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Domestic Animal Businesses

Domestic Animal Business Registration

All Domestic Animal Businesses (DAB) operating within the City of Greater Dandenong must obtain a DAB registration permit with Council. All DAB’s must comply with the State Government Code of Practice relevant to that specific type of business. The Codes of Practice are designed to ensure acceptable animal welfare standards are met and maintained. The permit is renewable on 9 April each year.

Domestic Animal Businesses are

Breeding and rearing businesses

Pet Shops

Dog Training establishments

Shelters and Pounds

Boarding establishments

Applications

Complete a City of Greater Dandenong Domestic Animal Business Registration Application  
Domestic Animal Business Registration Application - 379KB

Email application to Council or submit in person at any of our customer service centres.

Please check with Council to ensure your proposed business does not require further planning, building or environmental health permits.

Inspections

An inspection is required before a permit can be issued and all Domestic Animal Businesses are inspected annually for compliance with the relevant State Government code of practice.

Fees

An application fee is payable at the time of application and annually before 10 April each year.

Domestic Animal Business Permit Fee

Name Standard fee Description
Domestic Animal Business Permit Fee $275

Fee is payable on application and on renewal (every year on or before 9 April).

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Breeder Categories

Microbreeders

If you own one or two fertile female cats or dogs and breed to sell you are classified as a as microbreeder.

Microbreeders do not have to register as a domestic animal business with their local council.

(Note an Excess Animal Permit will be required to keep more than two dogs or cats over 3 months of age at a property less than 5,000sqm in area).

Recreational breeders

If you are a member of an Applicable Organisation with up to 10 fertile female cats or dogs and breed to sell, you are classified as a recreational breeder.

Recreational breeders do not need to register with their local council as a Domestic Animal Business. Recreational breeders are required to comply with their organisation’s rules and code of ethics.

(Note an Excess Animal Permit will be required to keep more than two dogs or cats over 3 months of age at a property less than 5,000sqm in area).

Breeding domestic animal businesses

If you have between 3 and 10 fertile female dogs or cats, are not a member of an Applicable Organisation, and breed to sell, you are classified as a Domestic Animal Business. DAB's must be registered with local council and comply with the code of practice. DAB’s must also comply with their council’s local laws and planning laws.

Commercial dog breeders

Commercial Dog Breeder approval is required if you wish to keep more than 10 fertile female dogs on your property.

Breeders with between 11 and 50 fertile female dogs must first be registered as a DAB with their local council, after which they can apply to the Minister for Agriculture to obtain commercial dog breeder approval.

All commercial dog breeding businesses will be subject to audits and inspection by departmental authorised officers, must comply with the Code of Practice and the requirements set by the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and its supporting Regulations.