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:
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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.
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.
For more information on operating a kennel, visit Kennel, Cattery and Stable Licences.
Under Ipswich City Council's Subordinate Local Law No. 6.1 (Animal Management) 2013 part 4 section 11, dogs are now prohibited at highly valued conservation areas including the following:
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:
The new local laws (Subordinate Local Law No. 6.1 (Animal Management) 2013 part 4 section 11) are effective as of 1 November 2019. There will be an education and awareness period until 31 December 2019. As of 1 January 2020 penalties will apply for people with dogs within the specified areas.
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.
To enjoy the great outdoors with your dog why not visit the following places with your dog on a leash:
Council provides a number of dedicated dog off-leash parks:
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