Dogs in public places

As a general guide dogs are not permitted in certain public places* unless the dog;

  • is held by a person capable of controlling the dog; or
  • securely tethered for a temporary purpose,

by means of a leash, chain, cord or harness of sufficient strength and no longer than 2m (Measured from the base of the dogs neck).

* Public places includes roads, road reserves, streets, laneways, malls etc. 

Dog exercise areas (general)

Dogs are however permitted off leash in the majority* of reserves managed by the City, unless otherwise signposted. These areas have been declared by Council as dog exercise areas.

In these areas dogs can be walked off leash, provided they are kept under effective control at all times.

Effective control means that the dog:

  • Is within a short distance from the person in control of the dog at all times
  • The person in control of the dog is carrying a leash, chain, cord or harness of sufficient strength and no longer than 2m (Measured from the base of the dogs neck)
  • Responds to commands and comes when called
  • Does not act in a threatening or aggressive manner to other people or animals
  • Does not cause damage to flora or fauna
  • Does not enter a lake or water channel
  • Does not cause a nuisance to other people

* Refer Fenced dog exercise areas and dog prohibited areas below

Fenced dog exercise areas

The following reserves have been classified as "fenced dog exercise areas":

Dogs are only permitted within the fenced areas.

Dog prohibited areas

Dogs are prohibited in the following areas:

These areas are also prohibited for dogs:

  • Playgrounds.
  • Any oval being used for sporting or other activities, as permitted by the City of Armadale, during the times of such use.
  • Any land or reserve which has signage stating no dogs.
  • Thoroughfares that are not public places or a public place which is a dog exercise area.
  • Any road reserve.
  • A car park.
  • Theatre or picture gardens.
  • All premises or vehicles classified as food premises or food vehicles.
  • Public Swimming pools.

Dog poo

If your dog poos on a street, park or reserve you must immediately remove and dispose of it appropriately.

Failure to clean up after your dog may result in a fine of $100 or a court imposed fine of up to $1000.

The City has waste bins and dog poo bags at many parks to assist dog owners cleaning up after their dogs.  

If your local park has run out of bags or you would like to request a bin, please contact us on 08 9394 5000 or 

More information and contacts

If you have any questions please contact us.

Page Last Reviewed 8 January 2024