Pet shop licence (Mareeba) - Queensland

Service summary

You require this licence to operate a pet shop within the local council area.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Pet shop

means a shop at which animals are offered for sale.


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

Additional information

Councils regulate pet shops in order to:

  • protect the amenity of the local environment
  • ensure that animals are kept and used in a way that is consistent with the rights and expectations of the local community
  • prevent pollution and other environmental damage resulting from the keeping of animals.

Conditions of approval

Council may approve a permit under certain conditions, including:

  • At any time during the term (without the need for notice) an authorised person may
    1. inspect the premises specified in the application
    2. inspect any records you, and/or the owner of the premises and/or the owner of the pet shop hold that relate to operating the pet shop
    3. seize and impound any animal if you (or anyone else) breach the terms of the permit.
  • You must comply with any representation or statement contained in the original permit application.
  • At all times, you must maintain the pet shop in good order and in a clean and sanitary condition, including
    1. thoroughly cleaning the enclosures each day and disinfecting them at least once a week to minimise disease
    2. not keeping any sick or ailing animal on the premises.

Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 pet shops, as suppliers of cats and dogs, must microchip cats and dogs before they are given away or sold to new owners.

A voluntary Queensland Code of Practice for Pet Shops provides guidelines for the care and management of cats, dogs and other animals sold through pet shops. The voluntary code of practice is available online from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' website.

Administering agency

Mareeba Shire Council

Contact details

Mareeba Shire Council

Operating address:
65 Rankin Street
Mareeba, Queensland 4880
Mailing address:
PO BOX 154
Mareeba, Queensland 4880


1300 308 461

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