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Dogs in Public Places

Dogs in public places are generally required to be on a leash and under the effective control of a competent person.

Animals must be kept under direct supervision and control, even when they are off their leash in leash-free areas.

Owners who fail to keep their dogs leashed in public places (leash-free areas excepted) or take their dogs into prohibited places can attract on-the-spot fines up to $880.

Where dogs are prohibited

  • Children's play apparatus
  • Playing fields (where signposted)
  • School grounds
  • Public food preparation areas
  • Public bathing areas (where signposted)
  • Shopping areas (where signposted)
  • Wildlife protection areas


Beaches where dogs are allowed on leads


Beaches and Reserves where dogs are allowed off leads


Animals must be kept under direct supervision and control even when not on a lead.


The below maps provide deatiled information about classification of the mentioned areas.



Picking up after your pet

Dog waste must be picked up in public areas. Animal faeces poses a potential threat to the community as well as an environmental hazard. Failure to pick up after your pet can also attract an on-the-spot fine of $275.

Biodegradable dog waste bags are now available for free at dispensers located at the following beaches and parks in Coffs Harbour. 

  • Arrawarra Beach
  • Mullawarra Beach
  • Mullaway Beach
  • Darkum Beach (via Darkum Headland Rd)
  • Hearns Lake Beach (main access point at Hearns Lake)
  • Emerald Beach (near leash-free area north of Fiddamans Creek)
  • Moonee Beach
  • Sapphire Beach
  • Korora Bay Beach
  • Thompsons Park (on Thompsons Rd)