Frequently Asked Questions

What are my responisibilities as a dog owner?

As the owner or person in charge of a dog, you have certain responsibilities and legal requirements under the Dog Control Act 2000. The following outlines the main responsibilities:

An authorised person (e.g; Compliance Officer) may request from a dog owner their name and place of residence if the authorised person reasonably believes that the person is committing, has committed or attempted to commit an offence under the Dog Control Act 2000 (The Act).

A person must not –

A person, in making any application or giving any information under “The Act”, must not –

Why do I have to register my dog?

Dog registration is a legal requirement under the Dog Control Act 2000 (The Act). You may receive an infringement notice for not complying with this Act. However, there are many additional benefits the come by registering your dog with Council.

Your dog’s registration fees may go toward providing the following:

Events, incentive schemes and information may include

Employing animal management staff

Dangerous and restricted breed dog management

Your registration fees cover the costs of staff in enforcement of the control of dangerous, menacing and restricted bred dogs. Ensuring that owners are compliant with current legislation, preventing a continuing threat to the community.

Exotic disease and biosecurity

The State Government uses pet registration information for responding to exotic disease threats that effect dogs. Without proper knowledge of the location of dogs, in the event of a disease outbreak, the State Government cannot know who to contact to prevent the spread of or effectively plan the eradication of the disease.

Why do dogs have to be registered at six (6) months of age?

The owner of a dog over the age of six (6) months must be registered with Council.

Registering a dog at six (6) months of age encourages early age de-sexing of that dog, offering a discount to registration upon application. This may in turn prevent the breeding of unwanted dogs, many of which are euthanised each year across Tasmania.

Registering dogs at six (6) months of age also ensures that a lost dog is swiftly reunited to their owners. For registration forms please refer to www.warwyn.tas.gov.au

When does the registration period start and finish each year?

The registration period begins on the 1st of July and finishes on the 30st of June the following year. You have a 30-day grace period to re-register your dog to qualify for a discount. After the 31st of July the full fee will apply. Any owners failing to register their dogs within the discount period may receive an infringement for an unregistered dog.

Registration fees:

The types and levels of fees are set by the elected members of Council and vary depending on a number of factors. Please see the fees and charges for the current fee on our website at: www.warwyn.tas.gov.au

You may be eligible for reduced registration fees if your dog is:

Does my dog have to wear the registration tag all the time?

Generally, yes! The owner or person in charge of a dog, other than an assistance dog, must ensure that the dog, while in a public place, has a collar fastened around its neck to which the dog's registration tag is attached.

However, this does not apply to –

The owner or person in charge of an assistance dog must ensure that the dog, while in a public place, has its registration tag attached to its collar, lead or harness.

A person must not remove a collar from a dog that is in a public place without a valid purpose.

What do I do if my dog loses its registration tag?

A replacement registration tag is available from the Council office at a small cost. Please see the fees and charges for the current fee on our website at: www.warwyn.tas.gov.au

What happens if I register my dog late or do not register my dog?

Dog registration renewals that are unpaid at 1 August will incur the full registration fee. Late registrations create additional administrative costs in reminders notices, postage as well as staff time.

If you do not register your dog the following may occur:

Take note: Impoundment and associated housing cost will be incurred in the relation to the seizure of the unregistered dog.
These costs must be paid before Council can release your dog back to you.
If the dog is not microchipped this will also be conducted and added to the cost prior to its release.

Do I have to microchip my dog?

The owner of a dog that is over 6 months of age must ensure that the dog is implanted with an approved microchip.

This does not apply to –

If a dog that is required to be implanted with a microchip is not implanted and is seized in accordance with The Act, then the General Manager may assert the dog to be implanted with an approved microchip. The owner of the dog is liable for the costs associated with the implanting.

This also applies to all dogs that have been registered with Council before the 1st July 2011 unless the dog is classed as exempt.

Note: It is not required for a working dog to be microchipped. However, by having your dog microchipped will help Council locate the owner of a lost dog.

Why do I have to prove that my dog is a working dog?

Council understands that there are a number of businesses within the community that benefit from owning and using a working dog. By providing proof that your dog is a working dog, you are eligible to a discounted fee. Examples of proof include; the breed of your dog, the address that the dog works at, a letter from your employer or if you are the owner of the farming property, you need to provide a primary producer number.

A working dog is classified by the below criteria.

working dog means a dog used principally for –

A hunting dog is not classified as a working dog as stated in The Act.

A hunting dog means a dog used principally for hunting.

If you believe your dog is classified as a ‘working dog’, please provide Council with the above information and a Council officers will then assess and determine if you qualify for a registration discount.

Please note: working dogs are not exempt from registration but are from microchipping.

What should I do if a dog attack occurs?

If a dog attacks, harasses or menaces a person or other animal please contact Council immediately on 6443 8333 or the Police on 131 444. An investigation will be promptly conducted by Council staff. 

What happens if I move to a new house or change my details?

If you are moving to a new house permanently or moving temporarily for more than 14 days with your dog, you will need to notify Council in writing. This needs to be done within 14 days of moving.

If you're transferring to a different municipality, both your old and new councils will need to be notified in writing.

You can notify The Waratah Wynyard Council by completing a change of dog ownership details form. Then mail, email or drop off the form to Council.

This form can be found on our website at www.warwyn.tas.gov.au or call Council on 6443 8333 and we can email the form to you.

Please note: Ensure that you immediately notify Council if any of you contact details change.
A current phone number is vital to track down the owners of a dog found at large.

What happens if I sell or give my dog to someone else?

As the previous owner, you must notify Council in writing that you no longer own the dog. This must occur within 14 days of the change of ownership. The new owner of the dog will also need to notify Council of the change of ownership, in writing within 14 days.

You can notify Council by completing a change of dog ownership details form. Then mail, email or drop off the form to Council.

This form can be found on our website at www.warwyn.tas.gov.au or call Council on 6443 8333 and we can email the form to you.

Please note: you may be responsible for any incidents that occur involving your dog
whilst it is register or micro-chipped under your NAME!

What happens if my dog passes away?

In the unfortunate situation where your dog passes away, you are obliged to notify Council in writing within 14 days of the dog's death. This also applies if your dog is lost or permanently removed from your premises. Once notified, Council will cancel your dog's registration, thus you will not receive a registration reminder notice for your lost pet.

You must notify Council in writing by completing a change of dog’s ownership details form. Then mail, email or drop off the form to Council. This form can be found on our website at www.warwyn.tas.gov.au or call Council on 6443 8333 and we can email the form to you.

Does my dog have to be on a lead in public areas?

In most cases your dog MUST be on a lead and under effective control when in a public place. Your dog must be tethered to a lead of not more than 2m long by a person able to control that dog. A dog can only be tethered to a fixed object by a lead not more than 2m long in a public area for a period not more than 30 minutes. Please make yourself familiar with the areas that you dog can be exercised off lead to avoid receiving a penalty notice.

Dogs can be exercised off lead in designated off lead areas located by signage or our dog beach brochure that can be found on our website. The dog must also be under effect control. (Effective Control means that your dog is in close proximity, in visual sight and the person in charge of the dog is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of an authorised person that the dog is immediately responsive to the person’s commands). 

What are the “Prohibited public areas” in my municipality?

There are several “Prohibited public areas” within our municipality that prohibit dogs from entering at all times. A person must not take a dog into:

This section does not apply to –

Please note: allowing your dog to enter or taking your dog into a prohibited
public area is an offence against the Act.
You may be issued with an infringement notice for non-compliance.

Do I have to clean up after my dog?

Yes!  You are always required and expected to immediately clean up after your dog when they are in a public place. Dog faeces can be unpleasant and may damage the environment. Cleaning up can be done simply and easily with the aid of a scooper or plastic bag, the collected product can be placed into the nearest rubbish bin.

Please note: This does not apply to a guide dog that is accompanying a wholly or partially blind person.

How many dogs may I keep on my premises?

Under the Act you are required to apply to Council for a kennel licence if you intend to keep:

For more information on kennel licences please contact Council on 6443 8333.

What is a dangerous dog?

Dogs may be declared dangerous if they have:

  1. Caused serious injury to a person or other animal; or
  2. There is reasonable cause to believe that the dog is likely to cause serious injury to a person or another animal.

If either of the above occurs, the General Manager is able to serve notice on the owner of the dog and give reasons for the declaration in that notice, advising the owner of their rights of appeal.

All declared dangerous dogs whilst out in public must ensure that:

A dangerous dog is under the effective control of a person on premises at which the dog is usually kept if: 

In addition, the dog must be microchipped and always wear an approved collar. If you own a dog that has been declared dangerous you must also ensure that there are approved warning signs on every entrance to your property.

Please Note: A dangerous dog can be identified in public by a red and yellow fluorescent diagonal striped collar.

Nuisance or barking dogs?

A dog is a nuisance if –

If you believe that your neighbour’s dog is a nuisance by constantly barking it would be Council initial recommendation in the interests of sound neighbourly relations that both you and the dog owner/s enter into negotiations to attempt to successfully resolve the nuisance barking issue.

Should this not be possible or not successful then the matter should be raised informally with Council’s Compliance officer.  The matter will be assessed and if required, possible remedial action will be advised to the dog owner/s to resolve the issue.  The complainant will be notified of the results of the initial assessment and, if required, future actions to resolve the matter.

Should the matter remain unresolved or you wish Council to formally process the matter and request Council to investigate it under the Dog Control Act 2000, the following information is required to allow for a fair and unbiased investigation:

Lodging a formal complaint with Council should be your last resort.

Please note: As a dog owner you are responsible for ensuring that your dog is not causing
a nuisance and is always kept under effective control. Council may issue infringement
or abatement notices if the owner fails to prevent their dog from becoming a nuisance.

Can I keep a guard dog?

A guard dog can only be used to guard premises that are not residential premises. If you are the owner of a dog that you wish to use as a guard dog to guard non-residential premises, then you must notify the General Manager in writing that the dog is a guard dog. On receipt of the notification, the general manager will declare the dog to be a dangerous dog. If the dog ceases to act as a guard dog, then the owner may apply to the general manager to revoke the declaration. The General Manager may then revoke the declaration if satisfied the dog is no longer being used as a guard dog and is not a dangerous dog.

What happens if my dog leaves my property and is impounded?

If your dog is impounded by Council and is wearing a current registration tag, then Council will make all reasonable efforts to contact the owner advising them that their dog has been seized and impounded.

Please note: An authorised officer may seize and detain any dog at large.

If a dog is registered and its owner is identifiable, the general manager will notify the owner of the dog in writing that 

The owner of a dog seized must pay, within 5 working days after a notice has been issued:

If, after five (5) working days after the notice has been given to the owner, the owner does not reclaim the dog, the general manager may sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of the dog.

Council will take reasonable steps and make reasonable inquiries to identify the owner of a dog.

If a dog is seized and its owner is not identifiable, the general manager, not less than three (3) working days after its seizure, may;

All dogs that are seized and impounded by the council are housed at the
Burnie Dogs Home, 170 Stowport Road, Burnie Tasmania 7320 (PH: 03 6431 6199).

What happens if my dog is seized by an authorised officer ?

An authorized person who has reason to believe that the owner or person in charge of a dog has committed an offence against the Dog Control Act 2000 may; 

 If your dog has been seized by a Council Officer due to an alleged offence against the Act, then the general manager will serve a notice in writing stating;

Please note: If you have been served with a notice, then you must follow all steps outlined
in that notice and pay all appropriate impounding fees before you dog can be released.

Can an authorised council officer enter my property?

Yes. An authorized person may enter and remain in or on any premises at any reasonable time to determine –

An authorized person who has reason to believe that the owner or person in charge of a dog has committed an offence under The Act may –

A magistrate, by warrant, may empower an authorized person and any other person named in the warrant to enter a dwelling by force if –

What happens if my dog is seized by an authorised officer after an alleged dog attack?

An authorized person may seize and detain any dog in respect of which the person has reasonable cause to believe that an offence for a dog attack has been committed.

If your dog has been seized by a council officer following an alleged attack, then that dog will be detained at the Burnie Dogs Home or any form of custody that the authorized officer directs until;

The owner of the dog will be notified by the general manager in writing following the outcome of the investigation.

 

More information link:

http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/local_government/legislation/dog_control

 

 

 
 
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