PLEASE NOTE: Council made the decision on 24 May 2016 to cease mandatory cat registration as of 1 July 2016.
Almost 30 percent of Australian homes have a cat. Cats are wonderful companions and are a popular pet choice. Highly adaptable and flexible, cats fit into domestic life easily.
However, cats are predators by nature and will go looking for mates, defend territory and hunt wildlife outdoors. This predatory nature is particularly active after dark; the same time your cat is most vulnerable if outdoors. Ipswich City Council, through its permits, Local Laws and animal programs, assists owners to understand feline behaviour and protect their animal, whilst minimising potential disruption to community and the local environment by cats that are not managed responsibly.
You can keep up to two cats on your property without the need for a permit or up to four cats on land 2,000m² or more. A kitten is considered a cat at three months of age.
If you wish to keep more than two cats, you must apply to Ipswich City Council for a permit.
It is important to note all cat owners in Ipswich, regardless of whether they require a permit or not, must comply with Local Law standards.
Should you wish to make a request for Council to investigate the keeping of more than two cats on a person's property on land that exceeds the above-listed requirements, please click here to report it online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with the necessary information including location and address of the property and estimation of the number of cats being kept.
Local Laws are provided by Council to assist owners to look after their cat/s, and to promote ownership responsibility in the protection of our local environment. All cat owners in Ipswich must comply with the following minimum standards in accordance with Local Law No. 6 (AnimalManagement) 2013, regardless of whether they require a permit or not:
Animal noise is considered excessive if:
(i) it is made or can be heard within a residential area for more than a total of 6 minutes whether continually or intermittently in an hour from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm on any day; and
(ii) in the opinion of an authorised person it unreasonably disrupts or inhibits an actively ordinarily carried out on residential premises
Animal noise is considered excessive if:
(i) it is made or can be heard in a residential area for more than a total of 3 minutes whether continually or intermittently in any 30 minute period on any day after 10.00 pm but before 7.00 am; and
(ii) in the opinion of an authorised person it unreasonably disrupts or inhibits an activity ordinarily carried out on residential premises
Cat owners do not require a permit to keep up to 2 cats or up to 4 cats on land 2,000m². If you wish to keep up to 4 cats on land less than 2,000m², you must apply to Ipswich City Council for a permit.
Council does not issue Standard Permits for keeping cats.
Council issues Non-Standard Permits to residents in the following circumstances:
Domestic Cat Permit
Issued to keep 3 or 4 desexed cats on land less than 2,000m²
Note: If you wish to receive a map outlining the neighbours you need to notify, please contact Council on
Commercial Cattery Licence
Issued for Boarding, breeding, selling.
Note: Permit application fees must be paid at time of lodgement. These fees are non-refundable.
Note: A cattery is defined as 'Intensive Animal Husbandry' under the Ipswich Planning Scheme 2006. Such uses may require planning approval from Council. It is recommended before you apply for a permit, you contact Council's Planning and Development Department on (07) 3810 6666 for further information.
If you require any further information about keeping cats in Ipswich, please contact Council during business hours on (07) 3810 6666.
If you encounter a nuisance cat from a neighbouring property, the first step could be to discuss the issue with your neighbour. Sometimes the issue of nuisance cats can be resolved by speaking to the cat owner first, without the need to involve Council. Once a person is made aware that an issue is causing a nuisance to their neighbours, most of the time, they will take steps to fix the problem. Council strongly encourages the community to discuss these issues with their neighbours.
The Queensland Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General have developed a Neighbourhood Mediation Kit which provides advice on how to approach your neighbour to discuss a concern and tips on setting up mediation.
If neighbourhood disputes can not be resolved you may wish to take advantage of the Governments free Mediation Services. If so please contact the Dispute Resolution Branch on 1800 017 288 (toll free), or by post to:
Dispute Resolution Branch
GPO Box 149
BRISBANE QLD 4001
For more information on this service please visit the Queensland Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General website.
Alternatively should you wish to make a request for a Council Officer to investigate a nuisance cat, please click here to report it online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with necessary information including details of the nuisance, location, breed of cat (if known), etc.
If you encounter an injured cat, it is recommended you contact the RSPCA on (07) 3426 9955 or take it to a veterinarian. If the cat is deceased, contact Ipswich Waste on (07) 3810 6666 for collection.
Council offers the service of euthanasia for cats at an appropriate cost. Cats are euthanised by lethal injection. It may be more cost effective to have your local veterinarian perform this service. An alternative to euthanasia is to have the cat rehoused. Cats can be collected from the owner's property however a higher fee will be charged to cover travel and staffing costs. Council does not offer this service (euthanasia of dogs and cats) for any other animals.