The Keeping of Animals

All animals kept within a town area are required to be kept in accordance with the requirements of Council's

Local Law No. 2 (2011) Animal Management and

Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (2011) Animal Management.

These requirements are both general and specific to each type of animal.

General requirements include:

  • A proper enclosure must be provided on the property to prevent the animal from wandering or escaping from the property
  • The animal must not be permitted to cause a nuisance in relation to noise, odour, dust, defecation or wastewater.
  • Any excreta, offensive material or food scraps must be collected at least daily and disposed of appropriately

Minimum standards are required by Council's Local Laws in order to protect the health, safety and amenity of the local community and environment. A fact sheet detailing these standards is available here.

Permitted numbers:  Council's Local Laws restrict the number of certain animals that can be kept in a town area.  The numbers are generally dependant on the size of the block on which they are kept.  A fact sheet detailing prohibited and permitted numbers and numbers for which a permit is required is available here.

 

Bees 

A maximum of two (2) beehives, may be kept on a property of <2ha in a town area.  Hives are not permitted on allotments of less than 400m2.

The beehives must be located:

a. no closer than two (2) metres from the property boundary;

b. at the rear of any residence;

c. not within 10 metres of any dwelling (except a dwelling on the premises)

The keeping of bees must be in accordance with the Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Qld.  More information about bee keeping requirements can be found on the Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.

 

Birds and Poultry

A fact sheet to assist you in keeping birds and poultry is available here.

Depending on the type of bird, you can keep the following maximum numbers in a town or village zone, without the need for a permit:

Caged birds:
4 birds — on an allotment size ≤350m2 or in a multiple dwelling/unit complex
10 birds — on an allotment size 350m2—500m2
20 birds — on an allotment size >500m2
 
Poultry:
Nil - on an allotment size ≤350m2, or in a multiple dwelling/unit complex
2 birds -  on an allotment size 350m2—500m2
12 birds - on an allotment size >500m2 to 2ha, which may consist of no more than 4 geese, turkeys or ducks in total, with the remainder domestic hens
 

Roosters:  Council's Local Laws prohibit roosters from being kept in a town area 

Cockatoo, Galah, Corella:    2 birds

Pigeons: 

    Nil - on an allotment size ≤350m2, or in a multiple dwelling/unit complex
    10 birds – on an allotment size >350m2 to 500m2
    20 birds - on an allotment size >500m2 to 2ha

All birds or poultry in a town area must be contained in an enclosure or aviary, which is not located closer than two (2) meters from the property boundary.

All seed and food must be kept in properly sealed vermin proof containers, and the enclosure must be kept clean and odour free.

When poultry, such as geese, ducks and chickens are to be kept the enclosure must be located at the rear of the premise and constructed so that no bird can get closer than ten (10) meters to any neighbouring dwellings.

Where cockatoos, galahs, corellas and the like are kept the enclosure must not be within 25m of any residence on a adjoining premises

Where pigeons are kept they must be kept in accordance with any endorsed code of practice for the keeping of pigeons.

 

Cats

Cats kept within the Shire must comply with the requirements of the Council's Local Laws and the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

A fact sheet to assist you in keeping cats is available here. 

Enclosure requirements also apply to cats, and a fact sheet detailing these requirements is available here.

In town areas:

  • No more than two (2) cats may be kept on any property, unless a permit has been issued by Council.
  • Cats are not permitted to roam.
  • Cats must not cause a nuisance.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in on the spot fines.

Microchipping

Cats are required to be microchipped in the following circumstances —

  • When sold or given away — this is the responsibility of the person selling or giving away the cat
  • If born on or after 1 March 2010, the cat must be microchipped before reaching the age of 12 weeks — this is the owners responsibility
  • For impounded cats, prior to the release from the pound

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Implanted by a local vet, the microchip causes no discomfort or pain to your pet. The barcode on the microchip is linked to your contact details and recorded on a microchip registry database for the life of your pet. This means your pet is permanently identified Australia-wide and can be safely returned to you even if there is no collar or Council registration tag.
Whenever you move address, contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible. This will increase the chance of being reunited with your pet, should they become lost.

Impounded Cats

If your cat is found wandering outside your property, it may be impounded.  Information about Council's Animal Pound can be found here.

Feral Cats Outside of Township Areas

Council can provide assistance with feral cat management, by hiring cat traps. Hirers are required to complete a hire form and must humanely dispose of any feral cats captured themselves, before returning the empty cage to Council.

 

 

Dogs

Dogs kept within the Shire are required to comply with the requirements of Council's  Local Laws and the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008  These requirements include:

  • Dogs over the age of 12 weeks must be registered within 14 days of starting to keep the dog in the Shire area, with the exception of working dogs.
  • Dogs must wear an identifying tag.
  • Dogs must not be permitted to attack, injure or worry a person or animal.

In a town area:

  • No more than two (2) dogs may be kept on any property, unless a permit has been issued by Council.
  • When in a public place, dogs must be under effective control ie. on a leash no longer then two (2) metres.
  • Dogs are not permitted to roam at large. Council Officers may impound wandering animals.
  • The property on which the dog is kept must be adequately fenced to ensure that the dog cannot escape.
  • Dogs must not cause a nuisance in relation to noise, odour, dust or defecation.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in on the spot fines being issued.

A fact sheet to assist you in keeping dogs is available here. 

A fact sheet detailing enclosure requirements is available here. 

Registration

To register a dog a registration form must be completed by the applicant and the required fees paid. A registration tag is issued on registration. This registration must be renewed annually after the 30th June each year. Discounts are available for:

  • pensioners on provision of pension card;
  • desexed dogs, on provision of a desexing certificate;
  • renewal of registrations in the first month of the new financial year;  and
  • dogs that are desexed and microchipped receive FREE registration.

As dogs are required to be registered at 12 weeks of age and therefore owners cannot take advantage of the desexed dog fee reduction, it is Council Policy that when a dog owner registers an animal at 12 weeks of age the fee for an entire animal will apply, however upon proof of the desexing of the animal (certificate from vet only) a refund of the difference in fees (for a desexed dog and entire dog) be allowed.  An application form is available here.

Working Dogs

Working dogs are not required to be registered. A "working dog" means a dog usually kept or proposed to be kept – on rural land; and by an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and primarily for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending or working of stock.

Replacement Registration Tag

If your tag is lost or damaged, a replacement tag can be obtained from Council by completing an application form and paying a small fee.

Changes to Registration

If your registration circumstances change, please advise Council.  The following application forms will assist Council in maintaining an up-to-date registration system.

Notification of Deceased Animal

Change of Ownership / Animal No Longer at Residence

Microchipping

Dogs are required to be microchipped in the following circumstances:

  • When sold or given away – this is the responsibility of the person selling or giving away the dog; and
  • If born on or after 1 March 2010, the dog must be microchipped before reaching the age of 12 weeks – this is the owners responsibility.
  • For impounded dogs, prior to the release from the pound.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Implanted by a local vet, the microchip causes no discomfort or pain to your pet. The barcode on the microchip is linked to your contact details and recorded on a microchip registry database for the life of your pet. This means your pet is permanently identified Australia-wide and can be safely returned to you even if there is no collar or Council registration tag. Whenever you move address, contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible. This will increase the chance of being reunited with your pet, should they become lost.

Permits for more than two dogs

More than two dogs, up to a maximum of four dogs may be kept on a property only when a permit has been issued by Council. A permit application form must be completed and provided to Council together with a permit application fee, and all dogs are required to be registered. A permit will only be granted where all permit conditions can be met.

Dog attacks

If the dog has bitten someone, or be likely to cause injury to a person or animal by biting, attacking, worrying, rushing or chasing them, Council may be able to declare the dog dangerous or menacing and impose strict requirements on the keeping of the dog. A dog attack form must be completed, and a Council Officer will investigate the complaint.

Barking dogs

Dog owners are required to take all reasonable steps to prevent their dog from making noise that causes a nuisance.  If you are being affected by a barking dog, a specific barking dog complaint form is available from Council, however it is recommended that you approach the dog owner yourself before lodging a complaint - refer to the Making a Complaint section at the bottom of the page.

Council no longer provides anti-barking collars. Your local vet may be able to provide anti-barking collars or they can be ordered on-line.

Wandering dogs

Council Officers conduct patrols throughout Shire towns to identify wandering dogs. If a dog is on your property you may restrain the dog yourself and request Council collect the dog. Alternatively, if you are able to notify Council of where the dog is usually kept, further action can be taken against the dog's owner. If a dog is wandering on a property outside of the town area, the affected person may be permitted to bring the dog to the pound by prior arrangement with Council Officers.

Impounded dogs

Dogs found wandering at large may be impounded.  Information about Council's Animal Pound can be found here. 

"Restricted" dogs

The following dogs are declared a restricted breed:

  • dogo Argentino
  • fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese tosa
  • American Pit Bull Terriers or Pit Bull Terriers
  • Any cross breeds, or the offspring of any of the above mentioned dogs.

These restrictions came into effect on the 1st June 2002 and apply state-wide, including rural areas. All owners of restricted dogs are required to obtain a permit from Council and comply with strict permit conditions. Breeding, acquiring or selling of restricted dogs is prohibited.

Guard dogs

A permit is required to keep a guard dog.

Dogs on small allotments

A permit is required to keep more than one dog on an allotment of less than 350 square metres in area, or to keep any dog in a multiple dwelling complex. This may include units, townhouses or duplex accommodation.

 

Livestock

 

Livestock (eg horses, cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys, camels, llamas, alpacas) are not permitted in a town or village zone except where the property is at least 2ha in size and a permit has been obtained from Council.  A permit application form is available here.

Livestock are only permitted in the rural residential zone on properties with an area greater than 3000m2.

The maximum density of animals is to be 1 per 2500m2 for sheep and goats, and 1 per 3000m2 for other livestock.

Where grazing behaviour is likely to cause damage to neighbouring property, animals must be isolated from the property at risk, for example through a fenced area with a 3m setback from property boundaries.

Enclosures must be constructed to prevent the animal from going within 10m of any dwelling on an adjoining property.

Stallions and bulls:  are not permitted in a town or village zone.  Enclosures for stallions must be:

  • at least 1.8m high and constructed so as to reasonably prevent the animal escaping
  • at least 20m from any residence on an adjoining property
  • at least 2m from any property boundary
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Pigs:   are not permitted in a town area except where development approval to keep pigs has been granted under the town planning scheme.

Where pigs are permitted to be kept, the enclosure must be at least 60m from any residence on an adjoining premises, and at least 30m from any property boundary.

 

Welfare

Unfortunately Council cannot act in animal welfare matters.  RSPCA and Biosecurity Qld under the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) are the responsible agencies.  Biosecurity Qld generally handles matters involving commercial activities and the RSPCA handles matters involving companion anmals.  There is a regional RSPCA office located in Rockhampton, however if RSPCA officers are not available, or if you are located over 200km from Rockhampton, your local DAFF Stock Inspector may be able to assist.

Contact the RSPCA on 1300 852 188 or DAFF call centre on 132523.

 

Wildlife

Council only has a limited ability to deal with issues relating to wildlife.

We administer requirements associated with declared pest animals such as dingoes, foxes and feral pigs.

Information about our involvement with Magpies and Flying Foxes is available here.

For more information about other types of wildlife visit the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website.

 

Making a Complaint

Have you advised your neighbour?

Making a minor complaint about a neighbour to a Government Agency can often do more harm than good. A little tolerance goes a long way so if possible, please discuss your concerns with your neighbour first. On most occasions your neighbour will not realise that they are causing a nuisance and will be happy to address the issue.

Registering a complaint with Council

With all the goodwill in the world, it is acknowledged that there are times when assistance from a third party is necessary.

To register a complaint, complete a complaint form, or you can contact Council in the following ways :

  • In person at a Council office
  • by telephone
  • by email or
  • by facsimile

Dispute Resolution

When all else fails, you can contact the
Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal
GPO Box 1639, Brisbane Q 4001
Phone: 1300 753 228 Fax: 07 3221 9156
Website: www.qcat.qld.gov.au/

QCAT is a Government provided free mediation and facilitation service, which deals with workplace, family, neighbourhood, commercial, organisational, environmental and multi-party disputes.