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Summer dog restrictions on beaches

Sun’s out, leashes on. From 1 November, summer restrictions for dogs on beaches are in place in Bayside.

The restrictions prohibit dogs on many Bayside beaches and foreshore areas during peak daylight hours from 1 November – 31 March.

Restrictions vary from beach to beach. You can check the restrictions at your favourite beach in our interactive walking your dog map, or location signage. All areas adjacent to beaches, including footpaths and reserves, are on leash at all times.

The seasonal changes aim to balance the needs of beach goers and dog owners over the busy warmer months.

Dogs and their owners can continue to enjoy all year round off-leash beach fun at Sandown Street, Brighton; Sandringham Harbour (Hampton); and Ricketts Point between McGregor Avenue and southern end of the Beaumaris Yacht Club car park. Sandringham Harbour is pictured at the top of this page.

Dog owners must pick up after their dogs and have effective control of their dog at all times.

Find out more about walking your dog in Bayside.

Do you think current off-leash restrictions provide a good balance for sharing Bayside’s public spaces? 

Bayside has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in Victoria. With finite space and a growing population, it’s important we have a Domestic Animal Management Plan that balances everyone’s needs.

We’re putting the call out to pet and non-pet owners, as well as relevant community groups, clubs and businesses, to sit down and have a chat with us about their experiences with pets in public spaces in Bayside. Register your interest

Detailed feedback from these conversations will be considered alongside results from representative and online surveys to set actions for the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-26.

Other ways to participate in the first phase of consultation on Bayside’s next Domestic Animal Management Plan include:

  • An interactive map to share location specific feedback and ideas or ask a question
  • Online survey opens on 1 November 2021. A paper or email survey is also being sent to 5,600 randomly selected representative households from 25 October 2021
  • Pop-up and drop-in sessions throughout Bayside, when restrictions permit.

Find out more about our plan for pets and public spaces