Keeping & breeding of animals

The City's local laws limit the number of animals that can be kept on your property, depending on its size. If you breed or intend to breed your cat or dog, local law requires you to obtain a breeder permit from the City of Gold Coast.

Number of animals allowed

Keeping an appropriate number of animals provides a safe and happy environment for both your pets and your neighbours.

Download the Excess animal permit fact sheet(PDF, 608KB)

To learn about the limits on the number of different breeds of animal you can keep, any exemptions that may apply and how to apply for a permit to keep additional animals, go to these pages:

Breeding cats and dogs

Pet owners are encouraged to consider their responsibilities and reduce the oversupply of kittens and puppies impacting euthanasia rates in our city.

If you breed or intend to breed your cat or dog(PDF, 564KB), local law requires you to obtain a breeder permit from the City of Gold Coast. You must also comply with the minimum standards in the Breeders Code of Practice(PDF, 564KB).

The following residents require a breeder permit:

  • those who breed from their pet
  • those who breed as hobby breeders
  • those who have commercial breeding establishments.

Other legal requirements you need to be aware of include:

  • you must display your breeder permit number when advertising, selling or giving away puppies or kittens
  • you may require development approval on your location and activity
  • permit holder must comply with all the minimum standards or may be liable for an on-the-spot fine or be required to remove the animals from the property.

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

Once your application has been received, City 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 breed animals, you need to provide:

  • your contact details – including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • your business trading name and contact details, if applicable
  • your breeder association membership details, if applicable
  • details of the animals you intend to breed.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download and complete the Animal breeder permit form(PDF, 191KB)

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 breed animals, you need to provide:

  • your contact details – including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • your business trading name and contact details, if applicable
  • your breeder association membership details, if applicable
  • details of the animals you intend to breed.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Animal breeder permit form(PDF, 191KB)

Step 3.Visit one of our customer service centres

Submit your application at one of our customer service centres Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm.

Payment for animal breeder permit can be made by MasterCard, Visa, debit card or cheque. EFTPOS is available at City Customer Service Centres. Payments by credit card incur a surcharge.

By mail

Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a permit to breed animals, you need to provide:

  • your contact details – including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • your business trading name and contact details, if applicable
  • your breeder association membership details, if applicable
  • details of the animals you intend to breed.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Animal breeder permit form(PDF, 191KB)

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 fee amount.