Up to two dogs may be kept on a standard property and up to four dogs may be kept on a property 2,000m² or more without the need for a permit. If you wish to keep dogs beyond these conditions, you must apply for non-standard dog approval.

As a dog owner in Ipswich you need to:

  • Register and microchip your dog
  • Confine your dog to the property at all times
  • Keep your dog on a leash in public
  • Clean up after your dog when out in public
  • Desex your dog if you do not intend to breed.

Check out our series of responsible dog owner videos:


Registration helps lost pets be reunited with their owners. All dogs over the age of 12 weeks must be registered with council and issued a registration tag.

For all information relating to dog registration, including registering your dog, discounts and change of details, see Dog Registration.

Microchipping and desexing

Why should you microchip your dog?

  • All dogs must be microchipped before they are sold or given away, regardless of their age.
  • If your dog gets lost, details from the microchip can be used to reunite you faster. The Animal Management Centre has a microchip scanner and whenever possible will scan all impounded dogs for microchips to obtain owner identification.
  • Should your pet should get lost and be taken to the Animal Management Centre, it will be released for free, once only, if it is wearing its current registration tag, is desexed and microchipped with up to date, contactable owner details.
  • A microchip provides a permanent form of ID for your pet. Microchips cannot be removed or fall off like the traditional collar and ID tag.
  • Microchipping (for cats and dogs over 12 weeks) is a state government requirement. Penalties can apply for non-compliance.

How to microchip your dog

  • At the current time, Ipswich City Council does not microchip at outside scheduled events.
  • We are working with the RSPCA to look at other options to provide this service. Contact your local veterinary clinic to organise microchipping for your dog.


  • Whether you have a male or female dog, you should have it desexed if you do not intend breeding.
  • Desexed dogs are less likely to develop cancers, roam, participate in fights and be aggressive.
  • By desexing your dog you will also help to prevent the deaths of thousands of unwanted dogs who cannot find homes.
  • Ipswich City Council does not provide a desexing service for dogs - however, if you provide proof that your dog is desexed you will be eligible for discounted dog registration.

Keeping your pet in your yard

  • If your dog or cat gets out of your yard they are at significant risk of being injured, stolen or getting into fights with other animals, as well as becoming a nuisance to others and presenting a threat to community safety.
  • It is also a legal requirement to keep your pets securely in your yard – dogs and cats are not allowed to roam.
  • Fencing and/or enclosures must be suitable to keep your dog from escaping your property - browse through our step-by-step DIY tutorials and videos to learn practical, simple and affordable ways to build solutions that will keep your pet happily in your yard and give you maximum peace of mind.

Caring for your pet in an emergency

Dog permits

You can keep up to two dogs on your property (less than 2,000m2) or four dogs (more than 2,000m2) without needing a permit. A puppy is considered a dog at three months of age.

Standard permit

  • Standard permits do not apply to keeping dogs

Non-standard permit

  • Keeping 3 or 4 dogs on land less than 2,000m2
  • Keeping 5 or more dogs
  • Keeping dogs for guarding or security purposes
  • Kennel licence – keeping up to four non-desexed dogs for breeding and/or sale

Permit applications

For more information on operating a kennel, visit Kennel, Cattery and Stable Licences.

Dogs prohibited in conservation areas

Local Laws have changed

Under Ipswich City Council's Subordinate Local Law No. 6.1 (Animal Management) 2013 part 4 section 11, dogs are prohibited at highly valued conservation areas including the following:

  • Flinders – Goolman Conservation Estate
  • White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate
  • Mt Grandchester Conservation Estate
  • Purga Nature Reserve
  • Kholo Enviroplan reserve
  • Sapling Pocket
  • Stirling Road Reserve; and
  • Kholo Gardens


Dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted onto some areas of public land.  For the following reasons, dogs are prohibited from these highly valued conservation areas:

  • High conservation values: These areas are sanctuaries and as such are reserved and managed primarily for the protection of native plants and animals.  They are vitally important for the survival of many threatened species, including Ipswich's faunal emblem the brush-tailed rock wallaby.
  • Native animal protection: Even well behaved or obedient dogs affect the behaviour of many kinds of wildlife. The presence of dogs, their scent, and barking raises the stress levels of native animals,. While some wildlife may move away from the area (reducing their habitat), others suffer lowered immunity from stress increasing their susceptibility to disease and parasites and disrupting their feeding, breeding and resting routines.
  • Native animal threat: Not all dogs are obedient or well behaved. Native animals are killed, injured and threatened by dogs. Barking and scents left by dogs attract other predatory animals.
  • Visitor experiences: Many people go to these areas to enjoy the natural setting and see native wildlife in their natural habitat. As the presence of dogs deters wildlife, the nature experience of other users is diminished. Dogs can be a nuisance to other people in picnic and camping areas and along walking tracks - particularly in conflict with horse-riders and mountain bikers.
  • Pest animal management programs: The presence of domestic dogs impacts Council’s ability to manage an effective feral animal control program. This increases the threat to both native animals and their habitat by introduced pests such as feral pigs and dogs.
  • Safety of dogs: Contact with wildlife can kill or injure dogs. Commonly seen residents such as kangaroos, lace monitors and snakes, if attacked or threatened, are able to severely injure or kill a dog. A dogs’ natural predator instincts make this a possibility.  Paralysis ticks are also very common in the undergrowth.
  • Exemption: Certified Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs under the control of a handler with the correct identification are exempt from this restriction under the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009. Service dogs are exempt under section 284 of the Corrective Services Act 2009.

Where can you enjoy outdoor time with your dog?

Dogs are allowed in most other parks and public places within Ipswich, including smaller local bushland reserves, as long as they are on a leash. Council also provides a number of off-leash dog parks and some reserves, so you can also let your pooch run free.

On-leash parks and reserves

To enjoy the great outdoors with your dog why not visit the following places with your dog on a leash:

Off-leash parks and reserves

Council provides a number of dedicated dog off-leash parks: