Keeping Multiple Animals
Residential properties located in Hume have a limit of how many animals they can keep without a permit.
Please take the time to read the following important information.
Who should apply?
Any owner or occupier of land of less than 4,000 square metres in area and situated in a residential area that wants to house more than the prescribed animals in accordance with Council’s General Local Law No.1 – 2013, clause 5.1.
If you want to have more than the following, you will be required to apply for a permit:
- 2 dogs over 3 months old,
- 2 cats over 3 months old,
- 5 guinea pigs,
- 5 rabbits,
- 5 ferrets
- 5 head of poultry,
- 6 pigeons (unless you are a member of a pigeon racing or similar club approved by Council, in which case the maximum allowed without a permit is 60.
- 20 other caged birds.
Any owner or occupier of a flat or unit that wants to house more than the prescribed animals (in accordance with Council’s General Local Law No.1 – 2013, clause 5.1.3.
If you live in a flat or unit and want to have more than the following, you will be required to apply for a permit:
- 1 dog over 3 months old,
- 1 cat over 3 months old, or
- 5 other caged birds.
If you do not own the property the animals will reside at, Council will require written permission from the owner or acting agent of the property giving consent to you keeping the animals on the property.
(Please ensure you read Council’s conditions prior to applying for a permit - a copy of the conditions can be found here: Multiple Animal Annual Permit Application)
Do I have to register and desex my animals?
The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires all dogs and cats over the age of 3 months, be registered with Council. Registration of excess animals cannot be accepted by Council until the Multiple Animal Annual Permit is granted.
In order for a permit application to be considered, in accordance with Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013, clause 5.1.5, all dogs and cats listed on the permit must be desexed unless you are a member of an applicable animal association or have a certificate from a vet stating that the animal cannot be desexed for health reasons.
How long does the application process take?
Upon Council receiving application and required documents, the application fee invoice will be generated and payment is required within 10 business days in order for your application to be processed.
Once payment has been processed, Council will notify and consider the views of all adjoining persons and any other owners or occupiers of land whom Council or an Authorised Officer considers appropriate. Fourteen (14) days is allocated for any submissions to be received and considered. Council will afford the applicant an opportunity to address and respond in writing to any concerns raised to Council within seven (7) days.
A site inspection MUST be conducted by an Authorised Officer prior to the granting of any Multiple Animal Annual Permit.
Failing to assist Council in the application process as requested may result in the application being terminated and any excess animals kept on property will be required to be removed.
How do I apply?
To apply you can submit a multiple animal permit application online.
To complete the online Multiple Animal Permit application you will be required to:
- Provide a valid email address and/or a mobile number to receive SMS updates.
- Provide all the animals details you are applying for (even the existing animals).
- Once your Online Multiple Animal Permit application has been approved, you will receive an invoice and payment instructions by SMS and mail. The applicable application fee is $35.00. Please note Multiple Animal Permits are renewed annually in conjunction with your animal registration renewals.
Once you have all the above information, to start your Online Multiple Animal Permit application please select below:
If you are having trouble with the online multiple animal permit application, please click the following link to download a hardcopy form: Multiple Animal Annual Permit Application
You must complete the application and provide all relevant documentation in order for your application to be processed. You can lodge your hardcopy application form using the following options:
Broadmeadows -1079 Pascoe Vale Road Broadmeadows 3047, Sunbury - 40 Macedon Street Sunbury 3429, Craigieburn - 75-95 Central Park Avenue Craigieburn 3064. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am-5.00pm
Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas 3047
How much does it cost?
The cost for a Multiple Animal Annual Permit is $35.00. The permit needs to be renewed annually by the 10th of April each year in conjunction with Animal Registration Renewals.