Dog Exercise Areas

The City encourages responsible dog ownership within its District and to ensure the management of dogs in public places has created areas where dogs are prohibited, where they are permitted on-leash, and where they are permitted off-leash. Some of these areas are seasonal and as such, residents and visitors to Busselton are encouraged to look out for and comply with signs relating to the control of dogs.

Effective Control of Dogs

  • A dog shall not be in a public place unless it is held by a person who is capable of controlling the dog, or securely tethered for a temporary purpose by means of a chain, cord, leash or harness of sufficient strength
  • Dangerous or restricted breed dogs are to be under the control of a person who has reached 18 years of age, who is capable of controlling the dog and by means of a chain, cord, leash or harness of sufficient strength. These dogs shall also be muzzled and cannot be exercised off-leash in any public place at any time
  • When off-leash in an approved dog exercise area the owner is required to have effective control of their dog at all times. Effective control may be defined as the dog being within eyesight of its owner, immediately obeying the voice commands of its owner even when distracted, and not disturbing or harming other people, dogs, or other animals including wildlife.

Places (other than beaches) where Dogs are Prohibited

Dogs, other than assistance dogs as prescribed in the Dog Act 1976 are prohibited in the following areas at all times:

  • Busselton Jetty
  • Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport
  • Cemeteries
  • Children’s Playgrounds
  • City Depot and Waste Management Sites
  • Meelup Regional Park (other than a small portion of the beach adjacent to Eagle Bay Townsite)
  • Public Buildings

Places (other than beaches) where Dogs are Permitted but only On-leash

  • Busselton Foreshore between Marine Terrace, the coast, Geographe Bay Road and Gale Street (except for Signal Park which is an off-leash exercise area)
  • Dugalup Brook Reserves (to the immediate north of Dunsborough town centre)
  • Dunsborough Foreshore between Gifford Road and the Centennial Park car park
  • Grass Reserves in Yallingup between the coast, Yallingup Beach Road, Valley Road, and Dawson Drive
  • Lions Park
  • Mitchell Park
  • Seymour Park

Unless otherwise specified by the City, dogs are prohibited from the areas listed above during organised events on those reserves.

Dogs must be on-leash at all times on the City’s network of footpaths and shared paths whether or not those paths are within a designated dog exercise area.

Places (other than beaches) where Dogs are Permitted to be Exercised Off-Leash (but under effective control)

Dogs are permitted to be exercised off-leash on the grassed areas of all other local government property, subject to the following conditions:

  • Dogs are prohibited from the active playing surfaces at sporting events (including training) approved by the City
  • Dogs are prohibited when organised events approved by the City are taking place such as weddings, concerts or sporting events not generally open to the public without charge
  • Dogs are permitted, but only on a leash or securely tethered, on areas surrounding active playing surfaces, at sporting events (including training) approved by the City and generally open to the public without charge, and at markets approved by the City
  • Dogs are permitted, but only on a leash or securely tethered, on any paths and within any parking areas as designated in the City’s Parking Local Law

Dogs on Beaches

Dog owners should be aware there are City controlled beaches where dogs are permitted at all times, where dogs are permitted during specified times, and where dogs are absolutely prohibited.

Information on where and when you can take your dog to the beach within the City of Busselton is provided in the brochure below: