Keep your dog under control
A dog that is in a public place must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate cord or leash.
Register your dog
Dogs are required to be registered after six months of age.
Microchipping (performed for a fee by your local vet) is a pre-requisite to registration and is required from 12 weeks of age, or at the time of sale if this occurs before 12 weeks of age.
To register your pet for the first time you will need the animal’s 15 digit microchip number as well as proof of microchipping and desexing. Proof of concession is also required if you wish to pay a reduced registration fee.
Register your pet online
Alternatively, animal registration applications and fees can be lodged at Council's offices at 33 Hyde Street, Bellingen.
All applications for registration are to be filled out in full and signed by the animal owner who must be over 18 years old.
Claim a concession
To claim a concession on your registration fee, you must have evidence of the following:
Desexing: A certificate of sterilisation from your vet.
Breeder membership: If the animal owner is a registered breeder, a copy of their membership from an approved organisation.
Assistance animal: If the animal is an assistance animal, evidence of assistance animal registration from an approved organisation.
Pension: If the animal owner is a pensioner, a current government pension card.
Pick up dog droppings
You should always carry bags with you to pick up your dog's droppings.
The owner of a dog that defecates in a public place must immediately remove the dog’s faeces and properly dispose of them.
Barking dogs can cause severe disturbances to local residents. Where Council receives multiple ongoing complaints about a barking dog the animal may be declared a nuisance.
Further barking events may result in a $220 penalty.
Dog owners are advised that any Penalty Infringement Notices issued by Council are processed and recovered by the NSW Police Service SEINS system.
Dealing with barking dogs
Significant fines may be imposed on an offending dog that commits any of the following offences :
- rushing at
- chasing any person or animal