Keeping animals

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Our Animal Keeping Local Law aims to protect the welfare of animals and the comfort of our residents. It regulates:

  • Keeping animals
  • Limits on number of animals per household
  • Keeping poultry
  • Fencing of properties to restrain animals
  • Management of animal litter and amenity issues

Limits on the number of animals

There are limits to the number of animals you can keep:

Residential and industrial zones - maximum animals allowed

  • Dogs: 2
  • Cats: 2 
  • Pigeons and poultry: 10 
  • Roosters: permit required 
  • Horses: permit required 
  • Other agricultural or similar large animals (including, but not limited to cattle, sheep, pigs and goats): permit required 

Commercial zones - maximum animals allowed

  • Dogs: 2
  • Cats: 2 
  • Pigeons and poultry: permit required 
  • Roosters: permit required 
  • Horses: permit required 
  • Other agricultural or similar large animals (including, but not limited to cattle, sheep, pigs and goats): permit required  

Rural zones (not including farming) - maximum animals allowed

  • Dogs: 3
  • Cats: 3 
  • Pigeons and poultry: 10 
  • Roosters: 2 
  • Horses: 2 
  • Other agricultural or similar large animals (including, but not limited to cattle, sheep, pigs and goats): according to planning regulations

Permits for exceeding maximum number of animals

You can apply for a permit to keep animals in excess of the number listed above.

To apply for a permit contact our Animal Management Services on 03 5434 6000 or download a keeping of animals application form.

To get a permit you will need to meet specific conditions, including provision of suitable housing and fencing.

Contact us

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Please note that requests logged online after 5pm Friday December 21, 2018 may not be acted on until our offices re-open on Wednesday January 2, 2019. For urgent assistance please phone 5434 6000.  

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