As of 1 January 2020, Council's new Dog and Cat Order 2019 - Domestic Animals Act 1994(PDF, 831KB) (incorporating Schedules 1 and 2) requires:
- dogs to be under effective control in public places
- dogs to be leashed in all public places except in designated off leash areas.
- prohibits dogs and cats from some public places for environmental reasons.
These changes have taken place as a result of extensive public consultation as part of the development of Council's Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.