Domestic animal management plan 2013-2017 Moreland City Council

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General Local Law 2007

The objectives of Part 4 “Animals” of the Moreland City Council General Local Law 2007 are to provide for all of the following:

  • protection of the amenity of the municipal district;

  • control of the number, type and behaviour of animals kept on premises;

  • protection, as far as possible, of the health and welfare of animals;

  • prevention against animals causing:

Number of animals

Except as otherwise provided a person must not, without a permit, keep on any premises:

  • any more in number of each type of animal or groups of animals than is set out in Table 1 (below), or

  • any animal not referred to in Table 1 (other than fish).

Council may prescribe animals, other than those referred to in Table 1 that may be kept without a permit.

Table 1 – Maximum numbers and types of animals

Type of Animal

Maximum number allowed

Premises other than flats or units

Flats or units










Domestic Birds






Racing Pigeons



Domestic mice & rats



Guinea Pigs






Domestic Rabbits



Domestic turtles or tortoises and reptiles



A person must not keep on any premises without a permit unless the premises are allowed to be used for the purposes of animal boarding, animal breeding or a pet shop and the premises are being used for that purpose.

  • any more than four (4) types of animal referred to in Table 1

  • a rooster, goose, turkey, peafowl, cockatoo or galah or any other bird that is not a domestic bird.

A domestic bird means a canary, budgerigar, finch, cockatiel or other like sized bird kept caged or within premises (whether all or a substantial portion of the time), excluding chickens/poultry, racing pigeons, galahs, cockatoos and any other birds prescribed by Council.

A reference to poultry or chickens in this Local Law does not include a reference to roosters, geese, turkeys or peafowl.

Litters of animals

For the purpose of calculating the maximum number of animals specified in the Table 1 the progeny of any animal kept on the premises shall not be counted for a period of twelve (12) weeks after birth.



Dogs are social, pack animals and just like children, need to learn how to get on with the other people and dogs. They also want to hang out with people, not spend most of the time on their own.

Dogs need to be included in as many household activities as feasible, not just the routine daily walk. Some people treat dogs as babies or dolls and they can end up as number one dog in the house and a bit of a monster. Others treat them as house security items and effectively dumped in the back yard, and they become neighbourhood pests.

Socialisation means getting dogs used to behaving well when he/she is around other people and animals, and in different places. It is particularly important to socialise puppies - 'puppy preschool' classes are available at many vet clinics. The more situations a puppy is exposed to, and has positive experiences with, the better behaved and more confident he/she will be as an adult.

It is critical to socialise cats before 6 weeks if they are ever to be companionable. It is important people intervene with stray kittens to ensure they do not develop into a wild cat and become unable to be domesticated.


Daily exercise of dogs is recommended by the RSPCA. Exercising a dog is one of the most time consuming responsibilities to an owner and needs to be considered before adopting a dog.

It is not natural for dogs to spend all their time confined indoors or in the yard; they need to connect with the world and be out in it.

Walking a dog through the streets or park is a primal activity that allows him/her to get to know the territory. A dog will learn about the environment - other people and animals, and about dangers such as cars, and things to be avoided such as bikes. Walking a dog will help keep him/her mentally and physically healthy. It is an important way for him/her to bond with the owner.

Dogs may also require off leash exercise (Council website: lists the location of leash free parks). Many problems such as digging and excessive barking arise because dogs are frustrated and bored. Often, these problems can be solved simply by giving dogs more exercise.

Owners can provide a dog with toys, and rotate them regularly to keep him/her interested. Owners can keep their dog busy while they are out by giving him/her a large raw marrow bone to chew, stuffing hollow (indestructible) toys with food, or providing a large block of ice that has had some treats frozen into it.

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