Specified Animal Permits

You may require a Specified Animal Permit for an animal or the amount of animals you wish to keep on your premise. 
To check whether you require a permit see the tabs to the left.

If you require a permit you will need to complete an Application for a Specified Animal Permit and lodge this with Council. An application fee is required to be paid on lodgement and, if applicable, all the animals must be currently registered with Livingstone Shire Council.

Upon receipt of the application a Local Law Officer will contact you to arrange an inspection of the premise to ensure it meets the criteria and is appropriate for keeping the animal/s.

Once approved, an annual permit will be issued. A licence fee is required to be paid yearly to renew the permit and an inspection will be conducted at this time.

  • Circumstances in which the keeping of bees require approval

    • more than 2 hives on an allotment with an area between 400m2 and 1,000m2
    • more than 5 hives on an allotment with an area between 1,001m2 and 2,000m2 (see Code of Practice for Urban Bee Keeping in Queensland 1998)

    Minimum standards for keeping bees

    • Each owner of, and responsible person for bees which are kept on premises must ensure that -
    • the bees are kept without nuisance; and
    • any beehive construction for the purpose of keeping the bees is not located within a radius of 10m of -
      • a residence on adjoining premises; or
      • a place used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food intended for human consumption other than a domestic kitchen used solely for domestic purposes by the owner or responsible person for the bees; or
      • a place used for the storage of food (other than food kept in hermetically sealed packages); and
    • each beehive constructed for the purpose of keeping bees is adequately identified so that the owner's name, address and telephone number are readily ascertained; and 
    • if a code of practice for the keeping of bees has been approved by the local government - the bees are kept in accordance with the requirement of the code of practice.
  • Circumstances in which keeping of animal or animals required approval

    • 3, 4 or 5 greyhounds over the age of 12 weeks on an allotment with an are less than 10,000m2
    • 6, 7 or 8 greyhounds over the age of 12 weeks on an allotment with an area between 10,000m2 and 100,000m2
    • more than 8 greyhounds over the age of 12 weeks on an allotment with an area more than 100,000m2

    Minimum standards to keeping of greyhounds

    • Each owner of, and responsible person for, a greyhound must -
    • ensure that the greyhound is kept - 
      • without nuisance; and
      • if a code of practice for the keeping of greyhounds has been approved by the Greyhound Racing Authority of Queensland - in accordance with the requirements of the code of practice
    • not bring into, or permit the greyhound to be in a public place unless the greyhound is muzzled so as to prevent the greyhound from biting.
  • Circumstances in which keeping of animal or animals requires approval

    Horse or Donkey

    More than 1 horse or donkey (other than a racehorse or a stallion) on an allotment with an area greater than 2,000m2 but less than 20,000m2

    Cow or Bull

    More than 1 cow or bull on an allotment with an area greater than 2,000m2 but less than 20,000m2, except where the cow or bull is kept within a 'town common' designated by the local government for grazing cattle under 'common rights'.

    Racehorse

    1 or more racehorses in an urban area

    Stallion

    A stallion on an allotment within a 50 kilometre radius of a public office of the local government unless that stallion is a racehorse kept in pursuant to an approval granted by the local government under the authorising local law

    Sheep, Goat, Alpaca or Llama

    More than 1 sheep, goat, alpaca or llama on an allotment with an area less than 20,000m2

    Minimum standards for keeping the above animals and other domesticated animals of similar size

    Each owner of, and responsible person for, an animal specified above which is kept on premises must ensure that any enclosure in which the animal is kept is not located within a radius of 10m of - 

    • a residence on adjoining premises; or
    • a place used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food intended for human consumption other than a domestic kitchen used solely for domestic purposes by the owner or responsible person for the animal; or
    • a place used for the storage of food (other than food kept in hermetically sealed packages).
  • Circumstances in which keeping of animal or animals requires approval

    Birds other than nuisance birds    

    More than 5, but not more than 20 birds on an allotment with an area less than 20,000m2 

    Nuisance Birds (a rooster, duck, goose, cockatoo, galah or peacock)    

    1 or more nuisance birds on an allotment with an area less than 20,000m2 

    Racing Pigeons

    1 or more racing pigeons on an allotment with an area of 800m2 or more.

    Minimum standards for keeping all birds including pigeons and poultry including peacock, peahen, ostrich and emu

    • Each owner of, and responsible person for, pigeons which are kept on premises must ensure that -
    • the bird is kept without nuisance
    • the bird is contained within a cage, aviary or enclosure
    • the bird food is kept in a properly sealed, vermin proof container
    • the cage, aviary or enclosure in which the bird is kept is thoroughly cleaned at least once each week
    • if a code of practice for the keeping of birds of a relevant species has been approved by the local government - the bird is kept in accordance with the requirements of the code of practice

    For pigeons and poultry including peacock, peahen, ostrich and emu the enclosure must not be located

    • at the rear of, and behind, any residence situated on the premises
    • within a radius of 10 metres of a residence on adjoining premises
    • within a radius of 10 metres of a place used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food intended for human consumption other than a domestic kitchen used solely for domestic purposes by the owner or responsible person for the bird
    • within a radius of 10 metres of a place used for storage of food (other than food kept in hermetically sealed packages)