Enclosures and wandering animals

Animal owners must make sure their animals are kept in a place with adequate fencing that stops their animals from wandering.


You must keep you dog within your property boundary. Our local laws state that dog enclosures must:

  • allow for public access to the front door or utilities
  • be built of strong and firm fencing materials
  • stop the animal escaping over, under or through the barrier
  • be the correct height (you can put the enclosure within the property boundary if appropriate):
    • at least 1 metre high for dogs weighing less than 10 kg
    • at least 1.2 metres high for dogs weighing more than 10 kg
  • not be smaller than 10 square metres (excluding any area taken by a swimming pool)
  • meet the dog’s welfare requirements.

If your dog is subject to a control issue we may enforce up to 1.8 metre high fencing or improvements to your dog's enclosure.

Remember to close the gate so your dog doesn't get out!


Preventing cats from wandering is an important part of being a responsible animal owner.

Cats have a tendency to wander and this can cause nuisances like:

  • causing dogs to bark
  • fighting with other cats
  • unwanted litters
  • menacing or killing birds and native animals
  • sleeping on neighbours vehicles 
  • urinating and defecating.

Our local laws state that all cats must be de-sexed and kept within the property boundary. This means they need to stay inside the house, in a purpose-built cat enclosure or within your boundary fence.

Cat containment can be cheap and quick to achieve. For more information, please download Cat fencing and enclosure ideas booklet (PDF 2.45 MB).

Wandering animals

If your animal wanders outside of its enclosure, it’s in danger of getting lost, injured or killed, or of causing an accident.

If you see a wandering animal, please report it to our Animal Care Team who will patrol the area and collect the animal. Our team will keep them safe and help reunite it with its family.

To report a wandering animal, please call us immediately on 07 3412 3412.

Cat Traps

If you are experiencing issues with wandering cats, you can borrow a humane cat trap from us.

Traps are available free of charge for a period of 1 week (subject to availability). Humane cat traps are an effective way to trap troublesome cats. Council’s cat traps are safe for both humans and animals. They are pre-assembled and ready for immediate use.

For more information, please call us on 07 3412 3412.

Effective control of dogs

When you are walking your dog, you need to make sure your dog is safe by keeping it under effective control.

A dog is under effective control when:

  • it is inside or in an enclosure
  • held by a leash that is no longer than 2 metres in length at all times when you’re away from home, unless you are in an off-leash area
  • held by an owner or handler that is physically able to control the dog
  • held by a minor (under 18 years of age) that is accompanied by an adult
  • held by an owner or handler that does not have more two dogs at the same time
  • it is tethered to an object and under continuous supervision from its handler
  • it is restrained in a vehicle and it cannot get out or get any part of its body out of the vehicle
  • it is participating in training or obedience trials or being shown at an event under supervision of its owner (applicable to recognised organisations).

You are responsible for making sure your dog doesn’t become a nuisance or cause an injury to a person or another animal.

Effective control of cats

Cats must be kept inside your property boundary. 

If you are out and about with your cat you should make sure that your cat is harnessed or in a cat carrier.