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Keeping extra animals

There are laws on how many animals you can keep, and how and where you can keep them.

You need a special permit for extra pets and it must be renewed each year.

Animal restrictions

The Amenity Local Law 2020 references keeping animals.

This protects the safety of the neighbourhood and the welfare of animals and pets. It covers:

  • numbers of animals that can live on a property
  • animal housing
  • the secure confinement of animals within the area.

Keeping extra animals

An animal permit is needed if you wish to keep:

  • more than 2 dogs
  • more than 2 cats
  • more than 5 ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits or rodents
  • more than 5 large birds
  • more than 25 small birds
  • more than 5 poultry.

The maximum number of cats or dogs that you can keep is 5 in total.

For example, with this permit you could have 3 dogs and 2two cats or 4 cats and 1 dog.

Roosters are no longer granted a permit to live on any land unless permitted under an applicable Act or Planning Scheme.

Permits are valid for the number of animals specified on the permit.

You must renew your permit each year.

Apply to keep extra animals or birds

Further checks and requirements

Your neighbours will be sent a Neighbour Consent Form to complete and return to Council.

A Community Laws Officer may also come to inspect your property.

Conditions for animal permits

When whether to grant a permit, the Council may consider:

  • the area of the land
  • the zoning of the land
  • the reason for the application
  • the proximity to adjoining occupiers
  • the amenity (facilities) of the area
  • the type and number of animals to be kept at the location
  • the likely effect on adjoining properties/neighbours
  • the adequacy of the proposed accommodation
  • any membership by the applicant of any relevant authorised association or organisation
  • the age of the animals
  • the cleanliness of the area
  • any other matter relevant to the circumstances of the application.

Animal definitions

Here are the definitions of animals listed in the Amenity Local Law 2020.

Small birds

A small bird is any:

  • budgerigar
  • canary
  • finch
  • any other similar size or smaller.

They can be of any age.

Large birds

A large bird is any cockatoo or other bird of similar or larger size. They can be of any age.

This does not include poultry.


Poultry includes:

  • chickens (not roosters)
  • ducks
  • geese
  • peacocks
  • pheasants
  • turkeys
  • squab
  • guinea fowl
  • similar birds.

They can be of any age.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Community Laws department on 9298 8000.

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