Permit to Keep Animals - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to keep more than 2 cats or dogs, 10 pigeons, poultry or domestic mice, 2 guinea pigs or domestic rabbits, or 6 rodents or reptiles on less than 2 hectares of land.

You will also require this permit if your property is in a residential area and you intend to keep large birds (such as emus, ostriches and turkeys), horses or donkeys, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, roosters, camels or other agricultural animals.

If you live in a farming area (or intend to house these animals in a farming area) and wish to keep more than 4 cats or dogs you will also require this permit.

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions

The holder of a Scientific Procedures Premises Licence (SPPL) or Scientific Procedures Fieldwork Licence (SPFL) is exempt from the cat and dog registration and identification requirements of the Act provided that the cat or dog:

  • is owned by that holder
  • is housed on scientific premises specified on the SPPL or on premises authorised by the SPFL for the carrying out of scientific procedures
  • has been bred for use in a scientific procedure or is being used or is intended to be used in a scientific procedure or is being used for use in scientific procedures
  • is individually identified in a manner commensurate with the Act.

The holder of a SPPL, SPFL or Specified Animals Breeding Licence (SABL) is exempt from the need to register a domestic animal business with a Council.

If the holder if a SPPL, SPFL or SABL sells a pet shop animal that has been used in research or teaching, the holder is exempt from the offence for a person to sell pet shop animals outside places other than private residences or a premises that is registered as a domestic animal business for that purpose.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the responsible council for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

As specified on the permit.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$74.20

Fees for 2016-17.

Additional information

You must provide a vendor declaration to the receiver of a pig if you intend to dispatch it for slaughter or sale at an abattoir or sale-yard. Selling agents must provide a copy of the vendor declaration to the purchaser of the animal. You must keep a copy of it for 3 year to have available for inspection if you receive a vendor declaration. This is to prevent the spread of Menangle virus infection (porcine paramyxovirus0 and Bungowannah virus infection (porcine myocarditis).

Administering agency

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1989 (Victoria)

Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (Victoria)

Local law(s) name

General Local Law 2012

Contact details

Local Laws Officer
Northern Grampians Shire Council


Operating address:
Town Hall Complex
59 - 69 Main Street
Stawell, Victoria 3380
Mailing address:
PO BOX 580
Stawell, Victoria 3380

Phone:

03 5358 8700
ngshire@ngshire.vic.gov.au

Website:

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Supporting information

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