Cat and dog permits

Brisbane City Council regulates the keeping of cats and dogs under the Animals Local Law 2017.

When you need a permit

You will need a permit if you keep more than:

  • three cats
  • two dogs, with no more than four over the age of three months unless you are a breeder.

If you have two dogs registered with Council, you do not need a permit.

Council will not normally grant a cat or dog permit under the following circumstances if:

  • the animals live at a property that is not a single detached dwelling (e.g. a unit or townhouse)
  • the animals live at a property that is less than 400 square metres
  • you were not permitted to hold a similar cat or dog permit from another local government; and
  • the keeper is not a breeder and the cats/dogs that make up the permit application have not been desexed.

Queensland Government law states any person who breeds, sells or gives away dogs must be on the state-wide breeder register. A dog breeder must provide the supply number that identifies them as a breeder to Council. 

Coronavirus and animal permit assessments

In response to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the Australian and Queensland Governments have implemented public health control measures requiring social distancing.

The personal safety of Brisbane residents, visitors, and contractors is our top priority. As such, there are necessary changes to the way Council carries out assessments of permits where that permit involves a site inspection by a Council Officer. Council Officers will no longer attend private residences for the purpose of assessment of animal permit applications. Alternatively, officers may request that applicants provide photographs electronically or confirm information such as property measurements to assist with the progressing the permit application.

Current applications with Council

Existing applications will be reviewed, and applicants may be requested to provide further information electronically to enable their application to progress. 

New applications

Applicants should ensure photographs of their animal enclosure are attached to the application which clearly show:

  • how the animal(s) will be prevented from escaping
  • food storage areas
  • any enclosures created for the animal(s)
  • any other images that may assist the officer in making a decision about the permit application.

If you require assistance with completion of your permit application, or require advice about your current permit application, you can request to speak to an Animal Management Officer via Council’s 24-hour Contact Centre by phoning 07 3403 8888.

We are monitoring all developments on the virus and its potential impact on our city’s services, facilities and events. As updates are available, they will be included on Council’s website. For more information, contact Council on 07 3403 8888. 

We are working closely with Queensland Health and the Australian Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health. As the state’s lead agency on coronavirus, Queensland Health is providing the necessary advice to all Queenslanders including current travel bans, self-quarantine and information on how to best protect yourself and others. For health advice, visit the Queensland Health website


The following fees are required when you lodge your application to Council:

  • application fee - $286.70
  • annual permit fee - $175.35
  • application to amend condition(s) of permit by permit holder - $111.35.

The initial application fee includes the first year's permit fee. Council will refund the annual permit fee for unsuccessful applications. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) does not apply to these fees.

How to apply

Registration for dogs

If your application relates to dogs, you must register them first. Discounted registration fees apply to some categories of owners.

Development approval

You may require development approval depending on your location and activity (e.g. a home based business or animal keeping). If the keeping of animals is authorised under a development approval issued by Council, you will not require a permit under the Animals Local Law 2017.

Permit application

You can submit an Animal Permit Application online if you require a permit.

Alternatively, complete the animal permit application (PDF - 65kb) form. You can lodge your application by:

  • mailing the form and cheque payment to:
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
  • visiting Council.

Council will contact you within 20 working days to arrange an inspection.

Amendment of permit condition(s)

A permit holder may request Council to amend the conditions of a permit. You can complete the Amendment of Permit Conditions online form if you wish to amend the condition(s) of your animal permit. Please be aware the application must be accompanied with the relevant fee.


After approval, you will receive a permit renewal notice every 12 months.

Other requirements to consider

Queensland Government law requires all cats and dogs be microchipped before selling.


To surrender a permit to keep a cat and/or dog, complete the licence or permit surrender application online form.

More information

For further information, phone Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

Last updated:8 April 2020