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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Dog control

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The Dog Control Act 2000 (the Act) provides the legislative framework for the management of dogs in Tasmania.   It primarily empowers the general managers of councils to enforce the provision of the Act.

An outline of the requirements in the Act, and general information on dog ownership issues, are provided in the following pages:


General dog control issues

Dangerous dogs

Restricted breeds


This information is provided as a brief guide to the main requirements of the dog control legislation.
Dog owners, or persons in charge of dogs, should not rely on this information as a complete description of their rights and responsibilities under the legislation.

New - Dog Control Issues Paper released for public consultation

The Minister for Local Government has been requested to consider changes to the Dog Control Act 2000 to: 

  1. exempt greyhounds that have graduated from the Greyhound Adoption Program from the requirement to wear a muzzle while in a public place;
  2. change the kennel licensing arrangements for working and hunting dogs in rural areas; and
  3. provide councils with the power to restrict dogs permanently from council controlled land such as major sports grounds or beaches.

An Issues Paper has been released for public consultation.  The Issues Paper seeks comment on the three proposals to amend the Act listed above.  Input is welcome on the issues raised in the Issues Paper, and on related matters.  Consultation closes on 8 November 2013.

You can access the Issues Paper here (PDF, 440KB).. 

For further information please contact the Local Government Division at:

GPO Box 123
Telephone: (03) 6232 7022


For information on cat management, please refer to:

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44
Telephone: (03) 6233 4031

Department switchboard: 1300 368 550 (local call cost within Australia)