Public order review

Did you know that in 1998, Council adopted rules (a Public Order) for dogs and cats in public places?

The current rules state that dogs should be kept on a lead when they are on a Council road or footpath, and when they are within 5 metres of a shared pathway, children’s playground or barbeque area.

And you’ve probably seen signs at parks and reserves around Banyule that tell you whether you can take your dog or cat in with you. This is because the Public Order states that dogs and cats are not allowed to enter environmentally sensitive places.

Until December, we're asking Banyule residents to help shape a new Public Order for cats and dogs in public places, and we’d love to know if you see any opportunities for improvement.

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Have your say

Complete the survey and help shape a new Public Order for cats and dogs in public places. Share your thoughts until 12 December 2022.

For the purpose of the survey, the following definitions apply:

Nuisance is defined by Section 32 of the the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and relates to a dog or cat injuring or endangering the health of a person, or creating noise which persistently occurs to the extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of a person in another premises.

Control is defined by Banyule's current Public Order under Section 26 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and includes dogs being on a lead on all streets, roads, carparks and shopping areas and within five metres of a shared footway (bike and pedestrian path). In addition, dogs and cats are not permitted, retrained or otherwise, within five metres of children's play equipment or public barbeques.

Effective control is defined by Banyule's current Public Order under Section 26 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and includes: controlling a dog by means of a chain, cord or leash; or being with 75 metres (clear and unobstructed) of its owner; and returning to the owner on command.