Animal Permit (Brisbane) - Brisbane City Council - Queensland


Brisbane City Council has legislation around the requirements for keeping animals

Cats and dogs

You will need a permit to keep more than three cats, or more than two dogs unless keeping the animal is authorised under a development approval from the council.

Guard dogs

Keeping a guard dog no longer requires a permit. However, there are specific legislative requirements for keeping a guard dog in Brisbane. Find out about the requirements for keeping a guard dog


You must have a permit to keep a racehorse. The fees depend on the number of horses to be kept. Find out the requirements and how to apply.


Keeping livestock in a residential area, other than a rural or rural residential area, requires a permit.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Your local council may consider the following factors in deciding whether to grant this approval:

  • the land's physical suitability for the proposed use
  • the structural suitability of enclosures
  • the likelihood of the animals causing nuisance, inconvenience, or annoyance to the occupiers of the 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 case.

If you intend to keep a beehive you must register as a beekeeper with Biosecurity Queensland.


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.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Local law(s) name

Animals Local Law 2003

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.
Animal welfare practices

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Contact details

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Brisbane City Council

Operating address: Library and Customer Centre
Level 1
266 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1434
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Phone: 13 32 63
Website: Brisbane City Council (Opens in new window)