Ipswich City Council

Dogs

Keeping Dogs in Ipswich

There is no doubt dogs make wonderful companions and are highly valued as family pets.  Ipswich City Council has over 30,000 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 contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 and an Animal Management Officer will investigate your concerns. 

Number of Dogs Allowed

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 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.

Visiting Dogs

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:

  • Name of the person who will be keeping the dog
  • Address of where the dog will be staying
  • Details of dog (name, breed, age, colour, etc)
  • Owner's name
  • Address where dog is coming from
  • Is the dog registered at this address, currently registered in another Council within Australia or not required to be registered (eg disability assistance)
  • Dates (when the dog is due to arrive and leave)

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.

Permits & Local Laws

Local Laws

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:

  • The animal is adequately identified so that the keeper's name, address and telephone number is readily ascertainableAn adequate supply of food and water must be provided
  • An adequate supply of food and water is provided
  • Water containers are kept free from mosquitoes and flies
  • All faeces, urine, food scrapes, and other waste are disposed of so as not to cause nuisance
  • Animals are kept in a manner so as not to be injurious to the health of a person
  • Animals are kept in a manner so as not to cause a nuisance including to the occupiers of adjoining premises or premises in the immediate vicinity of the place where the animal is kept
  • All feed is kept in a vermin and fly proof container or facility
  • The animal has adequate freedom to exercise having due regard to the species, breed, size and nature of the animal
  • The animals is vaccinated and inoculated having regard to the age of the animal
  • Any animals offered for sale or given away are vaccinated and inoculated as appropriate having regard to the age of the animal
  • Any animal suffering from a transmissible or communicable disease is prevented from interacting with other vector animal
  • An animal does not create excessive noise
  1. 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

    or

  2. 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

    • The animal is provided with a suitable shelter from the elements having regards to the breed, size and nature of the animals;
    • Any shelter is:
      • constructed and maintained so as to prevent the harbourage of vermin; an
      • maintained and kept at all times in a clean and sanitary condition.
    There are also further responsibilties under the State Government's Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008:
    • All dogs must be registered with Ipswich City Council
    • Owners must ensure any dog is microchipped before they are sold or given away
    • Adequate fencing or an enclosure must be provided to confine your dog to your property at all times, or to be able to demonstrate to a Council Officer how the cat is confined in the absence of enclosure or appropriate fencing

Permits

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:

 

Non-Standard Permits

Name

Description

Conditions

Domestic Dog Permit

Issued to keep 3 or 4 dogs on land less than 2,000m²

  • Must comply with the minimum standards mentioned above
  • Have any dog/s been declared dangerous (If YES, please attach details)
  • I have notified all my neighbours within 100 metres, 3 weeks prior to lodging my application (Permit can not be approved without notification)

Note: If you wish to receive a map outlining the neighbours you need to notify, please contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Five Plus Dog Permit

Issued to keep 5 or more dogs

Commercial Kennel Licence

Issued for Boarding, breeding, selling.

  • Must comply with the minimum standards mentioned above
  • All necessary approvals must be obtained from Council
  • All pet food to be stored in vermin proof containers
  • Full details must be kept of methods of disposal of dogs including sale and "give aways". The information will include a copy of the vaccination certificate and new owners name and address
  • Records must be kept of all dogs kept at the premises or sold or given away from the premises; such records must include a copy of the vaccination certificate, microchipping information (all animals must be microchipped at point of sale or "give away") and new owners name and address
  • Any dog that is found to be suffering from a transmissible or communicable disease must be placed in isolation. The holder of the licence must have facilities to effectively isolate diseased dogs when necessary
  • No dog is to be kept at the premises, sold, or given away from the premises unless vaccinated appropriate to the age of the animal
  • All waste and refuse generated from the keeping of dogs under this licence must be disposed of in a manner so as not to cause a nuisance
  • All cages or enclosures to be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected on a daily basis to avoid the spread of disease
  • The provision of adequate enclosures to prevent the egress of housed dogs and the ingress of other dogs
  • All dogs must be kept in a manner so as not to cause a nuisance
  • All dogs to be confined to the premises at all times
  • The maximum number of dogs to be kept on the premises shall be determined by Council giving regards to all relevant circumstances

Guard Dog Permit

Issued to keep guard dogs for guarding or security purposes

  • Must comply with the minimum standards mentioned above
  • Have any dog/s been declared dangerous (If YES, please attach details)
  • The permit holder must take all reasonable measures to prevent the dog/s harming the public and/or animals
  • Appropriate warning signs must be displayed adjacent to each entrance on the property and display a 24 hour contact number
  • No more than two guard dogs must be kept on the premises at any one time
  • The guard dog/s must wear a current registration tag at all times
  • The guard dog/s must be kept behind a secure fence or enclosure which is adequate to prevent any part of the dog from leaving the confined area and prevent the dog from escaping
  • The guard dog/s must be fitted with a microchip
  • The guard dog/s must wear a suitable collar at all times
  • Other conditions may apply upon assessment
 

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.

 Dogs - Permit Application Kit Dogs - Permit Application Kit (PDF, 299 kb)


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.

Dogs in Public Places

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.

Leash Control

  • When taking your dog for a walk anywhere in public, your dog must be on a leash
  • The leash should be in good condition, under two (2) metres in length and of a suitable strength
  • The leash must be held securely by a responsible person
  • When on the leash, you should be able to stop your dog from pulling the leash out of your hands and from rushing up to other people and other dogs
  • Obedience training will assist you and your dog to achieve this level of control

Leash-free Areas

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.

Dog Droppings

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.

Nuisance Dogs

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 have developed a Neighbourhood Mediation Kit which provides advice on how to approach your neighbour to discuss a concern and tips on setting up mediation. 

If neighbourhood disputes can not be resolved you may wish to take advantage of the Governments free Mediation Services.  If so please contact the Dispute Resolution Branch on 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 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.

Injured Dogs

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.

Further Information

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