Cat requirements & permits

Cats are a popular pet choice and can be wonderful companions. They are highly adaptable and flexible, fitting into domestic life easily.

You do not need to register your cat, however there are some obligations you have to meet to keep your cat safe and happy and ensure it isn't a nuisance to your neighbours or the wider community.

As a cat owner you are required to:

  • microchip your cat and keep your details up to date – all cats should be microchipped prior to reaching 12 weeks of age
  • ensure your cat is safely contained to your property at all times and not causing a problem for others
  • apply for a permit to keep more than 2 cats on your property
  • obtain a breeder permit if you intend to breed.

Fines are in place for those who disregard the regulations. Find our more on our Laws, breaches and fines page.

Visit our page to learn more on how to care for your cat and be a responsible pet owner.

Permit for additional cats

If you wish to keep more than the allowed number of 2 cats, you need to apply for a permit.

To obtain a permit, all animals must be desexed and microchipped.

Permits are lifetime permits while your cats are on your property. If circumstances change, such as moving house, please inform the City of Gold Coast.

Permit fees must be paid at the time of permit lodgement – these fees are non-refundable.

Once your application has been received, Council officers will assess your property to determine if additional animals are suitable and do not impact on your neighbours.

Apply for a permit using one of the options below.

By email

Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a permit to keep excess cats, you need to provide:

  • your contact details – including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • cat's microchip number
  • proof of your cat's desexing
  • Pension Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Card (if applicable).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download and complete the Permit to keep excess animals form(PDF, 238KB)

Step 3.Send us your completed application form

Email to: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

In person

Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a permit to keep excess cats, you need to provide:

  • your contact details – including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • cat's microchip number
  • proof of your cat's desexing
  • Pension Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Card (if applicable).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Permit to keep excess animals form(PDF, 238KB)

Step 3.Visit one of our customer service centres

Our customer service centres are open Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm.

Payment for this permit can be made by MasterCard, Visa, debit card or cheque. EFTPOS is available at our customer service centres.

By mail

Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a permit to keep excess cats, you need to provide:

  • your contact details - including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • cat's microchip number
  • proof of your cat's desexing
  • Pension Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Card (if applicable).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Permit to keep excess animals form(PDF, 238KB)

Step 3.Send us your completed application form

Post to:

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726

Include a cheque or money order made payable to City of Gold Coast for the permit fee amount.