Domestic Animals in Brisbane
Basically, if you keep an animal in Brisbane, you need to have
a permit. The Animals Local Law 2003 covering the Brisbane City Council area
covers the keeping of dogs, cats, poultry, and horses.
People new to Brisbane
must register their dog within 28 days of moving to the Brisbane City Council
area. Dogs must be kept securely inside your property and in public, they must
be kept on a leash. Just think, if your dog attacks a person or another animal,
you will have to pay a heavy fine and your dog may be declared dangerous (and
even destroyed) so it's important to follow these rules.
Also, make sure you pick up and dispose of your dog's droppings when in
public areas and make sure you carry a bag or container for your dog's
droppings when you walk your dog. If your caught not following these rules,
you'll be fined. It's just not worth it.
It's also important to keep in mind that you could be fined if your dog's
barking is less than acceptable. By this we mean that between 7am - 10pm, limit
your dog's barking to less than six minutes in any hour and between10pm - 7am
limit barking to less than three minutes in any half hour. Check the Brisbane City Council website for more information .
It's not all bad news though! Brisbane City Council has allocated special off-leash
areas in some parks where your dog can run around without a leash. At most of
these areas you'll find fencing, water, bins to dispose of dog droppings, shaded
areas and seating. Check here for details of an off-leash area near you.
CatsThe rules for cats in Brisbane
are different to those for dogs. In Brisbane
you can keep up to three cats without a permit. If you want to keep more than
three cats, you must apply for a cattery permit.
Brisbane City Council has limited jurisdiction over domestic cats.
Nevertheless, because cats haven't quite lost their killer instincts, please
keep your cat indoors at night to protect native wildlife.
HorsesAs long as it's not a racehorse, you don't need a permit to keep a horse.
There are some conditions however. You must not keep your hours in an area less
than 800 m˛; the horse's premises need to be completely clean; manure must be
picked up daily, stored in weather and rat-proof containers and emptied at
least weekly; and you must use fly control measures such as insecticides or
RacehorsesTo keep a racehorse, you need to have a permit and contact the Brisbane City
Council to register any premises you use to stable your racehorse. As with
domestic horses, there are some basic guidelines you need to follow if you keep
a racehorse in Brisbane.
- Keep your racehorse behind a fence or in an
- Collect and dispose of any manure dropped by
your racehorse to and from the stables
- Waste must be disposed of in an environmentally
friendly manner without causing odour or endangering people's health and
PoultryThis might surprise you, but in Brisbane,
you are able to keep chickens. For premises with an area of more than 800m˛ you
can keep up to 20 fowl (including ducks, geese and peacocks) without a permit. On
the other hand, if you've got less than 800m2 of space the most you can have is
six fowl. The good news is that you don't have to keep them in an enclosure. If
you have a poultry shed, this must be set back at least one metre from a
dividing fence. Some things to keep in mind are that you must:
The one fowl you can't have in Brisbane
is roosters. Roosters are not allowed on any premises in a residential zone but
can be kept in a non-residential area. Guidelines for keeping household
poultry can be obtained from the Department of Primary Industries.
- replace water daily
- keep conditions clean and hygienic,
preventing smells and flies
- store food in pest-proof
(to discourage pests such as rats and mice)
- pick up all manure and
place in containers at least once a week
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