If you want to keep more than the permitted number of animals, mammals or birds on your property (see table below), you need to apply for an Excess Animal Permit.

Animal type

Number allowed
without a permit

Dogs (aged over 3 months) 2
Cats (aged over 3 months) 2
Ferrets 2
Rabbits, guinea pigs and mice 5
Rats 0
Roosters, pea fowl or guinea fowl 0
Chickens and pheasants 6
Turkeys, ducks and geese 2
Poultry (other than those specified above) 4
Domestic birds (non-poultry) 20
Farm animals 0

Step 1: Submit your application

Complete the Application for an Excess Animal Permit and submit it to Council offices.

With your application, you'll need to provide:

  • details of sanitation, shelter and food storage for the animals
  • details or any structures you have built or plan to build to house them
  • a photo of each animal
  • proof that dogs and cats have been desexed and microchipped
  • a diagram showing your property has enough space to house the animals and they are not located too close to your neighbours to be noisy or a nuisance

You also need to pay $114 for an Excess Animal Permit.

You can pay by mail or in person. If you wish to pay by credit card, include your credit card details in the application form.

It's important to note that the fee will not be refunded if your application is unsuccessful.

Step 2: Contact your neighbours

We'll let your neighbours know about your request and give them the opportunity to comment.

Step 3: Application is assessed

We'll let you know if your application has been approved. We'll contact you if we have any questions.

For laws related to owning a dog or cat in Victoria, see the Victorian Law Foundation's Animal laws booklet.

Contact us

For further information please contact us on 9278 4444 or email [email protected]

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