Dog friendly Byron Shire

Dogs in public spaces

People and dogs can coexist in our community, but only through proactive and responsible dog ownership.

We have heard from our community, throughout our strategic plan engagement process, that dogs in public spaces are an area of key interest to many in the Shire. From requests for more off leash exercise areas to requests for action on noisy and uncontrolled dogs – it is clear our community wants a balanced approach to the management of dogs in our public spaces.

In response, Byron Shire Council is now embarking (woof!) on the development of a shire wide Dogs in Public Spaces Strategy. To kick this off, we’ve erected new signage at the entrances of our off leash beaches to help better inform our community where our active spaces are for dogs. The strategy will involve a comprehensive review of our current off leash areas and how we manage them. There will be plenty of opportunities for the community to have their say throughout this process. 


There are a number of ways you can be a responsible dog owner. Some of the most important include:

- ensuring your dog is micro chipped, vaccinated and registered with Byron Shire Council

- always carrying a lead when in public spaces with your dog

- effectively communicating with others in the vicinity of you and your dog

-consider using a Friendly Dog Collar

Click here for more information about responsible dog ownership

Before approaching a dog, make sure you are aware of the following canine communication signals.

Fear v Relaxed


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Smiling v Waning

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We are running education programs in schools distributing more information about canine communication. If you'd like to find out more please email

The development of the Dogs in Public Spaces Strategy is in response to community feedback we received throughout our Community Strategic Plan Engagement process.

Council has endorsed the development of the strategy.

A dog that is in a public place must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate cord or leash.

Penalty $220.


You can register your dog or any pet online at the link below.

Register my pet