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. 

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 ( DOCX 119.1KB) 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

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

1. Standard fee: $110.00

2. Pensioner fee: $51.00 

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

Application

Pet owners wanting to keep more animals should submit the online Multiple Animals Permit Application form and pay the relevant fee. 

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