Animals and Pets


Dogs and cats make wonderful companions. They can give you joy, company, comfort and security.

Companion Animals Act

The Companion Animals Act 1998 was designed to benefit pets, their owners and the wider community. The Act covers all dogs and cats in NSW and provides guidelines for pet owners to follow, to ensure their pets are happy, healthy and not a problem to the community. All dogs and cats in NSW are to be microchipped by the age of 12 weeks and registered for life by 6 months.

Companion Animals Management Plan (CAMP)

The Companion Animals Management Plan was adopted by Council on 27 April 2016 and a copy can be downloaded below. Companion Animals Management Plan

Leash Free Areas for Companion Animals

  • Dorrigo – Polocrosse Fields in Ash Street
  • Bellingen – Jarrett Park west of Lavenders Bridge
  • Urunga – The beach south of the river mouth to the 4WD access point at ‘’Sand Mines’’

Maps of these leash-free areas are available online.

Owning a Pet

Responsibilities as a Pet Owner
Keeping Poultry

Registering your Companion Animal

How to Register your Pet