Off leash areas

Dogs are only permitted to be “off-leash” in designated Council managed areas. They must  be under the control of a competent handler at all times.

Council promotes the benefits of pets and encourages responsible pet ownership through the provision of harmonious and equitable access to parks and open space for dogs and their owners.

  • Restricted breeds, or dogs declared dangerous or menacing are not permitted in off-leash areas;
  • All faeces must be picked up and disposed of;
  • All off-leash areas will be regularly patrolled and all regulations enforced.

On the spot penalties apply for non-compliance.

View the off leash and prohibited area guide (1.6 mb) or read about:

If your town isn’t listed here it means you can take your dog on the beach but it needs to be on a leash. And there are no specific prohibited areas in your town if it isn’t listed but the general prohibited areas list still applies.

Dog prohibited areas

Dogs are prohibited in the following places throughout the Shoalhaven (whether or not they are leashed or otherwise controlled):

  • Children’s play areas (meaning any public place, or part of a public place, that is within 10 metres of any playing apparatus provided in that public place or part for the use of children).

  • Food preparation/consumption areas (meaning any public place, or part of a public place, that is within 10 metres of any apparatus provided in that public place or part for the preparation of food for human consumption or for the consumption of food by humans).

  • Recreation areas where dogs are prohibited (meaning any public place, or part of a public place, provided or set apart by a local authority for public recreation or the playing of organised games and in which the local authority has ordered that dogs are prohibited and in which, or near the boundaries of which, there are conspicuously exhibited by the local authority at reasonable intervals notices to the effect that dogs are prohibited in or on that public place or part).

  • Public bathing areas where dogs are prohibited (meaning any public place or any part of a public place that is used for or in conjunction with public bathing or public recreation (including a beach), in which the local authority has ordered that dogs are prohibited and in which, or near the boundaries of which, there are conspicuously exhibited by the local authority at reasonable intervals notices to the effect that dogs are prohibited in or on that public place).

  • School grounds (meaning any property occupied or used for a purpose connected with the conduct of a government school or non- government school under the Education Act 1990, other than any property used for a residence or the curtilage of a residence).

  • Child care centres (meaning any property occupied or used for a purpose connected with the conduct of an approved education and care service within the meaning of the Children (Education and Care Services) National Law (NSW) or the Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Act 2011, other than any property used for a residence or the curtilage of a residence).

  • Shopping areas where dogs are prohibited (meaning a shopping arcade or shopping complex, including any part of it that is used by the public for parking or access to shops, in which or part of which the local authority has ordered that dogs are prohibited and in which, or near the boundaries of which, there are conspicuously exhibited by the local authority at reasonable intervals notices to the effect that dogs are prohibited there). This paragraph does not apply to any shop or part of a shop.

  • Wildlife protection areas (meaning any public place or any part of a public place set apart by the local authority for the protection of wildlife and in which the local authority has ordered that dogs are prohibited for the purposes of the protection of wildlife and in which, or near the boundaries of which, there are conspicuously exhibited by the local authority at reasonable intervals notices to the effect that dogs are prohibited in or on that public place).

Useful contacts


Animal Management Unit: all other companion animal issues (02) 4429 3433
Shoalhaven Animal Shelter and Pound Flatrock Rd West Nowra 2541 (02) 4429 3410
Visitors Centre: Nowra (02) 4421 0778 Ulladulla (02) 4444 8820

 

Animal Welfare League 0429 429 885 
RSPCA – 1300 CRUELTY (1300 2783589) or (02) 9770 7555 
Wildlife Rescue South Coast 0418 427 214

 

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(02) 4429 3111
council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
P.O. Box 42, Nowra NSW 2541 Australia
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