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Animal Management By-Laws Review Discussion Paper

City of Palmerston is undertaking a review of its Animal Management By-laws to better cater to the needs of our growing community and to reflect contemporary legislative standards.

Feedback from the community will be used to develop guiding principles for the drafting of new animal management by-laws. Topics to be considered include dog barking, dog attacks and menaces, dangerous dogs and nuisance animals.

While the adoption of new animal management by-laws will take approximately 18 to 24 months, City of Palmerston is committed to working with the community to identify desired changes and the efficient adoption of new by-laws.

This review is a separate activity from the Northern Territory Government discussion paper surrounding proposed uniform animal management legislation across the Territory. Council is supportive of this proposal, however seeks community feedback to improve its by-laws concentrating specifically on the needs of the Palmerston community.

Community consultation is open from 9 March and closes 8 May 2021. 

City of Palmerston staff will be available to speak with the public at various locations throughout the community over the coming weeks.


Friday 26 March

Marlow Lagoon Dog Park4-6pm
Saturday 3 AprilGateway Shopping Centre9-11am
Wednesday 7 AprilOasis Shopping Centre11-1pm
Thursday 15 AprilBakewell Dog Park4-6pm
Friday 23 AprilMarlow Lagoon Dog Park


Saturday 1 MayBakewell Dog Park10-12pm

Click image below to view the Discussion Paper.

Access the online survey here.
A hard copy survey can also be mailed out upon request by emailing or calling 08 8935 9900.

Key Documentation
Animal Management By-Laws Review Discussion Paper
Current Animal Management By-Laws (1999)
Uniform Companion Legislation in the Northern Territory - Discussion Paper - City of Palmerston Response

Project Stages

  • Open This consultation is open for contributions.
  • Under Review
  • Closed This consultation is closed for contributions.