Animal & pet permits

Animal & pet permits

Hobsons Bay City Council has adopted a new Domestic Animals Management Plan for 2013-17. Key objectives of the Plan include to:

  • increase the number of registered domestic animals in the municipality
  • increase the number of micro-chipped domestic animals in order to assist Animal Management Officers with animal identification
  • improve the rate of reuniting impounded dogs with owners
  • maximise animal owner compliance with domestic animal laws, orders and regulations
  • investigate and resolve nuisance animal complaints in accordance with Customer Service completion timelines
  • reduce the number of nuisance cat complaints
  • implement programs that will reduce the likelihood of dog attacks in the community
  • ensure that all owners of declared dogs comply with relevant legislation and regulations.
  • promote the benefits of de-sexing animals to the community
  • increase the rate of re-homing impounded animals
  • conduct a review of the appropriateness of off-leash reserves, in association with the development of the council’s Open Space Strategy


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. 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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