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.

Following a period of public consultation, the Council at its meeting on 20 May 2019:

In accordance with section 24 of the Dog Control Act 2000 the City of Hobart intends to declare the following areas:


  • Regatta Grounds when being used for a community activity 
  • The Cenotaph and surrounds
  • Reids Track (Wellington Park).

Off-lead exercise areas

  • Regatta Grounds except when used for a community activity. 

On -lead exercise area

  • Radfords Track (Wellington Park)
  • Mathers Place.


  • Nutgrove Beach


Dogs are permitted off-lead between 6.00 pm and 10.00 am during daylight savings time and between 3.00 pm and 10.00 am at all other times.

Dogs are permitted on-lead between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm during daylight savings time and between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm at all other times.

The City is now seeking your feedback on these amendments. Visit the Your Say Hobart website to submit your feedback.

Feedback will be accepted until Tuesday 18 June 2019.