Keeping and Owning Multiple Pets

Owning multiple pets is a greater responsibility for any member of the community. The Whitehorse Community Local Law 2014 ( PDF 202.61KB) lists how many animals you can keep on your property without a permit. 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.

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.

Type of Bird or Animal

Small Premises (property under 450 square meters in size)

Other Premises

Dogs 1 3
Cats 1 3
Dogs / Cats 1 4
(includes a maximum of 3 dogs or 3 cats)

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

Annual Fee (Ex-GST)

  1. Standard fee: $112.00
  2. Pensioner fee: $52.00 

NOTE: To be eligible to lodge an application under pensioner fee, you are required to provide a copy of your pensioner card.

Permit Application

Whitehorse City Council requires residents to pay a permit fee and apply for a permit to keep more than the specified number of pets including dogs and cats and other animals on their property. You can apply for a permit on-line.

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