Dogs and cats in public places

Off-leash areas and cat curfews

Dogs in public places must be kept on a leash at all times, except when in designated off-leash areas. There is also a cat curfew and cats must be kept indoors from dusk to dawn.

Curfew for cats

Cats must be confined to their owner’s property from sunset to sunrise each day – either inside a building or in a properly constructed enclosure.

Off-leash areas for dogs

There are many parks and reserves in Maroondah that have been designated as off-leash areas – see the parks listing and map for details on off-leash areas.

Exceptions in off-leash areas

Even in off-leash areas, dogs must be kept on lead at all times while on any shared path and within 15 metres of:

  • playgrounds or children’s play equipment
  • public BBQ or picnic facilities
  • an organised sporting event match or training session.

Areas where no dogs or cats are permitted

Dogs and cats are not permitted in some reserves to protect areas of conservation significance and biodiversity.

Cleaning up after your dog

Council requires dog owners to carry appropriate receptacles, such as a bag, pouch or pooper scooper, to remove and dispose of dog waste whenever they are walking their dog in a public place.

It is a good idea to keep these receptacles with your dog’s lead as a reminder to take them with you when walking your dog.

You can be fined for not cleaning up after your dog.

Council’s Order that defines access for dogs and cats to public places

PDF  Order Pursuant to Section 26 (2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (PDF, 121kb)

MS Word  Order Pursuant to Section 26 (2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (Doc, 30kb)


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