Offshore Living

Animals - updated April 2017

Given our proximity to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Council has specific regulations relating to companion animals in its Development Control Plans - DCP21. The keeping of cats, rabbits and ferrets is discouraged. The toll on wildlife is too great.

Owners who wish to keep dogs must prevent them from roaming, including on tracks, trails or beaches. You can, however, walk your dog on the public tracks outside the National Park (as marked), subject to the usual companion animal regulations of having dogs on leashes at all times and the requirement to clean up any deposits. Dogs are not permitted on Pittwater beaches as their presence frightens aquatic birds preventing them from foraging, nesting and mating.

The DCP is designed to provide guidance to persons carrying out development on land in Pittwater. Where development consent is required for development in the Lower Western Foreshore Locality (LWFL) such as to build or modify a dwelling house, Council may impose conditions on that consent, including the restrictions in D8.12 Companion Animals, provided such conditions are valid in the circumstances.

Your responsible animal ownership is welcomed and is a reflection on all other responsible animal owners in the community.

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park

Pets Prohibited

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted.

See the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.


If you have visiting dogs please ensure your guests are aware of the requirement of using a lead outside of your property, the permitted walking areas, and the need to pickup after their animal. Being in bushland does not mean they can let their animal roam.

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