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 dogs you can keep on your property. The table below shows how many dogs 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



0 to 350



351 to 500



501 to 1,000



1,001 to 2,000



2,000 +



Foster carers can keep more than the allowable number with a Foster Carer Approval. See Foster carers.


Up to 9 subject to approval

Prescribed dogs (greyhounds, show dogs, agility dogs and herding / trial dogs). Keeping of prescribed dogs is subject to conditions of both Logan City Council and the relevant recognised association.



Up to 9 subject to approval

Animal keeping approvals

If you want to keep more than the number of dogs 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.

Prescribed dogs

A prescribed dog can be a greyhound, show dog, agility, herding or trial dog. 

Animal keeping of a Prescribed Dog is subject to conditions of both Logan City Council and the relevant recognised association, e.g. Dogs Queensland.


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

Desexing and microchipping

All dogs must be microchipped, it helps us to return them to their owners if they wander.

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

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

Enclosure requirements and effective control of dogs

Dogs living in Logan must be contained within their property boundary. Dog owners must provide a suitable enclosure for their dog.

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

Development Approvals

You may need a development approval to keep more than 9 dogs. 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 dog. A maximum of 9 dogs may be applied for.

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

Breeding dogs

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

What are my obligations as a dog owner?

Aside from pet care essentials, owners must make sure their dog does not

  • attack or worry a person, an animal or thing
  • cause harm to human health or safety or cause personal injury
  • cause property damage or loss of amenity
  • result in a nuisance (refer barking)
  • enter private property (other than where they usually live) without occupant consent;
  • result in a danger to traffic
  • prevent the safe use of a public place
  • result in a danger to itself.


Dogs have two types of verbal communication:

  • intentional – some dogs have learned that barking works to get attention
  • reactive – some barking is a symptom of arousal, emotional response, or health state

Reasonable barking like when a family returns home is acceptable.

The majority of barking nuisance occurs from boredom, loneliness, or lack of enrichment.

To find out more, see Barking dogs.

Dog 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 pets happy and healthy.  Vaccines help prevent the spread of many deadly and highly contagious diseased that dogs may come into contact within their environment, both at home and out in the community. 

We recommend an annual veterinary check-up to detect any health issues early to 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. Dog containment minimises human allergic reactions caused by dog dander.