Domestic Animal Business

Domestic Animal Business Registration is necessary for animal boarding facilities (which may include veterinary clinics offering board), dog training companies and pet shops.  Registration is payable by 10 April each year.

Do you have 3 or more fertile female dogs,OR 3 or more fertile female cats? AND do you sell dogs or cats (whether you make a profit or not)?  You now need to register as a domestic animal business.

Renewing registration

You will be sent your registration renewal for a Domestic Animal Business permit each year.

You can renew your registration in the following ways:

  • by online payment -  please remember to return your completed registration form when paying online
  • by mail to PO Box 156, Ringwood 3134
  • in person at any or our Service Centres.

Please provide a copy of Certificate of Currency (Public Liability Insurance of a minimum of $10 million). 

New registrations

Apply by downloading and completing the following application form and forwarding to:

Local Laws
Maroondah City Council
PO Box 156
Ringwood 3134

or visit one of our Service Centres.

PDF  Domestic Animal Business Registration Form (PDF, 71 kB) 

  Domestic Animal Business Registration Form.doc (Doc, 48kB)  

Are you selling cats or dogs?

New legislation changes under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 commenced on 1 January 2012.

The legislative changes primarily address the issue of "illegal puppy farms" and the redefining of domestic animal businesses.  Individuals who have 3 or more fertile female dogs or cats and sell their offspring (whether a profit is made or not) are now classified as a Domestic Animal Business and must register with Council.

Advertising the sale of cats or dogs

It is now a requirement that the microchip identification number of any dog or cat for sale is included in the advertisement or notice. A registered domestic animal business may use its Council business registration number as an alternative.

Do you have 3 or more fertile female dogs,OR 3 or more fertile female cats? AND do you sell dogs or cats (whether you make a profit or not)?

You are now considered to be a “breeding domestic animal business" and you must register with Council.

For further information, you can contact Council, or call 136 186 or visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/pets


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