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Responsible Pet Ownership
You can keep up to two dogs and up to two cats. Animals kept on farm land are exempt. See pages 27-28 of the Community Local Law 2017 for details. Submit an Excess Animals Application to apply for a permit to keep more pets than listed above.
Call the Ballarat Animal Shelter on 5334 2075 or visit the Ballarat Animal Shelter on Facebook. We can quickly reunite you with your pet if they are registered. It is much more difficult if they are not registered. Learn about registering your animal.
Registering your pet helps us reunite you with your pet if they are picked up by our staff.
Registering a domestic animal business
Under current legislation, all domestic animal businesses must be registered with the City of Ballarat. Domestic animal businesses include: animal pounds operated by Council or a Council contractor breeding businesses (cats and/or dogs) training for dogs and cats pet shops animal (welfare) shelters dog/cat rearing/breeding premises.