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Register a domestic animal business

All domestic animal businesses in Knox must be registered with Council.

Animal business registrations

You must register any domestic animal business in Knox with Council.

A domestic business is:

  • an animal shelter
  • Council pound
  • Council pet shop
  • a for-profit business that looks after, trains or boards cats or dogs
  • a for-profit business that breeds cats or dogs and has more than 10 fertile female animals
  • a for-profit business that breeds cats or dogs and has less than 10 fertile female animals, but the owner is not a member of an applicable organisation.      

How to register

To apply for a permit to register a domestic animal business, you will need to:

  • download and complete the application form
  • provide a copy of your Public Liability Insurance
  • pay the permit fee.

Submit your application

Share your application form, Public Liability Insurance and payment with us via:

  • Email [email protected]
  • Mail to Knox City Council, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152, or
  • Submit it in person at the Knox Customer Service Counter located at our council offices at 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152.

Other considerations

Under Local Law, your business must also hold a current permit to keep extra animals.

You may also need to request planning permission before you can register your business. Please check with us first. 

Fees and charges

The annual registration fee is is $300 per business (this includes a $20 state government levy).

This fee is current from 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024.


We will conduct an inspection of your animal business as part of your registration application.

We will also conduct annual inspections to make sure businesses follow all legal requirements.


We investigate all reports of suspected backyard breeders.

We also follow up on all cats and dogs sold to Knox residents to ensure they have been microchipped and registered.

When we discover non-compliance, we prefer to work with the business to achieve compliance.

If this approach fails, we will take enforcement action.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Services team on 9298 8000.

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