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A new law which protects pets, pet owners and other people applies in full from 1 July 1999. Contact the Council for details on how to register and microchip your pet for life.

Dog Owners

The Companion Animals Act 1998 replaces the Dog Act 1996. It contains new measures, including the microchipping and registration for life of dogs. Dog owners must microchip and register their pets. This means having your dog microchipped first, then registering your dog with your local council.

Looking after your Dog in Public

When away from your property, your dog must wear a collar and be micro chipped and registered and be controlled on a leash (except in council off-leash areas). Outside your property, you must pick up your dog's droppings. Council must provide bins in areas used for exercising dogs. Your dog must not enter eating areas, schools or childcare grounds, wildlife protection areas or within 10 metres of children's playground equipment. The rules in the Companion Animal Act are important for pets, pet owners and other people. Dog and cat owners who ignore the rules face strong penalties, including fines and court action.

Dog in the Pound

If your dog is found unleashed in a public place, it can be seized by council officers and put in the pound. You have 14 days (for a registered dog) or 7 days (for unregistered dogs) to claim your pet from the pound. Dogs which are chipped will be scanned and their owners notified. All unclaimed animals are put up for adoption or rehomed through a register rehoming organisation.

Nuisance Dogs

Your local council can issue a Nuisance Order if your dog repeatedly barks, damages other people's property or chases people, animals or vehicles. If you don't stop your dog doing these things you can be fined.

Restricted Dog Breeds

Four breeds of dogs are subject to import restrictions by the Federal Government. They are the American Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosas, Argentinian Fighting Dogs and the Brazilian Fighting Dog.


Dog Attacks

Depending on the severity of an attack and other factors in an investigation, Council may take one of the following actions against the owner of a dog:
  • Menacing dog declaration
A menacing dog declaration may be placed on a dog that has; displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal or without provocation, has attacked a person or animal but without causing serious injury or death. This gives Council the opportunity to place control requirements on your dog even if they have not caused injury to a person or animal.
  • Dangerous dog declaration
A dangerous dog declaration may be placed on a dog that has; without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal or repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal. A dangerous dog declaration comes with a number of control requirements that you must follow. This includes a dangerous dog enclosure that needs to comply with Companion Animal regulations which could cost you upwards of $10,000 to install new. You are also subject to paying an annual permit fee of $195 for owning a dangerous dog.
  • Penalty infringement notices
You may be subject to a penalty infringement notice in relation to an attack. The current minimum penalty if your dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused to the person or animal is $1320. The maximum penalty is $22,000. You also may receive an infringement if your dog is in a public place and not under effective control ($330), your dog is not registered ($330) and a number of other offences. These infringements will cost you more if your dog is declared dangerous or menacing. Failure to pay infringement notices could result in enforcement actions from Revenue NSW such as driving restrictions (drivers licence suspension, vehicle registration cancellation or restrictions from conducting business with Transport for NSW) or even deductions from your wages or bank account.
An infringement may be issued to the owner or the person (over the age of 16 years) in charge of the dog at the time of the incident. If the dog is uncontrolled in a public place and no one is in charge of it, the owner will receive the infringement.


Cat Owners

Cats and cat owners have important new protections and responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act. For the first time, new cats will have to be microchipped and lifetime registered. Owners of new cats must microchip and register their pets. This means having your cat microchipped first, then registering your cat with your local council.

Existing cats which stay with their current owner do not have to be registered. But all cat owners should identify their cats, either through microchipping or by using collar and tag. This will help protect their cat if it is lost, hurt or stolen. While cat attacks are not as big a problem as dog attacks, cats can kill or injure birds and other animals.

Local councils can seize cats which attack. Pounds will keep a registered cat for 14 days and an unregistered cat for 7 days. Chipped cats will be scanned at the pound and the owners notified.

All unclaimed animals are put up for adoption or rehomed through a register rehoming organisation

Nuisance Cats

Your local council can issue a nuisance order if your cat repeatedly makes noise or damages property. If you do not stop your cat doing these things, you can be fined.


Roosters are an integral part of most flocks of chickens, and some people find their vocalisations charming and enjoyable, while others disagree. 

Keeping roosters in an urban environment is not recommended as they can cause neighbourhood conflict and create offensive noise which can be considered noise pollution requiring enforcement by Council Rangers. 

There are a number of ways you can reduce the amount of time a rooster spends crowing, which ought to keep the neighbours and any light sleepers in your house satisfied. 
Be aware that it's pretty much impossible to get a rooster to stop crowing altogether; the most you (and any complainers) can hope for is making your rooster less bothersome (rather than altogether quiet). 

Step 1 - Get him some girlfriends 
Some roosters vocalize because they aren't satisfied with the size of their flock. If you give him a few more hens to boss around, a rooster may calm down, and spend more time directing the ladies, and less time trolling for more. It's also important to let your rooster mingle freely with the hens; if separated, he may start to crow even more. 

Step 2 - Look out for rivals 
If you have multiple roosters, keep them well apart, and if your neighbours have a rooster, consider setting up designated areas for each rooster and his flock to reduce conflict. 

Step 3 - Confuse your rooster 
Roosters have a very finely tuned internal clock, and they crow as they sense daylight approaching. If you're so inclined, you can actually track your rooster's crowing through the year, and you will notice that the time of crowing shifts in response to seasonal changes. However, you can trick your rooster's internal clock with the use of an artificial light source and an enclosed chicken house. When you bring your chickens into your enclosed chicken house for the evening, use a light to extend the "daylight," tricking the chickens into thinking it's light when it is actually dark outside. Turn the light off before you go to bed. 
In the morning, the chickens will think it is earlier than it is because the chicken house is still dark. Therefore, your rooster may be confused enough to wait to crow until you let the chickens out. 

Step 4 - Feed him 
If you distract your rooster with foods that require some effort to eat, you may be able to get him to start crowing later in the day. Corncobs and puzzle cubes of food like those used to train dogs can be useful for this. Toss the food in at the end of the night, and consider hiding it under some straw so that it won't be found until the rooster starts stirring. If you're lucky, your rooster will be diverted by the food. 

Step 5 - Enrich his environment 
Contrary to popular belief, chickens are actually quite intelligent animals, and they can get bored, just like everyone else. Your rooster may be crowing out of restlessness or boredom. Try mixing things up in the chicken coop with toys, new perches, and cubbyholes to explore, and move things around periodically so that the environment doesn't remain static. 
Your rooster may become so busy exploring the environment and checking for hazards to the flock that he will take a break from crowing. 

Keeping a rooster quiet can be a challenge, as some roosters simply have a need to crow, no matter what you do. However, these tips should make the task a little simpler, and they will also demonstrate a good faith effort on your part if the neighbours come around to complain. 

Keeping roosters in an urban environment is not recommended. 

If your rooster is causing neighbourhood conflict, you may find that reaching out to your neighbours resolves the issue, whether or not you can control your rooster. Offer them eggs or the loan of the flock for a few hours to get rid of garden pests, and be sure to be friendly with the neighbours to cultivate good relations.

If Council receives a complaint about offensive noise they may issue a Prevention Notice requiring you to reduce the noise or remove the rooster.

For further information please contact Compliance Officer's on 02 6849 2000

Click here to download the Controlling Roosters Brochure 

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2021