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Animal Keeping Local Laws

Why do we have Animal Keeping Laws?

The laws ensure the safety and wellbeing of the community. Love them or not, cats and dogs are part of our Logan lifestyle. Our City is growing fast, with smaller blocks and higher density living impacting how we live. Laws can sometimes be complex and confusing so it's important for pet owners to understand their animal keeping obligations as a resident of our City.

The City of Logan is home to more than 60,000 registered cats and dogs. Imagine what would happen if we didn't have rules or laws to manage how cats and dogs are kept?

Thanks for having your say. Did we hear you?

From February to May 2019, we asked you to have your say on cat and dog keeping local laws.  You shared many ideas and we've learnt a lot!

We have reviewed 2,346 survey responses with your views on:

  • the general keeping for numbers of cats and dogs
  • enclosures for dogs on small residential premises
  • effective control of cats and dogs in public places
  • the management of barking dog nuisances.

Your insights have been considered alongsde local trends and industry and govenrment data sources. The following guidelines have been drafted:


Property Size (m2)

Allowable Number without Council Approval

Allowable Number with Council Approval
Units, Townhouses, Multi-dwelling Premises including retirement/mature age villages12
0 to 35012
351 to 5002Not applicable
501 to 1,00023
1,001 to 2,00024
<2,0004Not applicable


Property Size (m2)Allowable Number without Council ApprovalAllowable Number with Council Approval
Units, Townhouses, Multi-dwelling Premises including retirement/mature age villages2Not applicable
0 to 3502Not applicable
351 to 2,00024
<2,0004Not applicable

A number of other views were sought in the survey with feedback suggesting the community wants:

  • the maximum length of a dog's leash to remain at two metres
  • Where a dog is subject to a control issue, its enclosure/fence must ensure that no part of the dog's body, including nose or paw, can protrude
  • cats to be contained in a cat carrier or harness when in a public place
  • the 10kg weight limit for the keeping of a dog in an aged care centre or retirement village should be removed
  • where a dog is confirmed as a barking nuisance, approved traning should be required along with a barking management plan that could include screening of fences and enrichment of the pet's environment.

Between 26 August and 15 September 2019, we will be seeking your feedback on our proposed draft laws. Tell us what you think:

What are the Animal Keeping Laws?

As a cat and/or dog owner you need to provide your pet with essential basics such as food, water, shelter, exercise and general care.

The Animal Keeping Laws require owners to:

  • register their cat and/or dog
  • microchip their cat and/or dog (if born after 1 July 2009)
  • know how many cats and/or dogs they can keep on their property
  • check if you need to desex your pet
  • prevent cats and/or dogs from escaping, roaming, biting or breeding illegally
  • always walk your dog on a lead unless in an off-leash area
  • keep pets in a way that does not result in
    • harm to human health or safety
    • significant disturbance, inconvenience or annoyance to a persons's enjoyment of their place of residence.

Do you know the number of cats and dogs you are allowed to keep on your property size?

Cat and dog owners need to be aware of the number of cats and dogs they can keep on their property without having to apply for an approval to keep more.

Cat keeping in Logan

Did you know that all cats living in Logan need to be registered, microchipped, desexed and kept within their property boundary?

All cats over the age of 12 weeks must be registered with Council. You will need to apply for an approval (PDF 537 KB) if you wish to keep more than 2 cats per household. A maximum of 4 cats can be kept per household.

Dog keeping in Logan

All dogs living in Logan need to be registered and microchipped if 12 weeks or older. Like cats, dogs must be kept within their property boundary. Companion dogs, dogs living on a lot less than 300M2 or female dogs that have had a litter, must be desexed.

You will need to apply for an approval (PDF 537 KB) if you wish to keep more than the allowed number of dogs per household.

Effective control of dogs

Dogs are naturally inquisitive and enjoy experiencing new places and smells. As a responsible pet owner when you walk or exercise your dog you are required to use a leash no longer than 2 metres in length, unless in an off-leash area. Owners must ensure their dogs do not cause nuisance or injury to humans or other animals.

Don't forget it's your responsibility to pick up after your dog.

Fences and enclosures

Cats and dogs must be contained within your property boundary. Cat and dog owners need to provide suitable fencing or enclosures to prevent their pets from escaping and wandering. The fence or enclosure must prevent the cat or dog from escaping over, under or through it.

Animal nuisance

Council manages a range of pet nuisance complaints, with a large number relating to barking. We understand that dogs bark, but excessive barking can be annoying. Pet owners are required to find a solution to stop nuisance behaviour (regardless of the type of nuisance). Council will also work with the owner to find ways to reduce nuisances. This can take time however we have a comprehensive and realistic approach to resolving nuisances.

If you'd like to know more about the animal keeping local laws, please click the links below:

Other Animal Keeping

Residents can keep other animals apart from cats and dogs. Local Laws also apply to the keeping of other animals. Select from our range of animal keeping fact sheets to find out more:

Poultry keeping

More information on small scale poultry keeping is available on the Business Queensland website.

Bird keeping in Logan

Rules require the keepers of aviary birds to comply with the aviculture code of practice.

For further enquiries please phone 07 3412 5397.