Domestic Animal Businesses

A Domestic Animal Business Permit is required from Council if you wish to conduct a business such as a:

  • pet shop
  • pet boarding establishment for cats or dogs
  • breeding and rearing establishment for cats or dogs
  • dog training establishment
  • animal shelter.

If you are starting, growing or changing a business and unsure about what permits you require. Complete our small business self assessment tool to determine whether a permit is required and learn about the support provided by our business concierge service. Our Business Permit Applications Guidelines may also be useful.

These businesses must comply with the requirements of the relevant State Government Code of Practice that sets out guidelines on how these businesses must operate.

Our Animal Management Officers annually inspect all Domestic Animal Businesses to ensure compliance with the Code of Practice.

Visit the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources for further information.

Application information

The Domestic Animal Business Permit must be applied for, and renewed, by 10 April each year.

Cost: $275

To apply, go to eservices



Applications can be submitted and paid for in person or by post.

In person

Visit one of our service centres between 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, to pay via cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS

  • Malvern Service Centre (311 Glenferrie Road, Malvern)
  • Prahran Service Centre (180 Greville Street, Prahran)


Make cheques/money orders payable to City of Stonnington and post to:

City of Stonnington
PO Box 58
Malvern VIC 3144

Purpose of the Permit

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, it is a requirement that all Domestic Animal Businesses are registered with Council.

The permit approves the enterprise to conduct a business selling, buying, rearing, training or boarding animals. The permit specifies certain conditions which include:

  • type of animals permitted
  • number of animals permitted
  • physical arrangements/cages required
  • other conditions considered reasonable in the circumstances.

Failure to maintain full compliance with the conditions of the permit could lead to withdrawal or cancellation of the existing Domestic Animal Business Permit or to non-issuance of a future permit.