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Animal Permit

Council's General Provisions Local Law 2010 makes reference to the keeping of animals to ensure that the amenity of a neighbourhood is maintained and also the welfare of the animal is considered.

This page covers the numbers of animals permitted, animal housing and the secure confinement of animals within the municipality.

Keeping more animals than permitted

Under the local law, a permit is required for livestock to be kept on land of an area less than 4,000 square metres (1 acre). An owner or occupier of land on which livestock is kept must ensure that the land is adequately fenced so as to prevent that livestock’s escape from the land.

A permit is also required if you would like to keep more than:

  • two dogs; and/or
  • two cats; and/or
  • five reptiles or rodents; and/or
  • five large birds; and/or
  • 25 small birds; and/or
  • five poultry.

The maximum number of cats or dogs in total that can be kept on land is five (5). (for example, with a permit issued under the General Provisions Local Law, the maximum number of cats or dogs in total could be demonstrated by having 3 dogs and 2 cats or 4 cats and 1 dog)

As part of the permit process your neighbours will be sent a Neighbour Consent Form to compete and return to Council. Your property may also be inspected by a Community Laws Officer. Permits will be valid for the number of animals specified on the permit and will be required to renewed annually.

The above information does not however apply for pigeons.


In 2011 VCAT made a ruling that a person can be in possession of up to 100 pigeons on land without a permit. It will now be recognised as being ancillary (as of right) to the land. If someone wishes to house more than 100 pigeons then a permit is required with Council's Planning department.

Contact Council for more information.

Animal Housing

Without a permit an owner or occupier of land must not construct, reconstruct or allow to remain on that land any type of animal housing, where that housing is designed for more than the permitted number of animals.

An owner or occupier of land must maintain any animal housing on the land –

  • in a clean, sanitary and inoffensive condition and so as not to cause any nuisance;
  • in surroundings that are clear of any material that may harbour vermin; and/or
  • to the satisfaction of Council or an authorised officer.

For more information about animal housing please refer to the link below. The attached document will provide information on the criteria for issuing a permit along with permit conditions.

Definitions under General Provisions Local Law 2010

  • large bird - means any pigeon, cockatoo or other bird of similar or larger size of any age but does not include poultry of any age.
  • livestock - has the same meaning as in the Impounding of Livestock Act 1994, namely an animal (including a bird) of any species used in connection with primary production or kept for recreational purposes other than a dog or a cat (includes but is not limited to horses, cattle, sheep, donkeys, mules, goats, pigs and deer of any age).
  • poultry - includes chickens (but not rooster/s), ducks, geese, peacocks, pheasants and turkeys and anything similar of any age.
  • small bird - means any budgerigar, canary, finch or other similar size or smaller bird.
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