Keep extra animals or livestock

Maximum number of pets without a permit

The maximum number of pets you can keep without a permit will depend of the size of your land.

If you want to keep extra animals, you must apply for an Excess Animals and Livestock permit. You must also register your pet cat or dog in addition to applying for an Excess Animals and Livestock permit.

If your property is under 4,000 square metres

If your land is under 4,000 square metres, you need a permit to keep more than:

  • 2 dogs
  • 2 cats
  • 6 poultry (duck, geese, peacock, pheasant, turkey, guinea fowl, female chicken, and any other edible bird over the age of 12 weeks. Does not include a rooster)
  • 5 large birds (pigeon, cockatoo or other bird of similar or larger size of any age. Does not include poultry)
  • 20 small birds (budgerigar, canary, finch or other similar size or smaller bird)
  • 5 rabbits
  • 8 guinea pigs or ferrets

If your property is over 4,000 square metres

If your land is over 4,000 square metres, you need a permit to keep more than:

  • 4 dogs
  • 4 cats

Apply for an excess animals and livestock permit

If you want to keep more animals or you want to keep livestock, you must apply for an Excess Animals and Livestock permit. You must apply for the permit before you acquire the animals.

You must also register your pet cat or dog in addition to applying for an Excess Animals and Livestock permit. If you are not approved for an excess animals and livestock permit, we will refund your pet registration fee.

Livestock is any animal, other than a cat or dog, used for primary production or kept for recreational purposes (Impounding of Livestock Act 1994).

Application checklist

In order to apply for a permit:

  • We must approve the structure in which you plan to keep the animals to ensure it meets the requirements for that species of animal.
  • You must keep the structure clean and sanitary.
  • The animals are not to cause any nuisance.

Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $120. 

How to apply

Please complete and submit an Excess Animals and Livestock Permit Application form (861kb).

What happens next?

  • We will consider your application and may be in contact if we need further information.
  • We may need to get feedback from your neighbours if they may be affected by your application.
  • In most cases, a Council Officer will contact you to arrange a visit to the property and determine whether your application will be approved.
  • If approved, your permit will be sent to you in the mail. If not approved, we will contact you.

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