Off-Leash Areas

North Sydney is a dog-friendly area with numerous parks where pets can be exercised off-leash. However, the Companion Animals Act 1998 imposes some restrictions in relation to dogs and playgrounds.

All Council parks and public reserves are off-leash areas with the exception of:

  • St Leonards Oval (No. 1 and 2);
  • all playing fields while organised sporting events are in progress;
  • all bushland areas;
  • Cremorne Reserve, Clark Park and Ancrum Street Park.

Under The Companion Animals Act, dogs are also prohibited in the following public places:

  • Within 10m of any children's playing apparatus;
  • food preparation and/or consumption areas (unless it is a public thoroughfare such as a road, footpath or pathway);
  • recreation areas where dogs are declared prohibited;
  • public bathing areas where dogs are declared prohibited;
  • school grounds (unless with the permission of the person controlling the grounds);
  • child care centres (unless with the permission of the person controlling the centre);
  • shopping areas where dogs are prohibited (unless secured in a vehicle, with the permission of the person controlling the place or going to or from a vet or pet shop); and
  • wildlife protection areas.
  • Refer to The Companion Animals Act 1998 - Section 14.

All dogs in public places must be under the control of a competent person. Council is required by the State Government to enforce the laws concerning dogs, and Rangers may issue on-the-spot fines for infringements of the regulations listed above.