Dogs On Leash Controls

Dogs to be on a Leash in Public Areas in the Townships

dogonlead.jpgIn 2007 Council adopted new dog control regulations that aim to achieve a balance between differing and often passionately held community views about dog control.  The regulations aim to balance the need for dogs and their owners to enjoy our open spaces with the need for public safety and protection of environmentally sensitive areas.

The regulations provide clarity by specifying that, within the township areas of the Surf Coast Shire, all dogs are required to be on a leash in all public places, except as specified in nominated areas.

These nominated areas include some reserves and beaches on the Surf Coast which are designated as "off-leash" areas.  In these areas, dogs must be under effective control of their owners.

Dog-free zones include all playgrounds on the Surf Coast as well as some environmentally sensitive areas including Point Roadknight which is a known breeding ground for the vulnerable hooded plover.

Over peak visitor periods including summer and the Easter weekend, Timeshare restrictions operate on some popular beaches that are often crowded during the day.  Details are on our dog regulation brochures.


You can check dog controls in any area by looking for signs or checking the Surf Coast dog regulations map that can be downloaded from the link below or found at any Visitor Information Centre or Council's Torquay office.


Playgrounds are sometimes located in a larger public reserve. While dogs may be allowed in the surrounding reserve, for the safety and comfort of children, dogs are not allowed in any public playground.

Download Surfcoast Shire Dog Regulations Brochure (including maps)  







Cartoon of a person walking a dog