Dogs and Cats

We will advise when Council is conducting the next Free Microschipping Days at your location.


Council understands barking dogs can be a noise nuisance.

Complaints about barking dogs are a difficult issue for Council to resolve, and are ranked as the number one complaint within Local Government. To assist residents with resolving complaints, Council has developed a Barking Dog Information Pack. The pack includes step-by-step advice on what to do if your neighbour’s dog is barking excessively.

Click here to download the information pack.

Responsible Pet Ownership

As a cat or dog owner, you have a responsibility to look after your cat or dog's basic welfare needs, including:

  • Provide your cat or dog with an appropriate balanced diet and clean, cool water at all times
  • Ensure that your cat or dog has adequate shelter suitable for all weather conditions
  • Ensure that your cat or dog is well socialised, trained and exercised


Microchipping & Registration

Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all cats and dogs are required to be microchipped and lifetime registered. This permanent identification and lifetime registration system, which came into effect on 1 July 1999, greatly assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners. It provides NSW Councils with a more effective means of keeping track of dogs and cats for the benefit of the wider community. For further details on microchipping and registration, including the registration of Assistance Animals, please click here.


Pick up after your pet

If your dog defecates in a public place or on someone else's property, you must remove the faeces immediately and dispose of them properly. If you fail to pick up after your dog, you or the person in charge of the dog at the time may be liable and may be issued a  penalty.

BAG IT ........ BIN IT!


Off Leash Areas

Off leash areas are located in Mudgee, Gulgong and Rylstone. Click here for further details.

You, or the person looking after your dog/s, should not be in control of more than 4 dogs at the same time and you, or the person looking after your dog/s, should be capable of controlling the dog/s at all times when in the off-leash area.

Please also ensure you pick up after your pet.


 Pets in public places

Your dog must be under the effective control of a competent person at all times when out in public. This means that it must be on a leash and under the control of someone capable of restraining it. A small child, for example, may not be able to control a large dog. Under these circumstances, an adult capable of restraining the dog, should walk the dog.

If you fail to comply with this requirement, you, or if you are not present, the person in control of your dog, if s/he is aged 16 or over, may be liable for a penalty.



Pets at home

You or the person in charge of the dog at the time, must take all reasonable precautions to prevent your dog from escaping from the property on which it is being kept.

You do not have to keep your cat indoors. However, you are encouraged to keep your cat indoors at night, as there are benefits to both the cat and the community. Yowling and fighting is more of a problem at night and the noise is likely to be intrusive and may keep your neighbours awake. Keeping your cat indoors at night is recommended in the interests of both your cat's safety and community harmony.