In Meander Valley, dogs must be kept in accordance with the requirements of:
The Dog Control Act 2000
Animal Welfare (Dogs) Regulations 2016
Dog Control Regulations 2010
Meander Valley Council Dog Management Policy

Dog registration and micro-chipping

If you own a dog that is over the age of six months, it is required to be registered and micro-chipped. For first time registrations you will need to lodge an application form. Forms can be collected from the Council office and Service Tasmania Shops or they are available to download:

Dog Registration Application

If you are renewing your dog’s registration, you will receive a renewal notice in the mail each June. Renewals can be paid online.

Pay your Dog Registration Renewal online

For questions about registration or to advise Council of a change of address, change of ownership or a deceased pet, phone 6393 5300

Your responsibilities as a dog owner

• You must keep your dog under effective control at all times
• You must sufficiently restrain your dog whilst it is in or on a vehicle
• Your dog must be registered and micro-chipped
• When in public places you must clean up after your dog
• Your dog must not injure, endanger, intimidate, cause distress or cause a nuisance
• You must ensure your dog does not roam

On the spot fines can be issued if you fail to keep your dog under effective control in a public place, your dog is not registered, does not have a micro-chip or is found to be at large.

Does my dog have to be on a lead in public areas?
Your dog must be under effective control at all times. On a road or footpath in a city or town your dog must be on a lead. The lead must be less than two metres long and you must be of sufficient age and strength to control the dog.

If your dog is off lead in a public place it still must be under effective control at all times and you are required to:

• Keep you dog in sight and within close proximity
• Demonstrate satisfactorily to an authorised person that your dog will immediately respond to your commands.

Cleaning up after your dog
Dog faeces cause environmental harm when washed into waterways. They also transmit disease and can harbour E-Coli bacteria which can cause ongoing illness. Respect others by always cleaning up after your dog when in a public place. Use a scoop and a plastic bag and place faeces in the nearest bin. Green dispensers containing dog tidy bags are located throughout the municipality.

Kennel licences - keeping more than two dogs

Under the Dog Control Act 2000, you must apply for a Kennel Licence if you intend to keep:

• More than two (2) domestic dogs over the age of six months
• More than four (4) working dogs over the age of six months

A kennel license must be renewed each year.

Kennel License Application Form

Stray dogs

If you find a stray dog, contact Council on 6393 5300

If the dog has a registration tag, Council can contact the owner. If the dog cannot be identified or you cannot hold the dog, Council's Animal Control Officer will arrange for the dog to be collected.

Dangerous dogs

Dangerous dogs that are a threat to people and other animals should be safely dealt with by Council's Animal Control Officer. If there is a dog that is of concern, contact Council on 6393 5300

Animal welfare and reporting cruelty

There are a number of ways that anyone with concerns about the welfare of an animal can report it confidentially. You can call the National Animal Cruelty Hotline on 1300 139 947. Details taken are passed on to the Tasmanian RSPCA for investigation.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: or you can report it online. Your details will remain strictly confidential.

Report animal cruelty and animal welfare issues online

Dog exercise areas

DeloraineAlveston Drive - western side
WestburyTown Common - south of the King Street entrance
HadspenAlong the riverbank between Browne and Foote Streets
Blackstone HeightsPitcher Parade