City of Hobart Dog Management Strategy

The City of Hobart is responsible for managing dogs in its municipal area.

We operate within the Dog Control Act 2000 and the City of Hobart's Dog Management Strategy 2014-18(PDF, 348KB) to create a caring, happy and safe environment for dogs and minimize their impact on other people, animals and the environment.

Review of the Dog Management Strategy

The City of Hobart is reviewing its Dog Management Strategy.

In May 2018, pet and non-pet owners were invited to submit their feedback on a variety of things including a code relating to responsible dog ownership, the provision of declared areas such as off lead, training, prohibited and restricted areas, a fee structure, and any other relevant matters.

Received submissions have been considered by the officers in the drafting of a new dog management policy and in determining proposed declared areas (off-lead, on-lead, prohibited, training and restricted) areas.

On 17 December 2018 the Council endorsed the (PDF, 157KB)draft dog management policy(PDF, 196KB) and (PDF, 346KB)proposed declared areas(PDF, 212KB) for release for public comment. The consultation period closed on 4 February 2019. 

A report will be prepared for the Council outlining the feedback received and, if necessary, making recommendations on changes. If the proposed changes are adopted by the Council, they will be released for further public comment later in 2019.

An earlier version of the Intention to Declare Areas document contained the following errors:

Prohibited Areas list

No reference to Blinking Billy

No reference to Beaumaris Zoo.

No reference to the Soldiers Memorial Community Hub

On-Lead areas list

No reference to the Bridge of Remembrance

No reference to the changes to Lambert Gully dog access (applauded by submissions to the report to Council)

Pipeline Track (between Fern Tree and the municipal boundary) incorrectly listed as excluded from on-lead exercise areas at Wellington Park

Restricted Areas list

No reference to Girrabong Play Area

A new version correcting these mistakes was updated on 7 January 2019.