maximum of 4 dogs at any time in an on-leash or an off- leash area;
- If a dog defecates in a public place it is an offence not to remove and properly dispose of the faeces;
- Dangerous dogs and restricted breeds are to be leashed and muzzled at all times;
- Dogs are prohibited within 10 metres of children’s play areas, food preparation or food consumption areas;
- Unless permitted, dogs are not allowed in recreation areas, public bathing areas, school grounds, child care centres, shopping areas and wildlife protection areas;
- Owners remain responsible even if no injury is caused;
- People in breach of the Act must state their correct name and address to an authorised Council Officer or Police Officer; and
- Fines and or imprisonment, or seizures, apply for breaches of the Act.
Owners can support the Council with the responsible management and care of their dogs. To assist the following Code of Conduct has been prepared:
Code of Conduct for Dog Owners and Walkers.
- Be sure your dog has been micro-chipped and lifetime registered with Council.
- Ensure your dog has a collar around its neck when in a public place and with a registration tag attached.
- Leash your dog(s) while entering and exiting the dog off-leash area (On site signage will show dog owners where the off-leash area is located).
- Have a leash on hand at all times.
- Respect off-leash times and the dog off-leash area (some people want to be able to use the park without being bothered by dogs).
- Be sure you can see your dog at all times and pick up after it.
- Ensure your dog is responsive to your commands.
- Leash your dog if it exhibits aggressive behaviour.
- Leash your dog if there are picnics or festivals being held.
- Don’t allow your dog to dig holes.
- Don’t allow your dog to roam near a sports ground if it is being used for training or games.
- Keep early morning and evening noise to a minimum (in summer many people living next to a park may sleep with their windows open).
- Advise Council if the registered address of your dog changes.
- Advise Council if your dog is deceased.