What happens if I don't obey the Act and Regulations?
If you do not comply with the requirements of the Dog Control Act 2000 or the Dog Control Regulations 2010, you could be liable for an infringement or penalty. Some of the common offences are listed below. Fines and penalties are usually based on a Penalty Unit which is set by the government each year. You can access current penalty unit rates at the Department of Justice.
OFFENCE UNDER THE DOG CONTROL ACT 2000
NUMBER OF PENALTY UNIT/S
|Failing to register a dog over the age of 6 months||
|Failing to microchip a dog over the age of 6 months||10|
|Failing to notify council of a change of ownership of a dog||1|
|Allowing your dog to be at large||5|
|Taking your dog into a prohibited area||10|
|Failing to clean up after your dog||3|
|Allowing your dog to be a nuisance in a public place||5|
|Allowing your dog to be a nuisance to your neighbours||5|
|Keeping more than the allowed number of dogs on your premises without a kennel licence||5|
|Allowing your dog to attack another person||10 to 30|
These amounts are the maximum penalties that can apply to these offences if the matter proceeds to court. However, Council may issue an infringement notice for a lesser amount in the first instance.