Additional animal approvals

Council regulates and manages the number of animals allowed on a property through Local Law 2 (Animal Management) 2011 and its subordinate local law.

Use the number of animals allowed by property size tool to determine the maximum number of animals you can keep on your property.

If the size of your property allows you to apply for additional animal/s or you are a recognised breeder, the approval of Council is required. Review the relevant additional animal approval information and make an application.

Additional animal approval

An Additional animal approval allows you to keep a permitted number of animals on your property subject to your adherence to the conditions of the approval; approvals are valid for a period of 12 months.

Complete an Additional animal approval application(PDF, 712KB) and pay the fee. This fee is not refundable.

Council will assess the application and an inspection of the property may be conducted. Minimum standards and conditions for keeping animals are outlined on the application form.

You will be advised of the decision and conditions of approval in writing. 

This approval is not transferable to another person, property or animal.

Renewal of approval

The approval is valid for a twelve-month period (1 October to 30 September) which expires on 30 September each year unless previously surrendered or cancelled.

Approvals are renewed each year at no cost and approval holders will receive a letter from Council regarding their renewal outlining any action they need to take. 

Replacement of animals kept under the approval

Approval holders are not permitted to replace an animal being kept under an Additional animal approval.

To replace an approved animal a new application is required.

Cancellation of the approval

If an approval is no longer required (request for cancellation) or if any circumstances relating to the approval should change, notification should be submitted to council in writing.

Additional animal approval - Breeder premise

An Additional animal approval - Breeder premise allows you to keep a permitted number of animals on your property for the term of the approval and if you adhere to the conditions of the approval. 

There is a requirement for dog breeders to be a registered breeder in accordance with the State’s Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2009.  You must meet the requirements of that act also with the State Government.

Breeder additional animal approval applications will not be approved for more than 6 dogs or 6 cats.

Complete an Additional animal approval application(PDF, 712KB) and pay the fee. This fee is not refundable.

Council will assess the application and an inspection of the property may be conducted. Minimum standards and conditions for keeping animals are outlined on the application form.

You will be advised of the decision and conditions of approval in writing.

The approval is valid for a twelve-month period (1 October to 30 September) which expires on 30 September each year unless previously surrendered or cancelled.

This approval is not transferable to another person or property.

Renewal of approval

Current approval holders will receive a letter from Council regarding their 2021/21 renewal and any action they need to take. 

Replacement of animals kept under the approval

Approval holders are permitted to replace an animal being held under an Additional animal approval, provided the number of animals being kept on the premises does not exceed the number of animals that have been approved.

Cancellation of the approval

If an approval is no longer required (request for cancellation) or if any circumstances relating to the approval should change, notification should be submitted to council in writing.