How many pets can I have?

An owner or occupier of land equal to or less than 4,000 square metres can keep a limited number of animals on their property. 

You require a permit from Council if you would like to keep more than:

  • two dogs
  • two cats
  • five rodents (ferret, guinea pig or rabbit) or reptiles (snake, lizard, turtle or tortoise) 
  • 12 poultry (duck, geese, peacock, pheasant, turkey or female chicken)
  • 20 small birds (budgerigar, canary or finch)
  • 20 large birds (pigeon or cockatoo)
  • any rooster

An owner or occupier of land greater than 4,000 square metres but less than 20,000 square metres can keep up to five dogs and/or five cats without a permit.  If you would like to keep more than five dogs and/or five cats you need to apply for a permit.

Multiple animal permit

Multiple animal permit application.


  • The Permit, if granted, will be issued to the person and property named in the application and is not transferable.
  • The Permit pertains to the animals identified in this application only. Substitution is not allowed. Any substitutions will require a new Permit.
  • All dogs and cats on the property must be registered with the Melton City Council and securely confined to the premises listed on this form, in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
  • An Animal Ranger will attend and inspect the animals, and their housing, to ensure that they are kept in accordance with the Melton City Council General Local Law 2015 with adequate shelter, food and water, and are secured within the property in a manner to maintain the safety of the animals and prevent nuisance to any neighbouring residents.
  • Please also read General Local Law 2015, Part 6 - Animal Control section available on the Melton City Council website:
  • All excrement must be disposed of in a manner that prevents odour, and is in accordance with the Health Act 1958.
  • If a permit is granted, it will be valid for two years and subject to review if Council receives any complaints from neighbouring properties. All conditions and requirements must be met. Failure to comply with any of the above conditions could result in this Permit being cancelled or penalties imposed, as prescribed in the Melton City Council General Local Law 2015.

Advice from neighbours

Prior to issuing you a permit a Council Officer may be in contact with your surrounding neighbours, adjoining or in close vicinity to your property, to determine if there are any submissions.

If the applicant is not the owner of the land for which the permit is required you must provide written approval from the property owner.

Fees and Charges

The fees listed in the application form are an administration fee.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Your application will not be processed until payment of the fee is received by Melton City Council.

This fee is non-refundable if the permit is rejected.