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Domestic Animal Business

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Under current legislation, all Domestic Animal Businesses must be registered with the Golden Plains Shire and comply with the mandatory Code of Practice.

Domestic animal businesses include:
  •  Breeding businesses (cats and/or dogs)
  •  Training facilities for dogs
  •  Pet shops
  •  Animal (welfare) shelters
  •  Dog/cat rearing premises, and
  •  Boarding Establishments

Responsibilities of a domestic animal business as defined under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 can be found the Department of Agriculture website.



As a Domestic Animal Business, you are required to register with Council. On receipt of your Domestic Animal Business Application to register, Council will conduct an inspection of your facilities.
To ensure you are compliant with the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses, download this checklist and submit to Council with your application. 
Existing registrations will be sent a renewal form early March and must be renewed by 10 April each year.


The fee for registration and/or renewal of a Domestic Animal Business is $205.00 (2019/2020)


Further information

If you require further assistance with a Domestic Animal Business registration, please contact the Community Safety Team on 5220 7111 or email us at  

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Page Last Updated:

Monday, 1 July 2019 - 12:23pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.