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Keeping Animals

An owner or occupier of property must not keep or allow to be kept without a permit, a greater number of each type of animal other than as set out in the table below.

If you are unsure as to your property zoning, you may obtain a free online Property Report.

Type of Animal

Multi-dwelling/ Flat-lot*

Farming Zone

Rural Living Zone

Other Zones

Dogs

1 max.

5 max.

3 max.

2 max.

Cats

1 max.

4 max.

4 max.

2 max.

Poultry

1 max.

Unrestricted

20 max.

10 max.

Roosters

0

Unrestricted

1 max.

Permit required 

Domestic Birds

No max. limit

No max. limit

No max. limit

No max. limit 

Domestic Mice

2 max.

No max. limit

No max. limit

10 max.

Guinea Pigs

2 max.

No max. limit

No max. limit

2 max.

Domestic Rabbits

1 max.

No max. limit

No max. limit

2 max.

Domestic Fish

No max. limit

No max. limit

No max. limit

No max. limit 

Domestic Turtles, Frogs,  Tortoises, etc.

No max. limit

No max. limit

No max. limit

No max. limit 

Ferrets 

Not permitted

10 max.

10 max.

2 max.

Horses/Donkeys etc. 

Not permitted 

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

Permit required 

Livestock

Not permitted 

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

Permit required 

Sheep

Not permitted 

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

Permit required 

Goats

Not permitted 

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

Permit required 

Pigs

Not permitted 

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

Not permitted 

Any other agricultural animals

Not permitted 

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

In accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation

Not permitted 

*With an area less than 400sq/m.

 

Additional Information

  • Planning/Local Law permits may be issued for animal boarding or breeding to allow owner/occupiers to keep more animals than the stipulated allowed amount on the premises
  • Should a lawfully kept animal bear offspring, the litter will be exempt from the above laws for 12 weeks
  • If you are unsure of your property's zoning, please call 1300 366 244 for clarification

 

Nuisance Animals

An owner or occupier of land must not cause or allow to be caused any excessive/objectionable noises or sounds to emanate from their land at any time from:

  • A domestic animal
  • Livestock
  • Poultry
  • A domestic bird

A noise or sound is excessive or objectionable where it may be considered unreasonable and adversely affects the comfort, convenience or privacy of any other persons residing in the locality. A person commits an offence under this clause whether the noises or sounds are caused or allowed to be caused by a conscious or unconscious act, omission or default or by any other means or method whatsoever.

Should you have an enquiry or concern regarding a nuisance animal, please lodge a Customer Action Request. An investigation will then take place by one of our Authorised Officers.

 

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