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.



  • 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 - incomplete

    Community consultation – phase three

    October to November

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    New/changed off leash areas confirmed

    Early 2022

Community consultation

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

Project overview

Learn more about how we're managing dogs in our open spaces and explore the interactive map.

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about the project?