Apply for an excess animal permit

How many animals can be kept on a property?

There are limits to how many pets or livestock you can keep on your property. It also needs to meet size requirements for you to keep livestock.

Pet or livestock Number allowed without the excess animal permit

Cat

2 registered cats 

Dog

2 registered dogs

Domestic birds

13 birds

Mice

8 mice

Rabbits

4 rabbits

Guinea pigs

8 guinea pigs

Poultry or pigeons

4 chickens, ducks, geese or pigeons

Your poultry must be kept in a poultry house and pigeons need to be kept in a pigeon loft.

Contact us on 9840 9333 or online for details regarding construction and specifications of poultry houses and pigeon lofts.

Small animals (livestock)

A permit is required to keep any sheep or goat in an area less than one acre (4000 sqm)

Large animals
(livestock)

A permit is required to keep any emu, ostrich, goat, sheep, cow, pig, bull, or horse in an area less than two acres (8000 sqm)

How to apply

To keep certain animals, you’ll need a permit. To apply for a permit, complete the application form for the keeping of additional animals.

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