Everyone who is a dog owner has a responsibility to ensure his or her dog is well looked after.  Being a responsible owner means making sure your dog is registered, trained and well cared for.  It's also important for dog owners to respect other people in the community. You can do this by keeping your dog adequately confined on your property, on a leash in public places, preventing aggressive behaviour and controlling excessive barking. 

The Dog Act 1976 addresses the control and registration of dogs, the ownership and keeping of dogs, and the obligations and rights of dog owners and others.  

The Town of Cambridge Animals Local Law 2016(PDF, 327KB) contains requirements and responsibilities for the keeping of dogs in the Town.


In accordance with the Dog Act 1976, it is a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of three months to be registered. 

  • To register your dog, you must provide proof your dog is micro-chipped.
  • If you dog is sterilised, registration will be at a reduced rate.  To qualify you must provide proof your dog is sterilised.
  • Registrations fall due on 31 October each year.

Apply to Register your Dog(PDF, 98KB)


When you register you dog you will be issued with an ID tag displaying your name, address and contact number.  It ID tag must be kept on your dog at all times.

Registration Fees
 Standard Fees 1 Year 3 Years Lifetime
Unsterilised male or female dog $50  $120 $250
Sterilised male or female dog  $20 $42.50   $100
Pensioner Fees* 1 Year   3 Years  Lifetime
Unsterilised male or female dog $25   $60  $125
Sterilised male or female dog $10   $21.25  $50

* Pensioner 50% discount applies to holders of a current Pensioner Concession Card or Seniors Card.


In accordance with the Dog Act 1976, it is a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of three months be micro-chipped .

A veterinarian (vet), vet nurse or suitably qualified person from a registered training provider is able to implant a microchip in your dog.

To register your dog you must provide proof of micro-chipping.  You can prove you dog is micro-chipped by providing:


Unless you are a dog breeder there are benefits to having your dog sterilised.

  • Reduced registration fees
  • Reduction in unwanted litters
  • Less chance your dog will run away
  • Could calm your dog's temperament

For a reduced registration fee, proof of sterilisation is required.  You can prove your dog is sterilised by providing:

6.Keeping more than two dogs

Approval is required to keep more than two dogs on a property in the Town, and approval is subject to an inspection of the property to determine its suitability to house more than two dogs.

Apply to Keep more than two Dogs(PDF, 68KB)

7.Exercising your dog

There are numerous areas throughout the Town where you can exercise your dog on or off leash.

Find a dog exercise area

8.Controlling your dog

In accordance with the Dog Act 1976, dog owners are responsible for controlling their dog.

The Town of Cambridge Animals Local Law 2016(PDF, 327KB) also contains enforceable requirements for the control of the dogs in the Town.

Infringements may be issued for breaches to the Dog Act 1976 and Animals Local Law 2016 .

 Offences and penalties
Dog off-leash in non-prescribed dog exercise area  $200 
Unregistered dog $200 
Failure to pick up dog faeces in a public place  $100 
Fence not able to contain a dog  $100 
 Dog in public place not wearing a collar or registration tag $200 

9.Appeal an Infringement 

If you are issued with an infringement and you would like to appeal, you can do so online or via an Animal Infringement Appeal Form.

Appeal Dog Infringement

10.Barking Dogs

Dogs bark for reasons such as breeding, inappropriate confinement, passing distractions, isolation, guarding, anxiety, discomfort and attention seeking. Dogs that bark excessively usually do so when their owners are not home.

In accordance with Section 38 of the Dog Act 1976 owners are responsible for disturbances caused by their dog’s excessive barking.

Tips to stop your dog barking: 

  • Don’t let your dog inside or give it attention when it barks. Instead, give it attention when it’s quiet.
  • If your dog is barking at people or noises on the other side of a fence, move it to another part of the yard, or put up a barrier to keep the dog away from that area.
  • A radio playing softly may help block noises your dog is barking at.
  • If your dog barks at regular disturbances such as children walking to school or rubbish trucks, keep it inside or in an enclosed area at these times.
  • Make sure your dog has adequate exercise and obedience training.
  • Make sure it has food, water and shelter from the weather.
  • If the dog is barking at gaps and cracks in the fence, fill in the gaps.
  • If it is barking at passers-by, try blocking the dog’s view.
  • Teach the dog to stop barking on command.

For more advice and strategies on how to stop your dog barking, contact our Rangers on 9347 6000.

What to do if you're affected by a barking dog?

If you find your neighbour's dog is barking excessively, it's best to try and resolve the matter by talking to your neighbour first.  You can opt to do in person or by leaving a polite note in the letterbox indicating the days, times, duration and frequency of the problem.

If, after consulting with your neighbour, the barking persists you may choose to lodge a formal nuisance dog complaint.  If you do, your details will be kept confidential.

To report a nuisance dog, you must complete a Dog Nuisance Report(PDF, 20KB) .

The Town may take action against the dog owner when a formal complaint has been received, and when an authorised person is satisfied the dog is creating a nuisance as alleged in the complaint.  The complainant may be required to give evidence in a Magistrate's Court if prosecution occurs as a result of the complaint.