Pet shops and animal permits

Dog grooming catBrisbane City Council has legislation around selling cats or dogs and also regarding the number of cats and dogs that you are allowed to keep.

Pet shop permit

Council requires any person or business selling cats or dogs in Brisbane to hold a current pet shop permit.

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The pet shop permit conditions and application form are available for download:

Lodge your application

Complete the permit application form and lodge it with the $246 (GST exempt) initial permit application fee, with a subsequent renewal fee of $150 (GST exempt) valid from 1 July 2013 by:

  • visiting Council
  • mailing the form and cheque payment to:

    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 589
    Brisbane Qld 4001

Selling a cat or dog

The Queensland Government has passed laws that will affect pet shops in that any cat or dog being sold must be microchipped at the point of sale. More information is available for vets, breeders and pet shops.

Other animal permits

In Brisbane, you can keep up to two dogs without a permit. To keep more than two dogs, but no more than four, you need to apply to Council for a domestic dog permit. All dogs must be desexed.

Check whether you need a cattery permit to keep more than three cats, with a maximum of 10 cats. If you wish to keep cats for breeding or showing purposes, you will need to apply for a breeder/show permit.

Find out more information about cat and dog permits and conditions.