Walking dogs off leash

In the Macedon Ranges, dogs in public places are not required to be on a lead, unless the area is signed. However, this does not apply to dogs that have been declared dangerous, menacing or are restricted breed.  Under state law, these dogs must be on a lead at all times when outside their owners' properties.

Activities in Council's new Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017–21 include investigating the introduction of new laws for pets in public places, such as dog on and off-leash areas and cat curfews.

Dog poo

If you own a dog, you must collect and remove all droppings that they leave in a public place such as a park or on a footpath.

Carry a plastic bag or other container with you and scoop up the poo immediately before you move on.

Dog poo is a form of litter which:

  • is offensive to others walking and enjoying our public, open spaces
  • can cause health issues, such as spreading disease and infections to other dogs
  • It is an offence to not clean up after your dog, and fines may apply.

If you see someone that fails to clean up after their dog, you can report it to Council: Contact Us