Permit to Keep Animals - South Gippsland Shire Council - Victoria


You will require this permit if you intend to keep animals. In some cases this permit will only be required where the number of animals exceeds a limit set by the council. Your council will outline the types of animals covered by this permit.

The sorts of animals typically covered include:

  • cats and dogs
  • reptiles and amphibians
  • guinea pigs
  • birds and poultry.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Permits are issued to the Animal Owner and all animals must be registered with the South Gippsland Shire Council. The maximum number of dogs and cats allowed on a property in a residential area is 2 dogs and 2 cats. If you wish to keep more than this, you must obtain a permit from Council. Please consult the Council directly for more information on this permit.


Permits are issued for up to one year and are subject to an annual renewal process, payable by the 10th April each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $55.85

Registration Fee for:

  • Sterilised dogs or cats
  • Dogs or cats over 10 years of age
  • Working dog
  • Dog kept for breeding in accordance with Domestic Animal Business guidelines
  • Dog has undergone obedience training
Fees for 2021-22
Apply Application All $317.70 Registration Fees for Restricted dogs, Dangerous dogs or Menacing dog breeds. Fees for 2021-22
Apply Application All $164.45 Registration fees for Unsterilised Dogs or Cats. Fees for 2021-22

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2020 Victoria

Local law(s) name

General Local Law 1 2014

Lodgement process


Please submit your application and any associated documentation directly to the Agency.

Administering agency

South Gippsland Shire Council

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Local Laws Officer

South Gippsland Shire Council

Operating address: 9 Smith Street
Leongatha, Victoria 3953
Mailing address: PRIVATE BAG 4
Leongatha, Victoria 3953
Phone: 03 5662 9200
Fax: 03 5662 3754
Website: South Gippsland Shire Council (Opens in new window)

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