There is no doubt dogs and cats make wonderful companions and are highly valued as family pets. Ipswich City Council has over 30,000 dog registrations - a figure which indicates the popularity of dog ownership within our city. Through permits, local laws and animal programs, Council assists owners to understand canine behaviour and protect and enjoy their animal, while minimising any disruption to the community and 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.