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Proposed Litchfield Council (Animal Management) By-Laws

Council By-laws are required to ensure safety and amenity within the community and to encourage responsible pet ownership.

A committee was formed in early 2013 to review the current By-laws and have held community meetings and gathered public submissions.

The proposed Litchfield Council (Animal Management) By-Laws are now officially open for comment and we encourage residents to provide feedback.

To view the Proposed Litchfield Council (Animal Management) By-Laws or Public Information Paper click the links below.

Public Information Paper

Proposed Litchfield Council (Animal Management) By-Laws

Frequently Asked Questions

Submissions can be made by:

Emailing here

Submitting a form on the contact us page

or by mailing to

Litchfield Council

PO Box 446

Humpty Doo  NT  0836

The submission period has been extended to Sunday 19 March 2017 at midnight.


After Hours Assistance

Litchfield Council does not provide an after-hours service.

In the case of an emergency, such as a life threatening dog attack, please contact the NT Police on 131 444.  Any incidents involving dogs that occur after hours should be reported to Council the following business day so they can be investigated by the Regulatory Services Team.

If you have a stray dog wander onto your property after hours or over the weekend and can safely contain the animal, please do so and contact Council during business hours so the dog can be collected.  Friendly stray dogs that are found after hours should be taken to the nearest vet clinic that is open so they can be scanned for a micro-chip and returned to their owner.  Social media can also be a useful resource if you have lost or found a dog outside of Council operating hours and may assist in re-uniting dogs with their owners.

The following Facebook pages are recommended:

  • Top End Lost and Found – TELAF

  • Humpty Doo and Rural Areas Lost and Found Pets

  • Humpty Doo and Rural Areas Community

  • Northern territory Lost Pet Register

  • Lost Pet Finders Northern Territory


General Information

Dogs are a wonderful addition to any family however it is important to understand your responsibilities as a pet owner.  Dog owners are required to take legal responsibility for their dog's behaviour and actions.  Please ensure that you are familiar with the Litchfield Council (Rural Dog Management) By-laws.

Responsible dog owners rarely have complaints made regarding their dog.  A dog that is well fed, exercised, has basic training and is healthy, usually does not cause a nuisance to others.  All dogs kept withint he Litchfield municpatlity must be securely contained to their own property, be on a leash when in public and be micro-chipped, with their details provided to Council.  Fore more informaiton, please see the Your Dog and the Law information sheet.

Council's Regulatory Services team can provide helpful advice on a range of dog related issues including containment methods, barking and/or nuisance behaviour, aggressive dogs and general dog management.  You may also find the Kids & Dogs, Barking Dogs, Responsible Dog Ownership and Tips to Keep your Dog at Home information sheets useful.

If you have lost your dog, please visit Council's Found Animal Gallery.

If you would like further informationh, please call the Regulatory Services Team during business hours on 08 8983 0600.