Permission For Pets – NSW

Pets are part of the family but it is completely understandable that an Owners Corporation Committee might want to pause for thought, before giving the ‘paws up’ to a new addition to the neighbourhood.

New South Wales has a set of model by-laws to provide Owners Corporations with options to control whether pets are allowed, and on what terms.

For example, the Owners Corporation may choose to have a by-law which:

  • Bans pets on the property altogether (other than assistance animals);
  • Allows owners to keep a pet and simply provide 14 days notice from when the pet has started living on the lot owner’s property; or
  • Allows a pet with the written permission of the Owners Corporation. This particular model by-law states that the Owners Corporation cannot unreasonably refuse the request. If they do refuse, they must give the owner written reasons outlining why the pet is not being permitted.

Most Owners Corporation communities have specific by-laws which put specific conditions on animal visitors and residents.

Size and Behaviour Matters

This may govern the size of the pet, how the animal is to be transported through common areas, as well as conditions governing pet behaviour.

Some of those common conditions are:

  • The animal is not allowed on the common property, except for the purpose of being taken in or out of the scheme land;
  • The animal must be on a lead or adequately restrained while on common property;
  • The animal must be regularly treated for fleas;
  • The animal must not cause nuisance or interfere unreasonably with any person’s use or enjoyment of another lot or common property;
  • The animal be kept in good health and free from fleas and parasites;
  • Any animal waste must be disposed of in such a way that it does not create noxious odours or otherwise contaminate the scheme; and
  • Reasonable steps must be taken to minimise the transfer of airborne allergens from the animal, such as regular vacuuming and/or grooming.

Where authorisation has been granted to keep a pet, that permission is granted to a specific Fluffy or Fido. It does not apply to any other additional pets or replacements. Any new pet will have to ‘audition’ on its merits.

A Committee can also rescind its permission if the conditions are breached.

Where To Find More Information


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