Council adopted the new bylaw today, with new rules that will apply from 23 August.
The bylaw lists areas where dogs are prohibited, where they must be on a leash, and where they can be exercised without a leash. It also outlines the responsibilities of dog ownership, and Council’s powers to enforce the rules.
Following community consultation, a key change to the rules is a 12-month trial allowing leashed dogs in the central business district (CBD).
During public consultation, the CBD trial received nearly 800 reactions and more than 300 comments on the Council Facebook page. A separate survey received more than 300 responses from central city businesses.
The bylaw gives effect to Council’s Dog Control Policy, which was reviewed last year. After considering submissions on the proposed new rules for dog control, Council adopted a revised policy in June.
New signs and dog-poo bag dispensers will be installed in the CBD during the 12-month trial, and there will be a greater presence of Animal Control Officers in the CBD.