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Excess Animal Permit

How many animals can I keep?

The maximum number of dogs and cats allowed in residences less than 0.5 hectares (1.24 acres) is two dogs and two cats.

However, if you live on a property between 0.5 and 2 hectares (4.9 acres), you may have up to three dogs and four cats. If you wish to keep more than the maximum number, you must apply for an Excess Animal Permit.

Please use the table below from the Local Law No 1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2012 as a guideline on the number of animals you can keep.

These guidelines as determined by the Council from time to time are incorporated in the Local Law to determine what numbers and types of animal may be kept, whether an offence has occurred and whether to issue a permit to keep excess animals.

How to apply for an Excess Animal Permit

Please complete the form below and ensure all sections of the application are completed with the required documents attached. Please email applications to or hand in your application at one of our customer service centres.

To see the relevant costs associate with this permit, please visit our Fees and Charges page.

Domestic Animal Business Permits

If you intend to breed, board or open a pet shop or animal shelter then you'll likely need a Domestic Animal Business Permit and/or a planning permit.

Click here for more information about Domestic Animal Business Permits, planning permits and how to apply.