Domestic animal businesses

The following types of businesses must be registered with the City and hold a current Domestic Animal Business permit.

  • Pet shops
  • Boarding premises for dogs and cats
  • Dog training establishments
  • Animal shelters
  • Breeding and rearing premises for dogs and cats

All Domestic Animal Businesses must be registered annually. The cost of registration is subject to annual change.

Our officers will inspect premises annually to ensure compliance with the Domestic Animals Act and the requirements of the code of practice that is relevant to that type of business.

What is a Domestic Animal Business?

You are a breeding Domestic Animal Business if you breed dogs and cats to sell (whether a profit is made or not) and you have three or more fertile female dogs or cats and you are not a member of an applicable organisation. 

If you are a member of an applicable organisation, you are exempt from registering as a breeding Domestic Animal Business if you have less than 10 fertile female dogs and cats AND no more than two are not registered with an applicable organisation.

    Please contact one of the City's Animal Management Officers to understand which code applies to your business, on 1300 002 642