As part of our Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017–21 we have committed to review available off-leash areas and make sure dog owners are considered in planning for future public open space.

Due to significant growth in dog registrations in the City of Melbourne, we are exploring the option of new off-leash spaces as well as timed off-leash access to manage for the increase in animals. You can explore the options for potential off-leash areas via our interactive map on the project overview page, and learn more about the details about the project.

We want to know whether you agree or disagree with these suggestions for new off-leash spaces and timed access in certain areas. We also want to hear what you think of the existing signage and dog facilities in our parks.

We ran a third phase of community consultation from 22 November to 19 December 2021.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation - phase one

    Online and face-to-face surveys

    24 March to 30 April

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Collate information

    Mid April

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Community consultation - phase two

    Pop-ups in selected parks


  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Collate information


  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Community engagement summary released


  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Community consultation – phase three

    22 November to 19 December 2021

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee meeting to consider new dog off leash areas

    7 June 2022

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Council meeting to make a Municipal Order

    28 June 2022

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    Dog off-leash areas and dog controls finalised

    18 August 2022

Off-leash dog parks proposal

Find out more about the proposed new off-leash dog parks and explore the interactive map.

Community consultation

Feedback we heard on the draft Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy.

Contact us

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