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
  • two dogs with no more than four (over the age of three months), unless you are a breeder

If you have two dogs registeredwith Council, you do not need a permit.

When Council would not ordinarily grant a permit

Council would not ordinarily grant a cat or dog permit under the following circumstances if:

  • the animal lives on the premise that is not a single detached dwelling (e.g. a unit or townhouse)
  • the animal lives on the premise that is less than 400m²
  • 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 is $279.70
  • annual permit fee is $171.05.

The initial application fee includes the first year's permit fee. Council will refund the annual permit fee for unsuccessful applications. 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 the location and activity (e.g. a home based business or animal keeping). If the keeping of the animals is authorised under a development approval issued by Council, you will not require a permit under the Animals Local Law 2017.

Permit application

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.


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 on 07 3403 8888 or the Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

15 November 2018