Keeping animals on your property

Councils Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014 lists how many animals you can keep on your property.

The local law lists the number and type of animals, birds, pigeons, reptiles and livestock which can be kept, and the conditions in which they are kept.

Permitted numbers for various land sizes are based on preserving the amenity of the area and not creating a nuisance or offensive/dangerous conditions to neighbouring or subject properties.

Points to keep in mind

Clause 23 states:

  1. An owner or occupier of any land must not, without a permit:
    1. keep or allow to be kept more than 6 different types of any Animal on any one parcel of land of 2 hectares or less at any time; and
    2. must not keep or allow to be kept any more in number, for each type of animal, than is set out in the Table of Animal Types and Numbers in this Clause.
    Animal types Flats, units or townhouses On land less than 0.4 hectares in a built up area # On land between 0.4 and 2 hectares #*++
    Dogs (Small = adult dog up to 10 kilograms) 2 small or 1 large 2 4
    Cats 2 2 4
    Poultry (excluding rooster) 0 12  24 
    Large and/or noisy birds (including Roosters) Not allowed Not allowed 5
    Pigeons 0 12 pairs
    20 pairs
    Domestic birds caged, (excluding large and/or noisy birds) 6 30 No limit
    Domestic rabbits, guinea pigs and mice 2 4 No limit
    Horses and donkeys*** Not allowed Not allowed 2***
    Cattle*** Not allowed Not allowed 2***
    Sheep, goats and alpacas***


    0 6***
    Pigs*** Not allowed Not allowed 2***
    Any other livestock*** 0 0 8***
    *** Maximum total number of all livestock

    # 0.4 hectares = 0.99 acres
    2 hectares = 4.94 acres
    * Animal numbers on any private property or land exceeding 2 ha are subject to restrictions applicable under the Planning Scheme.
    ++ Land between 0.4 and 2 ha in rural areas may be permitted to pursue animal husbandry activities under the Planning Scheme. It is recommended enquiries be made of the Council’s Planning Department
  2. Unless contrary to other State or Commonwealth legislation, a Permit is also required to keep or allow to be kept any exotic, wild, dangerous, or large Animal not listed in Sub-clause (1).
  3. For the purpose of calculating the numbers of any Animal kept under Sub-clause (1), the progeny of any Animal lawfully kept will be counted from 12 weeks after its birth.
  4. Where at the date immediately prior to the day of the commencement of this Local Law any owner or occupier of land lawfully keeps a number of Animals in excess of the new maximum number or type of Animals given in the Table of Animal Types and Numbers in Sub-clause (1), and those Animals, where required, are registered with the Council:
    1. that maximum number will be increased for that owner or occupier to include those previously lawful Animals, but only until that time when those individual Animals in excess of the new maximum die or are otherwise disposed of; and
    2. for roosters the time period referred to in Sub-clause (4)(a) cannot exceed two years from the commencement date of this Local Law; and
    3. those excess Animals may not be replaced, unless by Permit.

Guidelines for determining what numbers and types of Animal may be kept, whether an offence has occurred and whether to issue a Permit to keep excess Animals, are in the Local Law Procedure Manual.

Page last updated: Thursday, 30 July 2020