Pet ownership restrictions

By law, you can only keep a certain number of pets without a permit. 

All dogs and cats must be registered and microchipped at the age of three months. All cats must also be desexed, unless exempt for registered breeding purposes or due to veterinary advice.

Animals that can be kept in Stonnington without a permit

Pets without a permit

Animals Houses Units, townhouses, flats and apartments

Cats

2

2

Cats under 3 months

12

2

Dogs

2

1

Dogs under 3 months

12

1

Domestic birds (budgie/canary or similar)

5

2

Domestic mice

6

3

Rabbits or guinea pigs

10

2

Cold water and tropical fish

unlimited

unlimited

For more information and rules on keeping additional cats, dogs, birds and other animals please refer to the Keeping of Animals Policy(PDF, 280KB).

Keeping additional dogs and cats, and poultry

If you wish to keep additional dogs and cats, please contact our Animal Management Unit to make an appointment with one of our Animal Management Officers. The officer will meet with you to discuss the options of keeping more pets, inspect your premises and check for adequate fencing and appropriate sleeping quarters.

The officer will also speak with your neighbours to gauge their level of approval. You may wish to discuss your intentions with your neighbours before the inspection.

If the officer authorises you to keep more than the permitted number of pets, you will receive a permit in the mail for the extra animals.

Apply for your Keeping of Extra Animals (Cats & Dogs) permit online

Apply for Keeping of Poultry (Chicken) permit online

 If you have any queries regarding applications or pet ownership restrictions, please contact our Animal Management Unit: