Responsible dog ownership
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Dec 2021

Your dog = your responsibility.

This is council's message to bring responsible dog ownership into focus on the Coast.

Raising community awareness

Council’s responsible dog ownership campaign:

  • promotes behaviour that is socially responsible — shared parks, shared beaches.
  • helps owners to make sure their dogs are not a nuisance to other people and animals.
  • increases awareness about dog regulations in local laws.

Council officers will visit parks and beaches to:

  • provide information and education.
  • enforce local laws.

The dog laws are based on common sense. Council is calling on the community to do the right thing. Everyone should be able to enjoy the Coast's open spaces safely and comfortably.

Responsible dog ownership means

Register your dog each year.

When exercising your dog in public, keep it under control on a lead held by a capable person. In designated off-leash areas you must be able to control your dog. Be sure to check the signage to see whether dog off-leash times or conditions have changed. Penalties apply if dogs are off leash outside of these times (refer to the map[460KB]).

Visit our interactive, mobile-friendly website to identify the dog off-leash and prohibited areas when you’re out and about across the Sunshine Coast region You can also access the site via council’s app.

Carry a doggy bag when walking your dog. Make sure you pick up your dog’s faeces, carry it with you and dispose of it responsibly. Otherwise, fines may apply.

Do not leave your dog unattended in a public place.

Keep your dog in your yard by providing a suitable enclosure.

Respect your neighbours. If your dog continually barks, find out why and learn how to change its behaviour. Excessive barking may result in costly legal action.

Vaccinate and worm your dog.

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