There is no doubt dogs make wonderful companions and are highly valued as family pets. Ipswich City Council has over 28,000 registered dogs; a figure which indicates the popularity of dog ownership within our city.
Ipswich City Council, through its permits, Local Laws and animal programs, assists owners to understand canine behaviour and protect and enjoy their animal, whilst minimising the possibility of disruption to community and the local environment by dogs that are not managed responsibly. Dog owners in Ipswich must comply with a number of Local Law and environmental health requirements, including the compulsory registration of all dogs with Ipswich City Council. See Permits and Local Laws for further information.
Council's Animal Management Officers operate under Local Law No. 6 (Animal Management) 2013 and the Queensland Government legislation Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. It is important to have laws & regulations in place to ensure public safety and that dogs do not create a nuisance to others.
Failure to comply with these laws and regulations could result in the issue of notices and fines by Council.
If you are experiencing problems with dogs in your neighbourhood, roaming, barking or creating a nuisance, please click here to report it online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 and an Animal Management Officer will investigate your concerns.
You can keep up to two dogs on your property without the need for a permit or up to four dogs on land 2,000m² or more.
If you wish to keep more than four dogs you must apply to Ipswich City Council for a permit. If you wish to keep guard dogs on commercial property you must also apply for a permit.
It is important to note all dogs owners in Ipswich, regardless of whether they require a permit or not, must comply with Local Law standards.
Should you wish to make a request for Council to investigate the keeping of more than two dogs on a person's property on land that exceeds the above-listed requirements, please click here to report it online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with the necessary information including location and address of the property and estimation of the number of dogs being kept.
Dogs that are visiting your property for a period of time may do so upon conditions and approval set by Council. Dogs staying at a property where they are not normally kept may be temporarily permitted if they are currently registered in another Council within Australia or not required to be registered (eg disability assistance) and for a period no more than than 60 days. Incidences where this may occur include visiting family and friends who bring their dog for the visit, or looking after a dog for a short period for a friend/family member.
To apply for Council's approval for a visiting dog, a letter must be sent to Council with the following details:
If Council grants permission to keep excess dogs for no more than 60 days, the property will be inspected after that time to ensure the excess dogs are no longer on the property.
Should you wish to keep excess dogs on a regular basis, you will need to apply for a Non-Standard Permit.
Local Laws are provided by Council to assist owners to look after their dog/s, and to promote ownership responsibility in the protection of our local environment. All dog owners in Ipswich must comply with the following minimum standards in accordance with Local Law No. 6 (Animal Management) 2013, regardless of whether they require a permit or not:
Animal noise is considered excessive if:
(i) it is made or can be heard within a residential area for more than a total of 6 minutes whether continually or intermittently in an hour from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm on any day; and
(ii) in the opinion of an authorised person it unreasonably disrupts or inhibits an actively ordinarily carried out on residential premises
Animal noise is considered excessive if:
(i) it is made or can be heard in a residential area for more than a total of 3 minutes whether continually or intermittently in any 30 minute period on any day after 10.00 pm but before 7.00 am; and
(ii) in the opinion of an authorised person it unreasonably disrupts or inhibits an activity ordinarily carried out on residential premises
Dog owners do not require a permit to keep up to 2 dogs or up to 4 dogs on land 2,000m². If you wish to keep more than 2 dogs on land less than 2,000m² or more than 4 dogs, you must apply to Ipswich City Council for a permit.
Council does not issue Standard Permits for keeping dogs.
Council issues Non-Standard Permits to residents in the following circumstances:
Domestic Dog Permit
Issued to keep 3 or 4 dogs on land less than 2,000m²
Note: If you wish to receive a map outlining the neighbours you need to notify, please contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.
Commercial Kennel Licence
Issued for Boarding, breeding, selling.
Guard Dog Permit
Issued to keep guard dogs for guarding or security purposes
Note: All dogs must be registered. Registration fees are separate to permit fees. Permit application fees must be paid at time of lodgement. These fees are non-refundable.
Note: A kennel is defined as 'Intensive Animal Husbandry' under the Ipswich Planning Scheme 2006. Such uses may require planning approval from Council. It is recommended before you apply for a permit, you contact Council's Planning and Development Department on (07) 3810 6666 for further information.
If you require any further information about keeping dogs in Ipswich, please contact Council during business hours on (07) 3810 6666.
Responsible dog owners ensure their dogs are exercised well. Exercise can range from playing ball in the backyard, to walking and running in public. When in public, it's very important to keep your dog under control, including exercising your dog in a leash-free area.
Council currently operates the following leash-free areas for dogs:
Dogs must be on a leash until they are inside the boundary of the leash-free area. When in the leash-free area, the dog must still be under verbal control of the owner. This means that the dog will respond immediately to the owner's command. The owner should be able to stop the dog from rushing up to people and other dogs and must hold the leash in case it is required for control. Obedience training can help you and your dog achieve this level of control. If you know your dog may be aggressive toward other dogs and/or people, be responsible and do not take your dog into a leash-free area when in use by other dog owners and their dogs.
Council is happy for you to take your dog out in public for exercise, however other City residents should not have to deal with your dog's droppings on their front lawns, footpaths and in other public areas. Council's Local Laws state that you must dispose of your dog's droppings and you must carry with you a scoop and/or some plastic bags to ensure droppings are collected. Specific devices for this purpose can be purchased from pet shops.
Animal owners are required to clean up after their pets be they a dog or horse (or anything in between). It is a breach of the Local Laws to not clean up manure or faeces left by your animal in a public place with on-the-spot fines for this offence.
If you encounter a nuisance dog from a neighbouring property, the first step could be to discuss the issue with your neighbour. Sometimes the issue of nuisance dogs can be resolved by speaking to the dog owner first, without the need to involve Council. Once a person is made aware that an issue is causing a nuisance to their neighbours, most of the time, they will take steps to fix the problem. Council strongly encourages the community to discuss these issues with their neighbours.
The Queensland Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General has information about Queensland neighbourhood disputes, which provides advice on how to approach your neighbour to discuss a concern and tips on setting up mediation.
If neighbourhood disputes cannot be resolved, you may wish to take advantage of the Government's free Mediation Services. If so, please contact the Dispute Resolution Branch on (07) 3239 6007 or 1800 017 288 (toll free), or by post to:
Dispute Resolution Branch
GPO Box 149
BRISBANE QLD 4001
For more information on this service please visit the Queensland Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General website.
Alternatively should you wish to make a request for a Council Officer to investigate a nuisance dog, please click here to report it online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with necessary information including details of the nuisance, (roaming, barking or aggressive dog), location, breed of dog (if known), etc.
If you encounter an injured dog, it is recommended you contact the RSPCA on (07) 3426 9955 or take it to a veterinarian. If the dog is deceased, contact Ipswich Waste on (07) 3810 6666 for collection.
Legislation changes come into effect on 26 May 2017 requiring all persons giving away, supplying, selling or advertising dogs or puppies to have a unique identifying number (a Supply Number) that identifies the registered Breeder of that dog. The new laws apply only to dogs born on or after 26 May 2017, dogs born before this date are not impacted.
Please note that the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is the governing body for this law and manage all registration and complaints. For further details or to register go to: https://qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.