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Further Changes to Dog Keeping Laws in Somerset

SOMERSET Regional Council will consult with residents from 8 March regarding further changes it is considering to dog keeping laws in Somerset.

Currently Council’s subordinate local law prohibits residents from keeping more than two dogs on a property, regardless of property size or location.

Council, under the new recommended changes, is proposing to allow Somerset Regional Council residents the following:

 - Up to four dogs on an allotment located outside a designated area and larger than 10,000m2, if the applicant is a member of an approved entity.
 - Up to six (6) dogs on an allotment located outside a designated area and is larger than 20000m2, if the applicant is an accredited breeder.

To have up to four dogs, under the proposed changes, a Somerset resident must be a member of an approved entity which is considered to be an organisation similar to Dogs Queensland or equivalent.

The designated area is defined as the urban footprint in the South East Queensland Regional Plan.

These proposed changes come after Council consulted with the community regarding changes to its local laws for the keeping of dogs in Somerset in November 2016.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council is supporting the new changes to its local laws and now wanted to hear from the community.

“Somerset residents have been campaigning Council to review our dog laws for some time and this is a direct response to their feedback,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council took on board all the feedback received during the last community consultation period at the end of last year and this is why we have put forward additional recommended changes.

“It is now up to the community to have their say on the new proposal.”  

Residents can have their say on the new proposed changes from 8 March 2017 until 30 March 2017.

Council will consider all submissions made during the public consultation process before the implementation of any proposed changes. 

Submissions can be made by email to, fax to (07) 5424 4099, mail to PO BOX 117, Esk, QLD 4312 or in person at Council’s offices in Esk, Kilcoy or Lowood.


Fri - 07 / 04 / 2017