Fraser Coast Regional Council with Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) promotes responsible cat and dog breeding, through the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Local Laws No 2 Animal Management 2011.
If you breed or intend to breed, Council Local Laws require you to hold an Animal Breeder Approval and comply with the Breeder Code of Practice. This is required for cats & dogs – male or female*.
To apply, complete the Annual Breeders permit approval form, read the Breeders Code of Practice then submit the completed application form. Once an application is submitted it will be reviewed by a Community Ranger.
In accordance with Council’s Local Laws, permits expire on 30 June each year and are non-transferable to another property, unless otherwise specified in the approval.
An application fee for a Breeders Permit Approval applies as per Council's Fees & Charges Schedule.
More information can be found on the Breeding in the Fraser Coast Factsheet and also on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website relating to animal welfare standards, compliance, registered dog breeders, selling and supply of animals.
Failure to comply with legislation may incur a penalty.
*FEMALE DOGS: Before council can accept a breeder’s application for female dogs, they must be registered with DAF as a breeder via their portal. Once registered with DAF you will obtain a Breeder Identification Number (BIN). This is your Supply Number that must be displayed when you give away, supply, sell or advertise your cat or dog progeny. Once you have your BIN number, you may make application to Council for a breeder’s permit.
The responsibilities of an animal owner with a Breeder Permit
- The animal owner must provide Council with the completed Breeding Record Form (obtained after application is approved) within 2 weeks of the birth of the offspring.
- It must include all female and male offspring. Council will then record all offspring and issue the animal owner with sale of progeny form for each animal.
- The animal owner must complete the applicable 'Sale of Progeny form' for the relevant animal upon each sale and then supply Council and any offspring purchasers with a completed copy within 2 weeks of the sale.
- All cats and dogs must be microchipped before they are giving away, supply, sell or advertise you cat or dog progeny not before 8 weeks and not after 12 weeks.
Amendments to a permit
Minor amendment (fee applies) - An application for a major amendment to the permit is required when
- a breeder moves address within the Fraser Coast Regional Council area; or
- a breeder wishes to add additional breeding animal/s to the permit.
Amendment where no amendment fee applies - An application is still required to amend a permit in the following circumstances (no fee payable):
- removing one animal/replacing with one animal;
- reducing the number of animals on the permit; or
- cancelling an approved permit (upon death of all animal/s on the permit or moving out of the Fraser Coast Regional Council area).
NOTE TO PURCHASERS - The animal is not officially registered with Council until the sale of progeny form as given to you by the animal owner is submitted to Council.
In addition to the above responsibilities the animal owner must not sell or giveaway a cat or dog that is not desexed unless:
- The purchaser is supplied with a signed veterinarian surgeon certificate for the cat or dog stating that desexing is likely to be a serious risk to the health of the animal; or
- The cat or dog is under 22 weeks of age and the purchaser is given a veterinary surgeons voucher (paid in full) to have the cat or dog desexed; or
- The purchaser is a member of a registered show association and the supply is for the purpose of showing or exhibiting; or
- The cat or dog is given to a person who does not reside within the Fraser Coast region.
Failure to comply with the conditions of a "Breeder Permit" may incur a penalty.
Where can I get more information?
If you would like further information, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 79 49 29.