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Along with registering your dog or cat, you will need a Local Law Permit to own excess cats or dogs, or to own various other animals.
A permit to keep excess dogs and cats allows you to apply to keep more than the approved number of cats and dogs. For example, if you are moving to a residential property in Hepburn Shire with three cats, you would need to apply for a permit to register all three cats. See the table below for details.
Apply for an Excess Cats and Dogs Permit
Owning other animals
If you own pets or farm animals (other than dogs or cats) in the Shire, you need to meet some state and local government requirements. These requirements help to:
Certain types of animals require a permit, as there are obligations that must be met – e.g. you must have sufficient space and provide appropriate care, including additional feed if needed, and adequate protection from the weather. See the table below for maximum numbers of pets and types allowed, as detailed in Hepburn Shire Council's Local Law No. 2.
Request a permit to keep other animals
Type of Animal
Max. no. allowed in a residential area having a land size under 2500sq metres
Max. no. allowed in a residential area having a land size between 2500 and 4000sq metres
Max. no. allowed in a residential area having land size between 4000sq metres and 2 hectares
Max. no. allowed in a non-residential area regardless of land size
No permit required
Horses / donkeys
Other agricultural animals