Animal Management - Local Laws

Owning a pet can provide great companionship however deciding to become a pet owner also means you take on responsibilities not only towards your pet, but to other community members in a way that the animal is controlled and behaves.

A well loved and trained animal is not likely to become a nuisance to any person. Both Council and residents have responsibilities to ensure pets and humans can live in harmony.

Responsibilities of Council

Authorised officers are appointed by Council to control animal management issues within the region.

Such officers are authorised to:

  • Seize and impound animals wandering at large.
  • Declare dangerous dogs.
  • Investigate complaints including nuisance and dog attacks.
  • Issue notices and fines (SPER) to identified non-compliant animal keeper/carer.
  • Issue destruction orders in accordance with Local Law/Legislation.
  • Entry onto land in certain circumstances.
  • Educate community members through special events, education material, school visits.

Responsibilities of the Owner/Carer

  • If your dog is three months or older, it must be registered with the local government of the area.
  • Cat registration is not mandatory, however it is encouraged.
  • All cats and dogs over 12 weeks of age must be microchipped.
  • Your animal is not to create a nuisance to others, such as barking and/or behaviour that may cause fear to a person or another animal.
  • Your animal must not wander off your land without being under a persons effective control.
  • You must walk your animal on a lead when in a public place.
  • If your animal defecates in a public place you must clean up and dispose of in a sanitary manner.
  • Ensure the general welfare of your animal at all times.
  • Microchip appropriately if you are selling or giving your animal to another person.

Emergencies

After hours emergency animal control situations are to be reported on 1300 007 662. Please note this phone number is strictly for after hours emergencies only i.e. aggressive dogs, restrained wandering dogs, dog attacks and roaming stock in the town area.

Add link to Reporting a Dog Attack Fact Sheet

All complaints relating to other situations such as barking dogs, unrestrained wandering dogs etc will be dealt with on the next working day.

Animal Welfare

Animal welfare issues are of a great concern to council, however we do not have any jurisdiction over animal cruelty or complaints about animal welfare.  All of these types of matters need to be raised with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Animal Welfare.  Council do however work closely with this Department and assist wherever possible.  To find out more on Animal Welfare or how to report a concern please visit the links below.

For more information please visit:

  • www.daf.qld.gov.au/ -Biosecurity Queensland,a service of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, is the government's lead agency for animal welfare activities in Queensland. They develop, monitor and enforce animal welfare policy, legislation and standards, and educate the community about animal welfare.
  • https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/livestock/animal-welfare/complaints- Information regarding Animal welfare complaints and how to report them.
  • www.rspca.org.au - The RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. The Maranoa does not have a local center however, resources can be viewed and services accessed from the webpage.

Other Handy Links :

  • www.ehp.qld.gov.au - Department of Environment and Heritage Protection cares for nuisance, sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and relocate them to other areas.
  • www.boobook.biz- BooBook are local consultants and experienced in ecology, species identification, trapping and handling native wildlife and environmental management.
  • www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health- The rules for animals in outdoor dining areas are outlined under the Queensland Food Act 2006. Visit Queensland Health website.

Keeping of Animals

Standards for Keeping Animals

For more details on keeping of local animals please contact council or refer to the applicable Local Law. 

Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011

Subordinate Local Law No.2 (Animal Management) 2011 - Certified Copy

Pet owners must ensure their animals do not harm humans, the environment or cause nuisance at any time.  The number of animals you may keep depends on the size and location of your property.  Before choosing a pet, council urges you to seek advice as restrictions do apply.

Fencing & Enclosures

Pet owners have a duty to provide proper fencing and enclosures to prevent their pets from wandering.  The enclosure must prevent the animal from escaping over, under or through it.  In the Maranoa it is mandatory to keep pets contained within your property.

Wandering pets are in danger of getting lost, injured or killed.  They can damage and be a nuisance to neighbouring properties, wildlife and other domestic animals as well as cause traffic accidents.  Dogs can also attack people, other animals and especially other dogs.

Effective Control of Dogs

Dogs are naturally inquisitive and enjoy new experiences, sights and smells.  As a responsible dog owner you are required to walk or exercise your dog on a leash, and to ensure it does not cause nuisance or injury to humans, or other animals.  Do not forget it is your responsibility to clean up or pick up after your dog.

Excess Dogs

You may keep up to two dogs over 3 months of age per household or one dog on a multi-residential premises (unit) in the designated town area without approval.

Approval is required to keep more than:

  • two dogs over three months of age on an allotment in the designated town area (maximum 4 dogs)
  • one dog over three months of age on a multi-residential premises (i.e. unit) (maximum 2 dogs)

Applications will only be approved in extraordinary circumstances such as:

  • Death or serious illness of a family member
  • Member of a family moving into a retirement or care facility that does not allow dogs
  • Unforeseen circumstances necessitating a move into the designated town area

Application Process

To apply complete the relevant application form. Forms are available by contacting Council on 1300 007 662, visiting a nearby Customer Service Centre or downloading the following link. 

Excess Animal (Dog) Application Form

Step 1: Application Submission

A fully completed application form is to be lodged with council, along with the relevant fee and mandatory information.  It is important to note that all dogs must be microchipped and registered prior to submitting the application and if you are not the owner of the premises where the dogs are to be kept, you will require the owners written consent.

If the mandatory information is not supplied or the application fee is not paid your application will not be processed.

Step 2: Application Assessment

Council will assess your application against the relevant requirements.

If Council requires further information to decide the application, you will be notified in writing outlining the required information and when it must be received by Council.  If the information is not received within the required timeframe, you may be required to make a new application.

An inspection of your premises and dog enclosure will be undertaken to ensure all requirements of the Local Laws are met.  Your dogs and enclosure will be photographed.

Step 3: Decision

You will be notified of the decision in writing.  If approved, an annual renewal is required.

Please allow approximately 6 – 8 weeks for your application to be processed, if further information is request this timeframe may extend.

Animals – what can I keep?

The table below provides guidelines as to the type and number of animals that can be kept in the Maranoa Regional Council Area.  Please note some animals are prohibited.

Animal TypeConditions
Dog

No more than 4 dogs over the age of 3 months on an allotment in the designated town area.

(over 2 dogs requires council approval)

No more than 2 dogs over the age of 3 months on a multi-residential dwelling.

(over 1 dog requires council approval)

Cat

No more than 2 cats over the age of 3 months on an allotment in the designated town area.

No more than 1 cat over the age of 3 months on a multi-residential dwelling.

Horse or CowMay only be kept in the designated town area if the block size is a minimum of 4000m2 and must not be located within a 10m radius of a residence on adjoining premises.
Donkey, Stallion or BullProhibited in the designated town area.
Sheep, Goat, Alpaca or Llama

May only be kept in the designated town area if the block size is a minimum of 4000m2 and no more than 1 animal per 1000m2.

The animal must not be located within a 10m radius of a residence on adjoining premises.

(i.e. if your block is 4000m2 you can keep 4 sheep or 1 per 1000m2)

Peacock, Rooster or Guinea FowlProhibited in the designated town area.
PigProhibited in the designated town area.
Poultry (other than a rooster), Duck or Goose

May only be kept in the designated town area if the block size is 500m2 or larger.

No more than 10 animals of this type can be kept unless approved by Council.

The animals must not be located within a 10m radius of a residence on adjoining premises and kept within a suitable enclosure.

Bees

A hive can only be kept in the designated town area if the block size is 4000m2 or greater.

The animal must not be located within a 10m radius of a residence on adjoining premises.

Budgerigar, Canary or other bird of a similar size

No more than 20 birds can be kept on an allotment in the designated town area.

Must be kept enclosed in a suitable cage/aviary and not within 1 metre from the side or rear boundaries of a premises.

Racing Pigeons

No more than 20 birds can be kept on an allotment in the designated town area.

Must be kept enclosed in a suitable cage/aviary and not within 1 metre from the side or rear boundaries of a premises.

 

Queensland Dog Breeder Register – Breeding, Selling & Advertising

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws that will promote the responsible breeding of dogs.

The laws require all persons giving away, supplying, selling, or advertising dogs or puppies to have a unique identifying number (Supply Number) that identifies the registered breeder of that dog. The laws apply only to dogs born on or after 26 May 2017. Dogs born before this date are not impacted.

Any person with a female dog with a litter is a breeder. The laws apply to people who are professional breeders, occasional breeders, and to people who are not making money from the dogs or puppies supplied. The laws apply to occasional, accidental or planned litters.

Fact Sheet - Buying or Obtaining a dog

Fact Sheet - Breeding Dogs in Queensland

Fact Sheet - Breeding Working Dogs in Queensland

 

For more information on Council's Local Laws and other relevant legislation, follow the links below:

Acts

  • ​Animal Management Act (Cats and Dogs) 2008
  • Local Government Act 2009
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992​​
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