Register a domestic animal business

If you want to run a domestic animal business, it must be registered with Nillumbik Shire Council. 

Businesses that need this registration include:

  • animal shelters
  • pounds
  • pet shops
  • commercial businesses for the rearing, training, boarding or breeding of dogs, cats or other common animals.

If you breed cats or dogs and you are not sure if it is a commercial business activity, see Animal Welfare Victoria's regulations for cat and dog breeders.

You will need to renew your registration by 10 April each year.

How to register

Apply online

Step 1.Seek permission from the property owner

If you are not the property owner, you will need signed written permission from the property owner. This will be uploaded at the time of submitting the online permit application form.

Step 2.Submit the online form

Register a domestic animal business


The application fee for a domestic animal business registration is $399.

After your permit application is received, an invoice will be generated and emailed to you. This email will contain instructions on how to pay.

Transfer a domestic animal business registration

If you want to transfer an existing domestic animal business registration to your name, you will need written permission from the current business owner.

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