Animal Management

Animal Control is primarily the responsibility of animal owners, however State Legislation gives powers to Animal Management Officers to enforce certain standards and requirements to be met by animal owners.

Animal owners in Frankston City must comply with the guidelines established under Community Local Law 2020, including:

  • Number of Domestic Animals (pets) that may be kept
  • The Keeping of Livestock (farm animals) in residential areas
  • The Keeping and Housing of Pigeons
  • Provision of Adequate Fencing Protection of Other Animals and Native Fauna and Flora
  • Nuisances such as barking dogs. For more details, please refer to the section on Animal Noise 
  • Dog Excrement in public places
  • Horses on Reservations
Dogs are only permitted to leave their registered property if they are under effective control of a chain, cord or leash. The only areas within Frankston City where dogs may be exercised 'off-leash' are in specially designated Free Roam Areas.
Parks and Natural Reserves Officers are actively engaged in trapping feral and stray cats on Council Reserves. They may also assist in providing traps to residents for trapping cats on private property.


Domestic Animal Management Plan

Under the provisions of The Domestic Animals Act 1994 all Councils in Victoria are legislated to have developed a Domestic Animal Management Plan which will be renewed every four years.

This plan outlines the services, programs and policies the Council has established to address the administration of the Act and the management of domestic animal issues in their community.

The Domestic Animal Management Plan sets the strategic direction in terms of animal management within Frankston City for the next four years and will allow review on an annual basis if required. It will reflect what Council does in relation to animal management and develop ways to improve current practices and set future directions and action plans.

The latest Domestic Animal Management Plan (2020-2024) and action plan were endorsed by Council on 10 August 2020 and are available here(PDF, 2MB).

After Hours Contact

1300 322 322 to report emergency matters including dog attacks or threatening animals.