Guard dogs

guard dog

The keeping of a guard dog no longer requires a permit, however, the keeper must comply with the minimum standards outlined in the Animals Local Law 2017.

Under the local law:

  • a guard dog must be kept in an enclosure which is adequate to prevent the dog from escaping
  • a warning sign must be displayed at all times at each entrance to the premises where a guard dog is kept or used, with the words 'BEWARE – DANGEROUS GUARD DOG' and a 24-hour contact number in readily legible lettering that is not less than 50mm in height
  • a guard dog must be kept under effective control at all times when the premises are open to access by the public.
Last updated:9 May 2019