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 - 2021 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