Cat and dog permits | Brisbane City Council

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
  • keep more than two dogs

Note: you can keep up to two dogs without a permit as long as they are registered with Council.


Payment of fees will be required when you lodge your application to Brisbane City Council.

  • Application fee: $279.70.
  • Annual Permit fee: $171.05.

Note: Initial application fee includes first year's permit fee. If application is unsuccessful the annual permit fee will be refunded. GST does not apply to these fees.

How to apply

  1. Registration for dogs
    If your application relates to dogs, they first need to be registered. Discounted registration fees apply to some categories of owners.
  2. Development Approval
    Development approval may be required depending on the location and activity. If the keeping of the animals is authorised under a development approval issued by Council, a permit under the Animals Local Law 2017 will no longer be required.
  3. Permit Application
    Complete the Animal permit application (PDF - 65kb) form and you can lodge your application by:
    • mailing the form and cheque payment to:
      Brisbane City Council
      GPO Box 1434
      Brisbane Qld 4001
    • visiting Council

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


After approval has been given, you will receive a permit renewal notice every 12 months. Find out more about dog registration renewals

Other requirements to consider

Queensland Government law requires all cats and dogs being sold to be microchipped.

From May 2017, Queensland Government law states that any person that breeds, sells or gives away dogs must be registered on their state-wide breeder register.


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 on 07 3403 8888, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

12 October 2018