Draft Burnie Dog Management Policy

Published on 08 August 2019

Dog Management Policy

The Burnie City Council is currently remaking its Dog Management Policy. 

The Policy is a requirement under the Tasmanian Dog Control Act 2000.   

Purpose of the Policy is to state the Council’s approach to responsible dog management, and includes a declaration of the areas within the Burnie municipal area where dogs may exercise or where they are restricted or prohibited. 

Council first adopted a Dog Management Policy in 2004.  The Policy was reviewed in 2007, 2010, and 2014, with only minor changes 

The Dog Management Policy is again due for review in accordance with the requirements of the Act. 

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “More than 35% of households may own a dog as a pet, or as a companion, assistance or working dog. Dog ownership is therefore a significant part of the lifestyle choice for a large portion of the Burnie community.” 

“The Council’s Policy seeks to balance the benefits of dog ownership with the rights and expectations of the community to enjoy an environment free from exposure to likely risk of harm and nuisance caused by dogs.” 

“The draft Policy and intended declaration do not make any significant change to the Policy as it has operated over the last 15 years.”  Mayor Kons said. 

“We invite all interested persons to consider the draft Policy and to make written submissions on any matter by close of business on 6 September 2019”. 

Submissions are now closed.