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.

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

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

Livestock permit

Self-assessable application

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

Alternatively, complete the hardcopy Keeping of Livestock Self-Assessment application form. You can lodge your application by:

Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.

Full assessment application

Applications for full assessment can be completed through the Application for the Keeping of Livestock in a Residential Area.

Alternatively, complete the hardcopy animal permit application form. 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.

Amendment of permit condition(s)

Complete the Amendment of Permit Conditions online form if you wish to amend the condition(s) of your animal permit.


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:6 April 2020