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.