ANIMAL CONTROL - KEEPING AND REGISTRATION

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

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.‚Äč

 

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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 registration tag.  Just remember whenever you move address to contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible.

Council have a subsidised microchipping program in cooperation with local veterinary clinics in Biloela, Moura and Taroom.  A voucher may be purchased from Council's customer service centres and when presented to your local vet will cover the implanting fees, the microchip cost and microchip registration fees.

Impounded Cats

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

 

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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 registration fees paid. The relevant form is available in the quick links box above.  

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 in the quick links box above.

For submission of application forms or if you need further information, refer to the Contact Council page.

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.  The application form is available in the quick links box above.

Changes to Registration

If your registration circumstances change, please advise Council.  Application forms for amendment of dog registration or notification of a deceased dog are available in the quick links box above, and will assist Council in maintaining an up-to-date registration system.

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. Just remember whenever you move address to contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible.

Council have a subsidised microchipping program in cooperation with local veterinary clinics in Biloela, Moura and Taroom.  A voucher may be purchased from Council's customer service centres and when presented to your local vet will cover the implanting fees, the microchip cost and microchip registration fees

Permits for more than two dogs

No more than two dogs may be kept on a property in a town or village zone except 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.

"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.

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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.

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Wildlife

Council only has a limited ability to deal with issues relating to wildlife.  We may be able to assist with the following: 

For more information about other types of wildlife visit the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website.  Please note that animals native to Queensland are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and it is an offence to kill a protected animal.

 

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