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Restrictions on keeping pets

Cats not permitted in Botanic Ridge or Settlers Run

You are not permitted to keep a cat if you live in Botanic Ridge or Settlers Run Estate. This includes cats who are always kept indoors.

These two areas are close to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne. The gardens are home to many native and endangered animals, including the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot. Cats are natural predators and are a danger to these native animals. Dogs and other animals are not a threat to these native animals.

If you currently own a cat

If you currently own a cat in either of these areas, you must rehouse it and provide evidence to us. Failure to comply can result in legal action.

If your cat is already registered and you rehouse it, you can cancel your registration. Your may be eligible for a refund on your registration.

If you see a cat belonging to someone else

If you can identify which property a cat comes from in Botanic Ridge or Settlers Run, please contact us and we will investigate.

Other restrictions and controls on my property

For specific advice about your property, you can undertake a title and property certificate search on the Landata website. Or for more information, please contact us.

Restricted, menacing and dangerous dogs

If your dog is a restricted breed, declared menacing or dangerous, there may be restrictions around how and when you can keep it.

Restricted breeds (including any cross breeds)

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Perro De Presa Canario (or Presa Canario)

There are conditions you must meet to keep a restricted breed dog.


A menacing dog is any dog that has been declared menacing by a council.

There are conditions you must meet to keep a menacing dog.


Dangerous dogs are:

  • kept to guard a non-residential premises
  • trained to attack or bite any person or thing attached or worn by a person
  • declared dangerous by a council

There are conditions you must meet to keep a dangerous dog and conditions to keep a guard dog.