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Local Law No. 2 Review: Animal Keeping Facts

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Friday, 18 September 2020 - 9:30am

As part of the current consultation on the proposed Draft Local Law No. 2, Council has received a number of questions relating to the animal management section. Here are the facts:

  • Many Councils across the State have local laws regulating the number of animals that can be kept on private land. This is to ensure animal welfare and the amenity of all residents is protected.
  • Council's current Local Law No. 2 currently regulates the number of animals that can be kept on private land, with limits depending on property size.
  • The Draft Local Law No. 2 does not propose to make significant changes to the existing limits, except for properties between 4 to 6 hectares.
  • Some households may need to get a permit for animals on their properties for the first time, however, there will be others that will no longer require a permit should the Draft Local Law No. 2 in its current form be adopted. You can find the proposed limits by property size on pages 24 to 26 of the Draft Local Law No. 2.
  • Properties with a planning permit or existing use rights for animal breeding or training under the Golden Plains Planning Scheme would not require a Local Law permit.
  • For property owners who wish to keep more animals than described in the Local Law No. 2, they can request a permit from Council, subject to conditions. This is also included in the proposed Draft Local Law No. 2.

Council welcomes feedback on all sections of the Draft Local Law No. 2, until 11.59am, Tuesday 22 September, and residents and ratepayers can have their say online on Council’s website, by email or by post. You can find more information on the Draft Local Law and how to provide feedback here. All feedback received will be considered in refining the draft document, which will be considered by Council in early 2021.

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Friday, 18 September 2020 - 9:36am


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.