Hobsons Bay City Council - Animal & Pet Permits

Animal & Pet Permits

Animal & Pet Permits

Hobsons Bay City Council has adopted a new Domestic Animals Management Plan for 2017-21, to view the plan, please click on the link in the related content at the bottom of the page.  


Maximum number of animals allowed

There are restrictions on the number of animals or birds you can keep, depending on the type of property you live in. If you wish to keep more than the allowed number of animals a permit is required. A non-refundable application fee of $150 applies. You may also require a permit to keep certain animals.


Type of animal
All properties (except flats and units)
Flats and units
 Dogs  2 1
 Cats  2  1
 Poultry  10  Not permitted
 Domestic birds
 10  5
 Large birds
 2  Not permitted
 Pigeons  10  Not permitted
 Racing pigeons
 60  Not permitted
 Domestic mice
 2  2
 Guinea pigs and ferrets
 2  Not permitted
 Rabbits  2  Not permitted
 Fish  No maximum limit
 No maximum limit
 Tortoises, frogs etc.
 No maximum limit
 No maximum limit
 Horses, donkeys etc.  0  Not permitted
 Cattle  0  Not permitted
 Sheep  0  Not permitted
 Goats  0  Not permitted
 Pigs  0  Not permitted
 Other agricultural animals  0  Not permitted


Birds & small caged animals

Birds and other small caged animals are required to be kept in suitable structures to ensure a safe and hygienic environment. These requirements not only protect the welfare of the animals or birds, they ensure that neighbouring properties are not affected by noise or odour.


Horses, donkeys & livestock

Horses, donkeys, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other agricultural animals are not permitted without a permit.

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