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Dogs in public areas

Dogs On-Leash Parks and Dogs Off-Leash Parks

The ownership of a dog is an important life-style decision for many people and exercising them is regularly is essential for their health and wellbeing.

Dogs On-Leash Parks

All commercial business districts (CBD) in Copper Coast areas
Dogs must be on-leash from 8.00am to 8.00pm.  Outside these times, dogs can be off-leash.
Victoria Square, Kadina
Dogs must be on-leash at all times
Queen Square, Moonta
Dogs must be on-leash at all times
John Terrace, Wallaroo
Dogs must be on-leash at all times
All sporting grounds in Copper Coast
Dogs must be on-leash when there are sporting/community events taking place.
Any reserve on which a children’s playground is located
Dogs must be on-leash at all times

Dogs Off-Leash Parks

Council is currently working with local Service Clubs investigating options to establish Dog Parks within the Copper Coast to give people a choice to walk in area where dog owners can exercise their dogs off-leash.

All community business districts (CBD) in Copper Coast areas
Dogs may be off-leash from 8.00pm to 8.00am.  Outside these times, dogs must be on-leash.
All sporting grounds in Copper Coast
Dogs may be off-leash when there are no sporting events taking place.
Kadina Dog Park (Adjacent Apex Club Rooms)Dogs may be off-leash at all times if under effective control.

Dog Prohibited Parks

All actual playground areas within any reserve in the Copper CoastProhibited as per Council By-Law No 5

Do I have to have my dog on a leash?

As per the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, you are required to have your dog on a leash of no more than two (2) metres

  • in length in all public places
  • in private places where you do not have the consent of the occupier to have your dog off-leash.

Dogs must be on leash when walking in along all public roads and footpaths unless otherwise signposted.

What is effective control of your dog?

Effective Control 'On-Leash'

In all public places and where legislation and/or by-laws require a dog to be on on-leash, a dog is still required to be under the effective control of a person. In these situations 'exercising effective control' is by means of voice command and physical control.  The physical control of the dog must be by means of a chain, cord or leash that is no longer than 2m in length. In these situations, 'exercising effective control' requires the person restraining the dog to be physically able to control the behaviour of the dog.

Effective Control 'Off-Leash'

Effective control of a dog that is 'off-leash' means that the owner/person responsible for the dog can voice control their dog in a manner that ensures the dog will obey. The dog needs to remain in close proximity and in sight of the owner/person responsible, at all times. When the dog is called (first call, not repetitively), the dog should immediately respond and return to its owner/person responsible. The owner/person responsible should be able to display control over the dog with verbal commands only (not physically holding the dog).

Dogs that are not on a leash in an on-leash area; or are not under effective control; are considered to be wandering at large and could be seized or issued with an expiation notice by an authorised person of Council or the Dog and Cat Management Board.

Dogs On The Beach