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.