Our Hobby is at risk! Penrith City Council plans to restrict the number of dogs that can be owned within the local council area and will require Council approval for all dog breeding.  You will need Council approval to breed even one litter!

If introduced, these new regulations will seriously limit the activities of Dogs NSW members.

You may not be in the Penrith City Council area but please read this and make sure you know what your Council is planning before it is too late.  Ask your local council about its Animal Management plan!hobby2

The full proposals are availabe here to download as a pdf Adobe Download.

What is worrying for our members are the following restrictions:


1) As a general guide:

  1. Up to 2 small dogs (between 5 and 10 kg) can be kept at a residential strata unit or townhouse with an appropriate size yard.
  2. Up to 4 small to medium dogs (less than 25kg) can be kept at residential premises with an appropriate size yard
  3. Up to 2 large dogs (between 30 to 70 kg) can be kept at residential premises with an appropriate size yard.

Please Note. Dog breeding and/or boarding kennels are subject to Council approval. The restrictions on numbers and the insistence on obtaining Council approval to breed dogs will possibly mean the end of breeding in Penrith City Council area for our members unless you act to advise Council that their proposals are not acceptable to us.

The policy will apply to the keeping of most common animals in residential areas of the City, and more generally the keeping of these animals as domestic pets in all areas of the City. The policy will not apply to the keeping of animals for commercial or agricultural purposes.

The draft policy will be on public exhibition from Monday 15 June to Tuesday 14 July 2015.

Community comments will be considered before it is finalised and presented to Council for adoption.

 View the draft Keeping of Animals Local Orders Policy (accessible pdf 286KB) online or in person at: 

  • Penrith Civic Centre. Council staff are available throughout the exhibition period. 601 High Street, Penrith Mon - Fri 8.30am- 4pm
  • Council's St Marys Office 207-209 Queen Street, St Marys. Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm
  • Penrith Library 601 High Street, Penrith. (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 9am-5pm; and Sun 10am-5pm).
  • St Marys Library 207-209 Queen Street, St Marys. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; and Sat 9am-1pm

If you wish to make a submission, please do so by Tuesday 14 July 2015. 

Submissions can be sent by post or email, lodged online, or left with a member of staff at one of the exhibition venues.

If you have any questions, call Council's Environmental Health Team on 4732 8055.

What can Dogs NSW members do?

  • Form an action group and talk to your local Councillor, explaining why this proposal will destroy our hobby.
  • Submit a response to the draft Keeping of Animals Local Orders Policy by Tuesday 14 July.
  • Write to your local newspaper.
  • Speak to each other and take action before it is too late.
  • Consider standing for election to Council in 2016 based on a dog-friendly platform.

The Dogs NSW Media and Government Legislation Committee (MGL) will make a submission to Penrith City Council highlighting the dangers of adopting this policy.  The MGL will issue a press release to all Media outlets advising why Dogs NSW rejects these proposals.

How to contact a Councillor