Dog and cat fines

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Dog and Kitten in Grass

If your dog or cat is found straying, unregistered, out of control or being a nuisance in public, you may be issued with a fine. You have 28 days to pay that infringement notice or to take other action.

Offences and associated fines

  • Dog wandering or not securely confined to owner's premises during day $238
  • Dog wandering or not securely confined to owner's premises at night $317
  • Dog rushing or chasing a person $159
  • Non Serious injury caused by dog attack $396
  • Cat not confined to owner's premises from sunset to sunrise $159
  • Failure to apply to register a dog or cat $317
  • Registered dog or cat not wearing its Council ID marker outside owners premises $79
  • Dog or cat creating a nuisance $79
  • Dog not under effective control $159
  • Failure by a person in control of a dog, to carry a bag or means to pick up excrement deposited by their dog in a public place $100
  • Failure to pick up and properly dispose of your animal’s excrement in a public place $100 

What to do when you receive an infringement notice

Options available to you include:

  • Pay the total amount by the due date
  • Request an internal review of the infringement
  • Request to have the matter determined in the Magistrates Court

Failure to pay a fine

If you fail to pay your infringement or to contact us within 28 days we will send you a reminder notice and an additional charge will be added to the infringement.

Contesting an animal fine

If you believe that you have a good reason for not paying the fine you may apply for an internal review by:

Reasons that are not valid for appeal

The following reasons will not be accepted as valid for appeal of an animal fine:

  • Forgot to register my cat or dog
  • Didn't realise I had to register my cat or dog
  • Thought if my cat or dog was microchipped, it was registered
  • Somebody let my dog out of the yard
  • Didn't realise there was a cat curfew
  • Didn't realise there were areas where dogs were required to be on a lead
  • Was unaware that I had to carry a bag to pick up and remove my dogs droppings in any public place

Contact us

For more information about paying or contesting a fine please contact us on 03 5434 6000.



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Please note that requests logged online after 5pm Friday December 21, 2018 may not be acted on until our offices re-open on Wednesday January 2, 2019. For urgent assistance please phone 5434 6000.  

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