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Animals

Keeping animals

How many animals you can keep on your land

Use the below table to check how many animals of each kind can be kept on your property (applies to both owners and occupiers of the land).

If the number of animals exceeds the listed number, you must have a permit.

Permitted number of animals per land type

AnimalResidential or land under 0.4 hectaresRural or land over 0.4 hectaresZoned farming land
Cats234
CattlePermit requiredControls may apply. See below.Controls may apply. See below.
Dogs236
Domestic birds2030Controls may apply. See below.
Domestic rabbits46Controls may apply. See below.
Ferrets24Controls may apply. See below.
Geese22Controls may apply. See below.
GoatsPermit requiredControls may apply. See below.Controls may apply. See below.
Guinea pigs46Controls may apply. See below.
Horses and donkeysPermit requiredControls may apply. Exemption equine areasControls may apply. See below.
PigsNot permittedPermit requiredControls may apply. See below.
Poultry1020Controls may apply. See below.
RoostersNot permittedPermit requiredControls may apply. See below.
SheepPermit requiredControls may apply. See below.Controls may apply. See below.
Other (not listed)Permit requiredControls may apply. See below.Controls may apply. See below.

Controls may apply

The number of animals is not limited by local law, however, planning scheme controls may apply.

Please contact Council's planning department for more information.

Apply for extra animals

To have extra animals on your property you must apply for an extra animals permit. Planning scheme controls may also apply.

To apply:

  • complete an additional animal permit form (download below)
  • you must obtain consent from your neighbours to have the additional animals before you submit your application
  • return the form and neighbours consent to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres and pay the fee; or
  • return your documents to Mitchell Shire Council and request an invoice be emailed to you to make payment

When we receive your application, we may arrange to inspect your property.

We will review the zoning of your land, the type and number of animals you want to keep and more. If a permit is issued conditions will apply.

When to update your permit

From 10 April 2019, Additional Animal Permits will be lifetime permits.

You must notify Council and seek a new permit if:

  • the number of animals changes
  • the type of animals changes
  • you move to a different property

Bringing livestock on roads

If you own or are in charge of livestock and they go onto a road, you must apply for either a livestock droving permit below or livestock grazing permit.

To apply:

More information

Downloads

This page was last updated on 1 September 2022.