Keeping of animals other than dogs or cats (Mackay) - Queensland

Service summary

You need a permit in order to:

  • breed, board or keep animals on a commercial basis
  • operate fishing parks
  • keep any animals for hire or sale.

The number of animals you may keep in a particular area depends on the size of your site.

Keeping of animals is regulated to:

  • protect the community against risk of injury and damage
  • ensure that animals do not create a nuisance, or a hazard to health and safety
  • prevent pollution and other environmental damage resulting from the keeping of animals and
  • protect the amenity of the local environment, and
  • ensure that animals are kept and used in a way that is consistent with the rights and expectations of the local community.

The number of animals kept in a particular area is dependent upon the size of the site.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Animal

includes a fish, bird or reptile and may include:

goats, horses, cattle, poultry, noisy birds, pigs, peacocks or peahens, donkeys, llamas, alpaca, deer, sheep, ostriches, emus.

Enclosure

means a structure or thing which confines an animal to a particular physical space including a cage, building, stable, fenced area.

Duration

Council determines the length of this approval.

Fees

Contact council to determine applicable fees.

Application

Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

To obtain this licence, you must:

  • provide written evidence that occupiers or owners of neighbouring properties either support or object to the application
  • obtain prior licensing from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in order to keep native species.
You may need planning approval for stables or other structures.

Additional information

Council may consider the following factors in deciding whether to grant this licence:

  • the land's physical suitability for the proposed use
  • the structural suitability of enclosures in which you intend to keep animals
  • the likelihood of the animals causing nuisance, inconvenience or annoyance to the occupiers of adjoining land
  • the likely effect on the amenity of the surrounding area
  • the likely effect on the local environment and any possible pollution or other environmental damage
  • other relevant factors to the circumstances of the particular case.

Administering agency

Mackay Regional Council

Local law(s) name

Mackay Regional Council - Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Mackay Regional Council - Subordinate Local Law 1.5 (Keeping of Animals) 2011

Mackay Regional Council - Local Law 2 (Animal Management) 2011

Mackay Regional Council - Subordinate Local Law 2 (Animal Management) 2011

Contact details

Environmental Health Officer
Mackay Regional Council


Operating address:
73 Gordon Street
Mackay, Queensland 4740
Mailing address:
PO BOX 41
Mackay, Queensland 4740

Phone:

1300622529

Fax:

07 4944 2400
council@mackay.qld.gov.au

Website:

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