Written consent must be obtained from the Council to keep more than two domestic or four working dogs.
Notice of Intention to apply for a Kennel Licence:
This information is required to appear in the local daily newspaper. You should note that once the notice has appeared in the newspaper, neighbours within 200 metres of your property have a period of 14 days in which they may object to Council granting the kennel licence.
Application for a Kennel Licence
After the 14 day objection period has passed, you must then submit the Application for a Kennel Licence to Council.
Not less than 28 days after the notice has been published, Council Officers must then consider your application, along with any objections received, and may also visit your property to assess suitability.
Granting a Kennel Licence
When a kennel licence is granted by Council, the licence will state the maximum number of dogs that may be kept on the premises; the breed or kind of dog to which it applies; any conditions the General Manager may determine; and the expiry date of the licence.
Below is the relevant extract from the Dog Control Act 2000:
Dog Control Act 2000 Part 3 - Division 7
Section 50. Keeping several dogs
A person, without a licence, must not keep or allow to be kept on any premises-
(a) more than 2 dogs over the age of 6 months; or
(b) more than 4 working dogs over the age of 6 months.
Penalty: Fine not exceeding 5 penalty units ($815)
Section 51. Application for licences
(1) A person may apply to the general manager for a licence.
(2) An application for a licence is to be -
(a) in the approved form; and
(b) accompanied by the appropriate fee.
(3) If there is a right to object under section 52 or if a general manager so requires, an applicant, by public notice, must notify -
(a) the intention to apply for a licence; and
(b) the address and details of the premises and the number and breed of dogs to which the application relates."
Penalty: Fine not exceeding 2 penalty units
Section 55. Granting application
(1) A general manager may grant an application for a licence if satisfied that -
(a) adequate provisions for the health, welfare and adequate control of all dogs on the premises are provided or are likely to be provided; and
(b) nuisance to any other persons is unlikely to occur; and
(c) requirements under laws relating to public health and environmental protection are likely to be satisfied."