Animal Permit (Brisbane) - Queensland


You need an animal permit to do any of the following:

  • guard dog - keeping one to four dogs on commercial premises without a handler for the purpose or apparent purpose of acting as a deterrent to intruders
  • domestic dogs - keeping more than two domestic dogs
  • cattery - keeping more than three cats not for breeding or showing
  • breeder or show - breeding, sale or boarding of dogs and cats. Includes keeping more than two racing dogs (greyhounds or whippets)
  • pet shop - keeping animals for the purposes of operating a pet shop
  • racehorse - keeping a horse which is kept or used for or in connection with the business or sport of horse racing or trotting.

A permit is not required for the private sale of the first litter borne by a domestic cat or dog.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Keeping of animals must comply with all relevant city plan provisions, local laws and Queensland Government legislation. You must also meet the conditions set out in the relevant animal permit conditions.

You require development approval under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 as well as an animal permit for the following:

  • commercial operation of a cattery of more than 10 cats
  • commercial operation of a boarding or breeding kennel
  • commercial operation of a greyhound training facility
  • operating a pet shop
  • operating a racing stable.

Contact council for further information about applying for a development approval. You may need development approval for stables or other structures.

Council will consider the following factors in deciding whether to grant this permit:

  • 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.


An animal permit (excluding racehorses) is issued for 1 year, and can be renewed annually via councils website or call centre. A racehorse permit for the keeping of racehorses requires a new initial application each year..


You can obtain a schedule of fees from council. Fees and conditions are subject to change. To ensure that you receive the most accurate information, refer to council website.

Local law(s) name

Brisbane City Council - Animals Local Law 2003 (Consolidated version 2009) Part 2 Division 1

Application process

Complete the Animal permit application form, mail to the address on the front of the form, or submit it at a council office.

Note: A Permit to Operate a pet shop and a Permit to keep a racehorse can alternatively be submitted through the online SmartForm.

You must supply all mandatory information and documentation when making an application. If your application is substantially incomplete, or incorrect, council will not be able to process the application. Council will not refund fees in this case. You may need to pay a resubmission fee if you resubmit an application that has previously been refused for this reason.

Incomplete or incorrect applications may be rejected by Brisbane City Council. For further information or clarification, please contact council.

Transfer process

This permit cannot be transferred.

Additional information

The local law requires you to comply with certain conditions when keeping animals:

  • minimum standards for keeping of animals apply in all situations, whether or not a permit is required
  • animal permit conditions apply if a permit is required and granted by council.

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Brisbane City Council

Operating address: Library & Customer Centre, 266 George Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1434
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Fax: 07 3403 9982
Website: Brisbane City Council (Opens in new window)