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. 


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: 20 May 2020