Problems with Animals & Other Animals


If you see injured wildlife that may require rescuing please contact Wildlife Victoria immediately on 1300 094 535 or report it online using the following link: Report A Wildlife Emergency

If you are having problems with wildlife in Hume, please follow this link Wildlife in Hume to find out more information with printable factsheets. This information can provide insight on how to deal with Kangaroos, Magpies, Snakes, and more.

Deceased Animals

If you have seen a deceased animal on Council land, please contact Council to make a report for it to be removed. Council will not remove deceased animals from private property.

Keeping Other Animals as Pets

Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013, has limitations on how many animals you can keep without a permit.

Sub-clause 5.1.1 of Council's General Local Law states, without a permit an owner or occupier of land of less than 4,000 square metres in area and situated in a residential area must not keep more than:

  • 5 guinea pigs;
  • 5 rabbits;
  • 5 ferrets;
  • 5 head of poultry (no roosters permitted);
  • 6 pigeons, unless they are a members of a pigeon racing club or similar club approved by Council, in which case the maximum number permitted to be kept is 60; or 
  • 20 other caged birds

If you live in a flat or unit, you will need a permit for more than:

  • 5 caged birds

To find out more information about Council’s conditions and guidelines or to apply for a permit Multiple Animal Annual Permit Application.

You can now apply for a Multiple Animal Permit Online!

Please note, when keeping other animals as pets there may be a minimum standard (Code of Practice) which must be complied with. For more information, please visit:

(Please ensure you read Council’s conditions prior to applying for a permit)

No permit will be issued for the keeping of goats, sheep, pigs, horses or farm animals on any land less than 4,000 square metres or any animal (with the exception of caged birds) not listed in sub-clause 5.1.1 and not otherwise permitted under this Local Law.

Barking Dogs & Cat Traps

For more information in relation to barking dogs and stray or feral cats, please follow the link to find out more.


An owner or occupier of land must remove any wasp nests on becoming aware of their existence on the land, it is an offence to fail to remove the nest and any breach of Council's Local Law may result in a penalty infringement notice being issued.

Updated : 10:40 AM, 31 October 2016

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