Wingecarribee Shire Council was one of the first Councils to care for animals enough to establish a Companion Animals Advisory Committee (CAAC).
The aim of the CAAC is to inform the community of the legal and humane obligations required of all companion animal owners, and those who are thinking about acquiring a pet, under endorsement of Council.
Council and the Committee aim to ensure that all animals of our Shire are cared for responsibly.
Under the Wingecarribee Local Environmental Plan 2010 animal boarding or training establishments are defined as; Animal boarding or training establishment means a building or place used for the breeding, boarding, training, keeping or caring of animals for commercial purposes (other than for the agistment of horses), and includes any associated riding school or ancillary veterinary hospital.
Council has many responsibilities for the keeping of animals throughout the Shire – promoting responsible pet ownership, animals in public places or considering relevant animal related development applications.
The Companion Animals Act 1998 describes a dog as a nuisance if the dog makes a noise, by barking or otherwise, that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has information on beekeeping, including inNSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has information on beekeeping, including information about:
Generally, cattle must not be kept within 9 metres (or such greater distance as Council may determine in a particular case) of a dwelling, school shop, office, factory, workshop, church or other place of public worship, public hall or premises used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food.
Responsibilities of owning a dangerous dog
Registration is required under the Companion Animals Act 1998 for all dogs and cats before they turn six months of age.
Generally, horses must not be kept within 9 metres of a dwelling, school shop, office, factory, workshop, church or other place of public worship, public hall or premises used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food.
Council provides leash-free parks to enable your dog to run freely off the lead. Find details of these dog friendly parks on this page.
If your cat or dog has gone missing Contact Council and provide the following information:
Generally, pigs (swine) must not be kept (and swine’s dung must not be deposited) within 60 metres of a dwelling, shop, office, factory, church or other place of public worship, workshop, school or public place in a city, town, village or other urban part of an area.
In Wingecarribee Shire we encourage people to live sustainably and keeping poultry can be an important part of a sustainable household.
Keeping sheep in the Wingecarribee Shire is an attractive idea given the rural lifestyle and environment. Keeping a sheep in an urban area however should be considered very carefully by residents.
What Should I Do About Unattended Livestock In Public Places?
A dog that is in a public place must be under the effective control of some competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held by (or secured to) the person.
A working dog is defined under section 5 of the Companion Animals Act as a dog used primarily for droving, tending, working or protecting stock. It includes a dog being trained as a working dog.