Council Rangers - what we do

The duties of council rangers can vary from council to council. In addition, the officers may have different position titles compared to a neighbouring council even if they are performing similar duties.

The following list provides a general guide on the duties of rangers:


  • To deliver quality service in the areas of public order and safety
  • To enforce relevant acts, regulations and local laws
  • Investigate complaints and issue infringements or cautions
  • Patrol streets and parking areas
  • Issue notices to people in violation of the environmental protection regulations
  • Catch stray and unregistered dogs
  • Attend court to give evidence in support of any prosecutions
  • Provide advice to the community

In regional areas, generalist rangers may have a broad spread of duties such as: parking patrol; animal control; illegal waste dumping; general environmental protection and; public safety and order.  In rural areas rangers may also have other responsibilities such as dealing with the movement of stock such as sheep or cattle.


  • Animals


    Permanently identify - (microchip) companion animals The NSW Companion Animals Act states that a companion animal must be identified (microchipped) from the time the animal is 12 weeks old. It is an offence to breach this requirement in NSW. All animals...

  • Abandoned Vehicles and Pollution

    Abandoned Vehicles and Pollution

    Abandoned Vehicles and Pollution Issue tickets (Penalty Infringement Notices) Rangers are authorised to issue penalty infringement notices, but only for certain offences under specific acts such as: The NSW and Australian Road Rules, the NSW Local...

  • What we donít do

    What we donít do

    Seize roaming cats There is no offence in the NSW Companion Animals act relating to cats being in a public place or not being under effective control as there is for dogs (unless that public place is a ‘food preparation area’ or...