Animal Management By-Law Review

Current status

The full process of by-law preparation and enactment can take between 18-24 months from initial consultation, drafting, publication through to enactment. City of Palmerston is committed to working in partnership with the community to make the new by-laws as efficient as possible. 

Consultation Outcomes

City of Palmerston is committed to providing quality animal management services to our community. A set of by-laws govern the way we manage animals in our municipality and a review is needed to improve our service delivery and meet the growing and changing needs of the Palmerston community.

City of Palmerston would like to thank the community for their responses within the first stage of the animal management by-law concept ideas. To review a snapshot of the engagement elements please download the Consultation Outcomes Flyer here.  

The Consultation was open from the Tuesday the 9th of March to Saturday the 8th of May, receiving a total of 299 responses. 

Consultation occurred at the below dates and times. 


Friday 26 March

Marlow Lagoon Dog Park 
Saturday 3 AprilGateway Shopping Centre 
Wednesday 7 AprilOasis Shopping Centre 
Thursday 15 AprilBakewell Dog Park 
Friday 23 AprilMarlow Lagoon Dog Park 
Saturday 1 MayBakewell Dog Park 

Further information

-    Animal Management By-Law Review Discussion Paper 
-    Animal Management By-Law Consultation Survey 
-    Animal Management Consultation Outcomes Report 
-    Animal Management Factsheet 

Q & A

When was the first City of Palmerston Animal Management by-laws created and why change it now?

The Palmerston (Animal Management) by-laws came into force in 1999, twenty-two years ago. Since then, City of Palmerston has been listed a City and with significant populations growth, gaps within the by-law scope has changed. Best practice relating to animal control, welfare and regulation have evolved and it’s time we amend our by-laws to reflect community expectations and better govern our animal owner population. 

What are the gaps and issues the City of Palmerston hopes to address in proposed amendments to the by-law?

City of Palmerston is looking to address dog attacks and menaces and the ability to declare dogs dangerous, nuisance barking and technologies to assist with evidence collection, licencing differences including reducing the total numbers of animal per property, cat management including registration and regulation of cat at large. 

What happens if I have more than the allowable limit for existing animal licences?

Animals with an approved license prior to the by-law amendments may be kept the life of the animal (i.e. grandfathered).

When could the proposed changes to the by-law come into effect?

If approved by Council, amendments to the by-law are anticipated to take effect in 2022.

Are there any anticipated costs associated with the proposed changes to the by-law?

There are no anticipated costs associated with the proposed changes. 

How did the City of Palmerston decide on by-Law amendments? 

Regulatory Services worked with key service providers and other Local Government Areas to develop a concept idea and a community consultation delivery plan. The idea was to gain an understanding of key areas of interest and changes within animal management. 


For further information, contact us directly on 8935 9922 or email