Animal Keeping Local Laws

The laws protect responsible pet owners and provide processes for regulating irresponsible pet owners. Residents must ensure their animal keeping, (regardless of the animal), does not cause human or environmental harm or cause nuisance at any time.

To learn more about the new local laws, refer to the following documents:

Some key changes in the new local laws include

Animal keeping approvals

New rules for keeping excess animals were introduced by Logan City Council on December 9 2011, with the amendment of Local Law 4 (Animal Management) 2002 and Subordinate Local Law 4.1 (Animal Management) 2002. A key theme to emerge from community consultation in the lead up to the local law amendment was that many Logan residents wish to keep more than the usual number of dogs or cats, without necessarily wanting to operate a commercial kennel or cattery.

To offer flexibility and meet the different needs within the community, Council introduced an approval system. There are three categories of approval:

1. General animal keeping approval

Is mainly used for special circumstances such as blended family situations, for people who may not necessarily have a recreational interest in cats or dogs, but nevertheless want to keep slightly more than the usual numbers of cats and/or dogs.

2. Recreational approval

Allows for a maximum of nine dogs or cats. The recreational approval applies to people with recreational animal activities.

The Recreational Approval requires membership of a Logan City Council approved club or association.

3. Breeders approval

Allows for a maximum of nine dogs or 25 cats. The breeder approval has an annual renewal fee and provides the keeper with an authorised Breeder Identification Number (BIN) which must be used in the advertising of all progeny.

All approvals are conditional on compliance with animal keeping standards regulated by Local Law 4 (Animal Management) 2002 and Subordinate Local Law 4.1 (Animal Management) 2002 and additional site specific conditions may be imposed following the inspection.

The breeder approval requires membership of a Logan City Council approved club or association.

What's the difference between an approval and a kennel/cattery licence?

Animal keeping approval

  • Is administered under Local Law 4 (Animal Management) 2002
  • Has a maximum of nine dogs or 25 cats
  • Is not fixed to the property
  • Does not require development assessment
  • Requires a new application if circumstances change
  • Has a one off application fee and an annual renewal fee for breeders
  • Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, every dog or cat (over three months of age) must be registered by the owner/keeper with the relevant local government authority. Registration fees apply.

Kennel/cattery licence

  • Is administered under Local Law 9 (Licensing) 1999
  • Is required for more than nine dogs or 25 cats
  • Is attached to the property
  • Is transferable/can be sold with the property
  • Requires development assessment and planning permission
  • Application costs are subject to development and planning assessment
  • Has an annual renewal fee and inspection
  • Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, every dog or cat (over three months of age) must be registered by the owner/keeper with the relevant local government authority. Registration fees apply.

For more information on breeding dogs or cats or selling puppies or kittens, please refer to:

To apply for an animal keeping approval or kennel/cattery licence, please download and complete the Approval/Kennel Licence Application Form

You will then be directed to complete either the Animal Keeping Approval attachment or the Kennel/Cattery Licence attachment

To apply for an approval to keep animals other than cats and dogs, please complete:

Animal keeping fact sheets

For information about each animal type please see fact sheets below:

Poultry keeping

More information on small scale poultry keeping is available on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.

Bird keeping in Logan

New rules will require the keepers of aviary birds to comply with the aviculture code of practice.

Cat keeping in Logan

Under the new laws, it is mandatory for cats to be desexed, unless the owner is a registered breeder. It is also mandatory for owners to display their contact details on the cat’s collar, and for cats to be enclosed in a building or structure which prevents the cat from escaping the premises.

Enclosure requirements for dogs

A common element in most reported dog attacks is that the dog’s owner failed to ensure their dog was adequately contained. Dog owners must take responsibility for the enclosure of their animals for the community’s safety. The enclosure must prevent the dog from escaping over, under or through the barrier. Gates forming part of the enclosure must be secured to prevent the dog from escaping.

Foster carers

Registered foster carers may keep up to nine cats or dogs (e.g. litters) for a determined length of time with Logan City Council approval. Foster carers must be registered with and recognised by Council. Logan City Council foster carers are required to obtain Council approval (but are exempt from approval fees).

Foster carers registered with other relevant agencies (RSPCA, AWL, Little Paws, Best Friends Rescue, etc) must obtain Logan City Council approval and abide by Logan City Council Subordinate Local Law 4.1.

Approval fees for foster carers with other relevant agencies will be determined by negotiation between Logan City Council and the agency.

For further enquiries please phone 07 3412 5397.