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Register a domestic animal business

Businesses that need a permit

If you own or operate one of the following businesses, you must register and apply for a domestic animal business permit:

  • an animal shelter, Council pound or pet shop
  • a for profit organisation that breeds cats or dogs
  • a for profit organisation that rears, trains or boards cats or dogs
  • a cat or dog breeding business.

Agriculture Victoria has more information about domestic animal businesses.


  • New business registration: $750 (you will receive a 50% refund in the permit is not granted)
  • Renewal: $380


We will inspect your premises if you are applying for a new permit. We may also conduct future inspections at our discretion.

Apply for a permit

Due to customer service centre closures, you must submit the completed application by email to

If you cannot submit by email, you can post your application.

Renew your permit

Permits are renewed annually and you will be sent a renewal notice prior to the renewal date.