Our Local Laws provide residents with guidelines for animal keeping. We use these guidelines to make sure that animals are kept humanely and do not create a nuisance or health risk to the community or environment. To view our Animal Keeping Local Laws, please see Local Law No. 4 (Animal Management) 2002, and Subordinate Local Law No. 4.1 (Animal Management) 2002.

Local Laws also guide how many cats you can keep on your property. The table below shows how many cats can be kept depending on the property size.

Property type / size (in square metres)

Allowable Number without needing approval

Allowable Number needing approval

Units, townhouses, multi-dwelling premises including retirement/mature age villages

2 desexed cats

Not applicable

0 to 350

2 desexed cats

Not applicable

351 to 2,000

2 desexed cats

4 desexed cats

2,000 +

4 desexed cats

Not applicable

Foster Carers - Can keep more than the allowable number with a Foster Carer Approval. See Foster Carers.


Up to 9 subject to approval

Breeding Cats - Conditions apply to the keeping of cats for the purpose of breeding. Please contact us for advice before lodging an Animal Keeping Approval application.



Subject to approval

Animal keeping approvals

If you want to keep more than the number of cats allowed for your property size you need to apply for an Animal Keeping Approval. An application fee, annual renewal fee and an annual inspection fee applies.

If you rent a property, have a body corporate or live in a retirement village you will need to get approval from your landlord, body corporate or the management of the retirement village. This approval needs to be lodged with your animal keeping approval application.

To apply for an animal keeping approval, see Applying to keep more animals.

  • Application fees are non-refundable
  • Submitting and paying for an application does not guarantee approval.
  • The application fee covers the cost of property searches and inspections.
  • We also check previous animal registrations to make sure the applicant is a suitable person.
  • When these inspections and checks are completed, we determine the outcome of your application.


All cats over the age of 12 weeks must be registered. To find out how to register you cat, see Pet registration

Desexing and microchipping

All cats living in Logan need to be desexed and microchipped.

For more information about the benefits of desexing your cat, see Desexing your pet.

To find out more about our discounted microchipping service and how to update your pet’s microchip, see Microchipping your pet.

Enclosure Requirements and effective control of cats

Cats living in the City of Logan must be contained within their property boundary. This doesn't mean they can't go outside. If you are out and about with your cat you should make sure that your cat is harnessed or in a cat carrier.

To find out more about cat enclosure requirements and effective control, please see Enclosures and wandering animals.

Development Approvals

You may need a development approval to keep more than 9 cats. To find out more, see Development in Logan.

Foster carers

We are not currently accepting volunteer foster carers.

If you are already a foster carer for an agency like the RSPCA or AWL you will still need a Council approval. You must also agree to abide by our animal keeping local laws and the rules or codes of conduct of the agency.

Approval fees may apply to foster carers with other agencies. If applicable, you will need to pay these fees when you lodge your foster carer application. Logan City Council foster carers are exempt from approval fees.

Annual registration fees may also apply for each cat. A maximum of 9 cats may be applied for.

To apply or find out more, please call our Animal Services Team on 3412 5397.

Breeding cats

To find more information about breeding cats, see Breeding and approvals.

Cat Traps

If you are having issues with wandering cats, you can borrow a cat trap from us free of charge (subject to availability). To request a cat trap, please call us on 07 3412 3412.

What are my obligations as a cat owner?

Aside from pet care essentials, owners must ensure their cat does not:

  • wander (leave your property boundary)
  • cause harm to human health or safety or cause personal injury
  • cause property damage or loss of amenity
  • result in a nuisance
  • enter private property (other than where they usually live) without occupant consent
  • result in a danger to traffic
  • result in a danger to itself

Cat Health

Pet ownership is a big commitment.

Annual vaccinations and regular parasite control for fleas, worms and ticks are an essential part of keeping your pet happy and healthy. Vaccines help prevent the spread of many deadly and highly contagious diseases that cats may come into contact within their environment, both at home and out in the community. 

We recommend an annual veterinary check-up to detect health issues early and provide effective treatment options.

Allergic Reactions

Allergies to pets with fur are common and symptoms range from mild to severe.  Some reactions can be life threatening. Cat containment minimises human allergic reactions caused by cat dander.

Neighbourhood cats

Many residents feed cats they do not own. Residents shouldn’t feed stray or wandering cats.

Feeding them provides a secondary food source which only encourages roaming behaviour.