Animal Control

Many households in Nhulunbuy own at least one dog. Owning a dog requires the owner to take legal responsibility for their dogs behaviour and actions.

On 24 November 2015, the Nhulunbuy (Animal Control) Amended By-laws came into force. All dogs within Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate must be securely contained within their own property and be registered. From 1 November 2016, all dogs kept in Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate must be registered with the Nhulunbuy Corporation.

Responsible dog owners rarely receive complaints about their dog. A dog that is well fed, exercised, has basic training and is healthy usually does not cause a nuisance to others.

Dog Attacks or Complaints other than Barking Dogs

If you have been attacked by a dog or need to complain about a dog, please contact the Nhulunbuy Corporation on (08) 8939 2200 or after hours on 0419 838 064.

To download the incident form click below and email to

Dog Incident Statement Form 2020  

Barking Dogs

If you want to report a dog noise nuisance complaint please click the form below and email to the Nhulunbuy Corporation on

Dog Noise Nuisance Complaint Form and Barking Dog Diary 

 Nhulunbuy (Animal Control) By-laws

Dog management and control within Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate is a complex issue. The Nhulunbuy Corporation is responsible for the administration of the Nhulunbuy (Animal Control) Bylaws.

Stray and problem dogs

Dogs that are found wandering at large will be impounded and an infringement will be issued before the dog returns home. The Nhulunbuy Corporation has the ability to investigate reported dog attacks. Owners of dogs that have committed a dog attack can face fines, possible seizure and destruction of the dog, or prosecution.

If you have lost your dog, visit the Nhulunbuy Corporations Head Office.

The Nhulunbuy Corporation can provide you with helpful advice about how to secure your pet within your property, fencing, barking and nuisance dogs and general dog management.

If you would like further information, please call the Nhulunbuy Corporations Animal Control and Compliance Officer on 0419 838 064.

Nhulunbuy Corporation Pound


The Nhulunbuy Corporation Pound Facility is located off Arnhem Road.

Dogs found at large which are not registered and cannot be traced to their owner will be impounded. Images and details of such dogs will be uploaded to the Nhulunbuy Corporations Facebook page.

A feeding fee applies each day that the dog is impounded. All fees (including registration fees if the animal is not registered) and applicable infringements must be paid before the dog is released from the pound. Dogs will only be released from the pound during business hours.

Fees and registrations can be paid at the Nhulunbuy Corporation Head Office in Westal Street, by calling (08) 8939 2200 or online.