Permitted number of pets

If you keep multiple pets or birds, you may need an Excess Animal Permit, in addition to registering your dogs and cats.

This permit must be renewed annually, and may be cancelled if you no longer meet the permit conditions.

After you apply, we will inspect your property and consult your neighbours to ensure your property is suitable.

When you need a permit

You will need an Excess Animal Permit to keep the following animals:

  • more than 2 cats, or
  • more than 2 dogs, or
  • more than 4 rodents (rats, ferrets, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs), or
  • more than 30 birds, or
  • more than 8 poultry (ducks, geese, hens)

The maximum number of dogs or cats you can keep is 5, regardless of your property size. If you need to keep more than this for breeding or rescue purposes, you must hold a planning permit.

Excess animal permits apply to the specific owner, property and animals specified in the application, and are not transferrable. If you move or the animals at the property change, you must re-apply and pay another permit fee.

Apply for an Excess Animal and Birds Permit here(PDF, 490KB)