Laws banning pets in strata properties reversed

Published: 23 Aug 2021

From Wednesday 25 August 2021, the NSW Government will enact new laws that will put an end to blanket bans on animals in strata.

A woman kneeling down giving a high five to her golden retriever dog.

The changes follow a detailed review of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and extensive public consultation, focusing on the keeping of animals in strata schemes. 

The new laws will also allow specific grounds where an owners’ corporation can refuse an owner from keeping an animal in a strata scheme or take steps to remove an existing animal from the scheme. 

The circumstances can include:

  • repeated damage of the common property
  • menacing behavior, and
  • persistent noise and odour.

Owners’ corporations will also be able to set reasonable conditions through their own by-laws on how pets are kept in their scheme.

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the new laws reflect broad community sentiment and demonstrate a balanced approach for both residents and owners’ corporations in keeping pets in strata.

“Research tells us that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 61 per cent of households including a pet in their family, and 91 per cent of households owning a pet at some point in their lives,” Mr Anderson said.

“As a dog owner myself I understand how important pets are for families in this state, and their companionship cannot be understated, particularly during the current pandemic.”  

For more information about the new laws, visit the NSW Fair Trading website.

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