Owning a pet can be great fun and pets can be a very important part of life. Pet ownership also comes with responsibilities; there are laws for pet owners that aim to protect your pet's health and safety, the environment, and other people.
Choosing and owning a pet
What to consider when you're thinking about getting a pet, and the dos and don'ts of being a responsible pet owner.
Registration, microchipping, and desexing
Lifetime registration, permits and microchipping are required by law. Desexing is not required, but can have benefits for your pet's health and care.
Lost, found or impounded animals
What to do when your pet is missing, if you've found a pet or a stray animal, where the pound is, how and when to notify Council, and how to get in touch with Council rangers.
Working dogs in rural NSW
Although there are some exemptions to owning rural working dogs, there are still rules and responsibilities.
View our map to find places you can take your dog for exercise, and follow the rules signposted at those areas.
Dangerous and menacing dogs
What it means for a dog to be declared dangerous or menacing, the requirements for owners of declared dangerous or menacing dogs, and possible penalties.
What to do if you're involved in a dog attack, information you'll need to report it, and how to prevent a dog attack from occurring.
Dog owners are responsible for ensuring their dog does not create a nuisance by barking excessively. Find out why dogs bark and how to manage them in different situations.
Find out why and how to prevent your cat from wandering, permits and fees for non desexed cats and answers to frequently asked questions for cat owners.
Roosters and chickens
Find out if you can keep roosters and chickens on your property, rules about how to keep them, and what you can do if you experience health or noise related issues.
If you have questions about lost, found or impounded animals, or pet ownership in general, contact Council's rangers:
- T: 4474 1019
- E: Council rangers