The Animals Local Law 2017 (local law) sets out the requirements for keeping livestock in Brisbane.

Livestock means any animal that can be farmed, whether kept for farming or domestic purposes. It includes any variants or miniatures of those animals.

Examples of livestock include horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, deer, poultry, emus, ostriches, peafowls and alpacas.

Under the local law, a permit is required if livestock is kept in a residential area, except a rural or rural residential area. A permit is not required if the keeping of the animal is authorised under a development approval issued by Council.

Residential area

Areas considered to be residential areas under the local law are areas lawfully used for accommodation activities under Brisbane City Plan 2014.

Accommodation activities currently include:

  • caretaker's accommodation
  • community residence
  • dual occupancy
  • dwelling house
  • multiple dwelling
  • non-residential workforce accommodation
  • relocatable home park
  • residential care facility
  • retirement facility
  • rooming accommodation
  • short-term accommodation
  • tourist park.

How to apply

To apply for a self-assessable livestock permit, complete the Application for the Keeping of Livestock in a residential area online form.

Applications for full assessment can be completed through the animal permit application and you can lodge your application by:

Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.

You will be contacted within 20 working days to arrange an inspection.


From 1 July 2019, the keeping of livestock in a residential area requires a permit. You may be eligible for a self-assessment permit if you are able to meet the requirements stated in the application.

Fees to keep livestock in a residential area 2019-20.
Fee type Fee
Self-assessable permit fee $84.90
Application fee for full-assessment (includes first years permit fee) $286.70
Annual permit fee (full-assessment applications only) $175.35
Application to amend conditions of permit by the permit holder


Last updated:24 June 2019