Pets and Animals

Pets and Animals

Keeping of birds and animals 

As a pet owner you have a responsibility to ensure that:

  • Your animal is cared for
  • Keeping your pet doesn't adversely interfere with your neighbours' amenity or health
  • Pets are kept in accordance with legislative and Council requirements.

Council has a number of policies that are aimed at ensuring pets are kept in a manner that prevents nuisances to surrounding properties.

Local Order Policy 18: Keeping of birds and animals

This policy stipulates the requirements to be met when keeping birds and animals such as dogs, cats, bees or rabbits.

These requirements include:

  • The maximum number of animals permitted
  • Distance of housing structures from certain buildings
  • Other regulations or requirements that must be met, such as cleaning and hygiene
  • Advice or recommendations to prevent nuisances. 

Failure to comply with these requirements may lead to council issuing an Order Number 18 under Section 124 of the Local Government Act 1993. Failure to comply with an order may lead to legal proceedings. 

See: Keeping of Birds and Animals (pdf 164KB)

For further information on dogs and cats, please refer to the Companion Animals webpage. 

Should you wish to make a complaint or to receive a copy of council's Local Orders Policy, please contact Council's Kogarah Service Centre on 9330 9400.