Dog Off-Leash Areas in Parks policy - draft

Council has endorsed the public exhibition of the draft Dog Off-Leash Areas in Parks policy.



About the policy

The purpose of the Policy is to identify appropriate dog off-leash areas in parks so that public spaces can be enjoyed by all members of the community and natural areas are protected.

Council is responsible for the management of all activities within parks, reserves, sporting grounds and public open space. There is an ongoing high demand for open space resources within the Inner West, particularly with increasing densities. Council must actively manage access to the parks.

Many Inner West residents own dogs

Council has endorsed the public exhibition of the draft Dog Off-Leash Areas in Parks policy.



About the policy

The purpose of the Policy is to identify appropriate dog off-leash areas in parks so that public spaces can be enjoyed by all members of the community and natural areas are protected.

Council is responsible for the management of all activities within parks, reserves, sporting grounds and public open space. There is an ongoing high demand for open space resources within the Inner West, particularly with increasing densities. Council must actively manage access to the parks.

Many Inner West residents own dogs and wish to walk and exercise them in public spaces and public parks.

Council encourages the appropriate use of public spaces for dog walking as it helps contribute to the health, wellbeing and liveability of the Inner West. It is Council’s objective to ensure that dog walking in public spaces is suitable and managed in a manner which is safe and appropriate to the local natural environment and surrounding community.


More Information

Read the draft Dog Off-Leash Areas in Parks policy

The draft policy refers to the Companion Animal Action Plan, this document is being developed and will be available soon. It will posted on this project page when it becomes available.

Have your say

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft Dog Off-Leash Areas in Parks policy.

Last day to provide feedback is 2 October 2019


What happens next?

The feedback received will be incorporated into the final policy which will be considered by Council for adoption. All those who provided feedback will be advised when the policy will be considered by Council.


Keep informed

Do you want to know when the Companion Animal Action Plan becomes available? Register at Your Say Inner West and we will notify you.