Owning other animals

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Overview

If you own pets or farm animals (other than a dog or cat) in Nillumbik, you will need to meet some state and local government requirements. These requirements help:

  • keep your animals safe
  • prevent your animals from being a nuisance to the community
  • ensure public safety.

To find out about the requirements for dogs and cats, see:

Limits on pets and farm animals 

There are limits on the number and types of pets and farm animals you can keep on your property without a livestock permit.

 Animal type How many 
Reptiles  5 or less
Rodents  5 or less
Large birds   10 or less
Small birds  25 or less
Poultry  24 or less
Rooster  1

You will need to apply to Council for a permit to keep livestock if you want to keep:

  • more than the allowed number of that animal type
  • a different type of pet or farm animal

Apply for a permit to keep livestock


Land use restrictions

You will also need to apply to Council for a livestock permit to keep pets or farm animals if your property is:

  • less than 4,000 square metres in area, or
  • zoned residential

Apply for a permit to keep livestock


Keep your animals confined

You are legally required to keep your pets and farm animals confined to your property. This means your property must have:

  • a closed gate that your animals cannot jump, get under or through
  • an escape-proof fence that your animals cannot jump, get under or through.

If you don't confine your animals, you may get a fine or your animals could be impounded.