If you are looking to open a business that is buying, selling, rearing, training or boarding domestic animals, you will need a permit. This includes:
- animal pounds
- breeding businesses for cats and/or dogs
- training facilities for dogs
- pet shops
- animal or welfare shelters
- dog and cat rearing premises.
A domestic animal can be a bird, cat, dog, ferret, fish, guinea pig, hermit crab, mouse, poultry, rabbit, rat, reptile, spider or turtle.
As a domestic animal-related business, you must comply with state codes of practice. We inspect each business before they open and every year to make sure they’re compliant and animals are well cared for.
For more information on your responsibilities, check the Animal Welfare Victoria website.
Use our Permit Finder if you’re not sure what permits you need.
For other information or advice, please contact our Animal Management team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 03 8290 1333.