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
Timeline item 3 - complete
Community consultation - phase two
Pop-ups in selected parks
Timeline item 4 - complete
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