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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.

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

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

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)