Code of Practice for the Care and Management of Animals in Pet Shops - Australian Capital Territory


You will need to comply with this code if you intend to operate a pet store. The code sets standards for the care and management of all animals for sale and applies to companion animals, produce animals or food animals. The code does not cover animals for sale that are specified in the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals at Saleyards. The standard contains numerous requirements, including those regarding the:

  • provision of accommodation and equipment to suit the physical and behavioural requirements of the animals
  • protection from natural or artificial environmental conditions and humans
  • amount of space needed for the animal to exercise
  • appropriate amounts of water and food for the animal's sustained good health
  • protection from injury, disease and distress
  • level of maintenance needed to ensure hygienic conditions are maintained.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be needed.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Animal Welfare Act 1992 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Animal Welfare Regulation 2001 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate

Parks and Territory Services Division

City Services

Contact details

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