Dog Infringement Offences

Dog offences can range from failing to register your dog annually to dog attacks on people or other animals. The Dog Control Act 1996 and Council bylaws set out the range of dog offences.

Infringement Offences and Fees

The following fines for offences are set out in Schedule 1 of the Dog Control Act 1996; they are set fees for infringement notices issued by the council. For many of these offences, the court can impose a higher maximum penalty if the offence is dealt with by a court hearing.

Section of Act Description of Offence Fine ($)
18 Wilful obstruction of dog control officer or dog ranger 750
19(2) Failure or refusal to supply information or wilfully providing false particulars 750
19A(2) Failure to supply information or wilfully providing false particulars about dog 750
20(5) Failure to comply with any bylaw authorised by section 20 of the Dog Control Act 1996 (e.g. failure to remove faeces).. 300
23A(2) Failure to undertake dog owner education programme or dog obedience course (or both) 300
24 Failure to undertake dog owner education programme or dog obedience course (or both) 750
28(5) Failure to comply with effects of disqualification 750
32(2) Failure to comply with effects of classification of dog as dangerous dog 300
32(4) Fraudulent sale or transfer of dangerous dog 500
33EC(1) Failure to comply with effects of classification of dog as menacing dog 300
33F(3) Failure to advise person of muzzle and leashing requirements 100
36A(6) Failure to implant microchip transponder in dog 300
41 False statement relating to dog registration 750
41A Falsely notifying death of a dog 750
42 Failure to register a dog. 300
46(4) Fraudulent procurement or attempt to procure replacement dog registration label or disc 500
48(3) Failure to advise change of dog ownership 100
49(4) Failure to advise change of address 100
51(1) Removal, swapping or counterfeiting of registration label or disc 500
52(A) Failure to keep dog controlled or confined 200
53(1) Failure to keep dog under control 200
54(2) Failure to provide proper care and attention, to supply proper and sufficient food, water, and shelter, and to provide adequate exercise. 300
54(A) Failure to use or carry leash in public place 100
62(4) Allowing dogs known to be dangerous to be at large unmuzzled or unleashed 300
62(5) Failure to advise of muzzle and leashing requirements 100
72(2) Releasing dog from custody

750