Domestic animal businesses
In Victoria, the Domestic Animals Act 1994 defines Domestic Animal Businesses as any of the following:
- A Council pound (operated by the Council or a contractor on behalf of Council)
- A dog and/or cat breeding business - where there are three or more fertile females and animals are sold (whether a profit is made or not), and the proprietor is not a member of an Applicable Organisation. If the proprietor is a member of an Applicable Organisation, they are exempt from registering as a breeding Domestic Animal Business if they have less than 10 fertile female animals AND no more than 2 are not registered with an Applicable Organisation.
- A dog training establishment (where the business is run for profit)
- A pet shop (operated in a permanent location that must be open at least 5 days per week)
- An animal shelter (e.g. welfare organisations such as the RSPCA and The Lost Dogs' Home)
- An establishment boarding dogs or cats (where the business is run for profit to provide overnight, daycare or homecare boarding)
- An establishment that is rearing dogs or cats (where the business is run for profit).
All domestic animal businesses must be registered annually with their local council and comply with the appropriate mandatory Code of Practice. Local council will often require an inspection of the facilities prior to registration each year. Councils are required to report the number of domestic animal businesses registered with them to the department on an annual basis.
See responsibilities of a domestic animal business as defined under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 for:
Choosing a Pet
Can you look after a pet properly? If so, what is the right type of pet for you, based on your lifestyle?
Buying a pet from an animal welfare shelter
Read about the advantages in purchasing a pet from a registered shelter or pound.
Legal requirements for dog owners
All dog owners must be aware of requirements to register, microchip and confine dogs to the property.