In Mitchell you can have 2 dogs and 2 cats in a semi-rural or residential area. In rural areas, you can have up to 6 dogs and 4 cats.
Please note: if your property is in the Urban Growth Area and is less than 0.4 hectares, it follows the rules for residential properties.
|Area||Maximum dogs||Maximum cats||Livestock numbers|
|Rural||6||4||Not limited by Local Law but Planning Scheme controls may apply.|
|Semi-rural||2||2||Extra Animal Permit required for properties under 0.4 hectare. Planning Scheme controls may apply.|
|Residential*||2||2||Pigs and roosters not permitted. Extra Animal Permit required. Planning Scheme controls may apply.|
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.
- 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 will 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.
Applying for a permit for electric fencing
If you are in a residential area or urban growth area (for properties under 1 acre or 4000 square metres) you must have a permit for electric fencing. Go to electric fencing permits.
This page was last updated on 1 July 2021.