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Keeping Animals

Depending on what animals you want to keep and where you live, you may need an animal permit and/or a planning permit.

You don't need an animal permit

  • To keep up to two dogs and cats
  • To keep poultry (such as chickens and ducks). You must comply with the General Provisions Local Law Part 15 - Animals. If you do not comply, you may be required to remove your poultry.

When do I need a permit?

  • To keep more than two dogs or two cats
  • To keep a rooster, goose, turkey, peafowl, cockatoo or galah or any other bird that is not a domestic bird on a residential premises (less than 4000 square metres in area).
  • To keep a farm animal on a residential premises (less than 4000 square metres in area). Find out more about farm animals in the General Provisions Local Law 2012 (PDF, 555KB).

Apply for a one year Animal Permit (DOCX, 213KB) or to find out if you also need a planning permit talk to a planner.

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