Dog Management Policy


Draft revised Dog Management Policy 2018

  • Download the draft policy here and view the changes to mapped Declared Areas in detail on the map below.
  • Submissions to Council by 5pm 26 January 2018.

Council is proposing a new policy that includes some changes, including to beach access (Declared Areas).  The draft policy can be downloaded here and includes maps showing changes to beach access zones and other declared areas. 

Council aims to balance the reasonable expectations of dog owners and the community in the Dog Policy; providing for dogs and their owners whilst public health, safety and amenity are maintained and wildlife are not unduly harmed.

The draft policy follows comments and suggestions from the community on Council's current Dog Management Policy and discussions with the Parks and Wildlife Service Birdlife Tasmania and other interest groups and stakeholders.

Proposed changes include small additions to off-lead and restricted beaches, a Training Area at Pyengana, restrictions on recreation and sports grounds, additions to the Code and minor corrections.

Submissions are invited on the text of the Draft revised Draft Dog Management Policy 2018 and Declared Areas shown on the maps included in the policy.  Submissions must be received by 5pm 26 January 2018, delivered or posted to 32-34 Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens 7216, or via email

Details of the current policy and a general explanation follow.  The map below now also includes Declared Area changes from the draft Dog Management Policy 2018 (zoom in and click on the thicker lines under the current zone lines). The Public Notice published in December 2017 lists Declared Areas by location name and a copy can be downloaded here too. 


 Dog Management Policy

Council implements and maintains a Dog Managment Policy under the Dog Control Act 2000.  The Policy includes 'Declared areas' that allocate exercise, prohibited and restricted access for you and your dog owner on public areas of the Break O'Day Municipality. 

There are several types of declared areas or 'dog management zones':

  • Off Lead (beach, exercise area)
  • Dog Exercise area (land, St Helens)
  • On Lead at all times (restricted area)
  • Restricted Dog Access (restricted area)
  • Dogs Prohibited (no access at all)


The Dog Management Policy contains detailed maps of the dog management zones and the requirements and restrictions that apply. The 'restricted dog access' areas are on lead areas with additional limitations at certain times of the year, usually between 1 October to 31 March, and times of day.

You can view these dog access zones reproduced on the map below.  Or download a copy of the policy or the individual maps from the Resources on the right hand side of this page.

It is recommended that you make yourself familiar with the above areas and what is required when accessing them.  Should you need any further information please contact Council on 03 6376 7900.

Dog zones on Google Maps