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Owning multiple pets

Owning multiple pets

If you keep more than 2 cats or 2 dogs you will need a permit. These limits are set to help protect pets' health and prevent inconvenience to your neighbours.

Anyone who keeps more animals than allowed faces an on-the-spot fine of $400.

If you own or occupy property in an urban zone, you cannot keep more than 4 different types of animals unless you have our approval. You must also limit the number of each type of animal, as per the table below.

There are separate restrictions on the number of birds you can own. See Keeping birds and poultry.

To apply for this pet permit, download and complete an application form below.

Types of animal

Dogs

  • maximum of 2 dogs are allowed on land less than 0.4 hectares
  • maximum of 4 dogs are allowed on land between 0.4 and 2 hectares

Cats

  • maximum of 2 cats allowed on land less than 0.4 hectares
  • maximum of 4 cats allowed on land between 0.4 hectares and 2 hectares

Horses/donkeys

  • no horses or donkeys are allowed on land less than 0.4 hectares
  • maximum of 1 donkey/horse allowed per hectare on land between 0.4 and 2 hectares

Cattle

  • cattle is not allowed on land less than 0.4 hectares
  • maximum of 1 cattle per hectare on land between 0.4 and 2 hectares

Sheep

  • sheep are not allowed on land less than 0.4 hectares
  • maximum of 1 sheep per hectare on land between 0.4 and 2 hectares

Goats

  • goats are not allowed on land less than 0.4 hectares
  • maximum of 1 goat per hectare on land between 0.4 and 2 hectares

Pigs

  • No pigs are allowed on land less than 2 hectares