Keeping and Owning Multiple Pets

Owning multiple pets is a greater responsibility for any member of the community. The Whitehorse Community Local Law 2014 ( DOCX 58.27KB) lists how many animals you can keep on your property without a permit. 

This helps to ensure the welfare of pets, it is important that they are kept in a healthy environment, and that neighbours are not inconvenienced by the keeping of a large number of pets.

Cats and Dogs

Council has a local law that allows residents to keep a maximum of three dogs or three cats and any combination of the two up to a total of four animals.

Other Animals

Without a permit, the number of animals on one property at any time must not exceed the maximum number set out in the table below.

Whitehorse Council requires residents to obtain a permit to keep more than a particular number of pets ( DOC 402KB) including dogs and cats and other animals on their property.  Limiting the number of pets on a property helps to ensure that your pets are kept in a healthy environment and that neighbours are not inconvenienced your pets.

Type of Bird or Animal

Small Premises (property under 450 square meters in size)

Other Premises

Poultry (excluding roosters)

0

6

Roosters

0

0

Caged birds

5

10

Rabbits

1

5

Rodents

2

6

Reptiles

5

5

Racing pigeons

0

40

Domestic farm animals

Only permitted where there is 2000

square metres of open land per animal

 

All other animals

0

0

Pet owners wanting to keep more animals should download and submit the Multiple Animals Permit Application Form.

If you have excess animals without a permit, Council may issue you a fine.