Owners may keep Guard Dogs subject to a number of conditions.


The occupier of land on which a guard dog is to be kept must:

  1. Display conspicuously at all times on each entrance into the property on which the dog is kept, a notice in black lettering on a white background, not less than 50mm in height and readily legible with the words “BEWARE-DANGEROUS GUARD DOG”;
  2. Ensure that the dog is effectively contained on the allotment;
  3. Demonstrate the keeper can exercise effective control over the dog;
  4. Provide a mechanism whereby safe public access is provided for persons whose occupation requires entry on to the property to perform statutory duties or community functions;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibility of keeping a guard dog and a capacity to exercise appropriate control over such animal.


An application and associated fee apply to guard dogs kept at or on land/premises within the Shire per site.  In addition the applicable registration fee also applies.  See Council’s fees and charges for current fees.     


Who to Contact

For more information of the keeping of a guard dog please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 or email



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