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Domestic Animal Business

The Hepburn Shire is responsible for the registration of domestic animal businesses.

Under the Domestic Animal Act 1994, a domestic animal business is:

  • A Council pound (operated by the Council or a contractor on behalf of Council).
  • A dog and/or cat breeding business – where there are three or more fertile females and animals are sold (whether a profit is made or not), and the proprietor is not a member of an Applicable Organisation. If the proprietor is a member of an Applicable Organisation, they are exempt from registering as a breeding Domestic Animal Business if they have less than 10 fertile female animals AND no more than 2 are not registered with an Applicable Organisation.
  • dog training establishment (where the business is run for profit).
  • pet shop (operated in a permanent location that must be open at least 5 days per week).
  • An animal shelter (e.g. welfare organisations such as the RSPCA and The Lost Dogs’ Home).
  • An establishment boarding dogs or cats (where the business is run for profit to provide overnight, daycare or homecare boarding).
  • An establishment that is rearing dogs or cats (where the business is run for profit).

All domestic animal businesses must be registered annually and comply with the appropriate mandatory Code of Practice. Council will often require an inspection of the facilities prior to registration each year. Council is required to report the number of domestic animal businesses registered with them to the department on an annual basis.

Currently, there are three registered and compliant domestic animal businesses (boarding establishments):

  • Merecats Resorts
  • Hilltop Kennels and Cattery
  • Creswick Boarding Kennels

To register a domestic animal business, complete the application form.

Further information

For further information, contact Council on 5348 2306 186 or visit the State Government’s Agriculture Victoria website which sets out recommended minimum standards and practices for the keeping of a wide range of species and animal related.

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