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Approval to keep animals - Rockhampton Regional Council - Queensland


You may need this approval to keep animals on your property, other than cats and dogs. The animals that require approval will vary according to your location but may include:

  • birds
  • poultry
  • bees
  • livestock (e.g. horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep).

In most circumstances you will not require approval to keep birds or poultry, as long as you do not exceed the allowed number of animals for your property size. If you intend to keep more birds or poultry than the allowed limit, you may need to apply for an approval.

You will need to ensure that any bees kept on your property will not have adverse effects on neighbours and the community.

Livestock refers to any animal that can be farmed, whether kept for farming or domestic purposes. It also includes any variants or miniatures of those animals. There may be restrictions preventing animals, such as livestock, from being kept on small lots of land.

You may not need to apply for this approval if the keeping of the animal is authorised under a development approval issued by the council or local authority.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the council to identify any eligibility requirements.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $240.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $220.00

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $220.00

Amend conditions (excludes new animals). Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process


Step 1: Application Submission

The relevant application form is to be fully completed and lodged with Council along with the relevant fee and mandatory information.

If you are not the owner of the premises where the dogs are to be kept, you will require the owner????????s consent.

If mandatory information is not provided, your application will not be processed.

Step 2: Application Assessment

Council will assess your application against the relevant requirements.

If Council requires further information to decide the application, you will be notified in writing outlining the required information and when it must be received by Council. If the information is not received within the required timeframe, you will be required to make a new application.

An inspection of your premises and dog enclosure will be undertaken to ensure all requirements of the Local Laws are met. Your dogs and enclosure will be photographed.

Step 3: Decision

You will be notified of the decision in writing.

If approved, an annual renewal is required.


This approval cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Rockhampton Regional Council

Contact details

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