Racehorse permits

Brisbane City Council regulates the keeping of racehorses under the Animals Local Law 2017. 

Coronavirus update - Fencing/keeping inspections for livestock and racehorses

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 regulatory fencing and keeping inspections for racehorse and livestock permits. As a result of this, Council officers will contact permit holders prior to attending by telephone. 

 Prior to officer attendance, permit holders are required to:

  • make arrangements to secure their animal; and
  • remain inside their premises whilst the officer carries out the inspection. 

For information, when carrying out the inspection, officers have been instructed to wear protective gloves. If communication with the attending officer is necessary during the inspection, contact is to occur via mobile telephone.

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, call 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 www.health.qld.gov.au

When you need a permit

You must have a permit to keep a racehorse unless keeping the racehorse is authorised under a development approval issued by Council. You must also contact Council to register any premises for stabling racehorses in Brisbane.


A permit holder may request Council to amend the conditions of a permit. Payment of fees will be required when you lodge your application to Council. The number of racehorses kept will determine the annual permit fee.

The following fees are current as at 1 July 2019.

Racehorse fee structure summary.
Number of racehorses Permit fee (GST exempt)
1-9 $293.35
10-14 $487.40
15-19 $584.45
20-24 $649.55
25 or more $731.15

Application to amend conditions of permit by permit holder: $111.35

How to apply

  1. Development approval
    Development approval may be required to keep racehorses depending on the location.  If the keeping of racehorses is authorised by a development approval, a permit under the Animals Local Law 2017 will not be required.
  2. Permit application
    Complete the Application for a permit to keep a racehorse online form and pay the application using a Visa or Mastercard.
    You will be contacted within 20 working days to arrange an inspection. 

Alternatively you can apply by completing the hard copy form

Amendment of permit condition(s)

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


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


To surrender a permit to keep a racehorse, complete the Licence or permit surrender application online form.

More information

For further information phone Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last updated:6 April 2020