Keeping Cats in Ipswich
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.
Cat owners in Ipswich must comply with a number of Local Law and environmental health requirements, including the compulsory registration of all cats with Ipswich City Council. See Permits and Local Laws for further information.
Number of Cats Allowed
You can keep two cats on your property without the need for a permit. 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, please 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.
Permits and Local Laws
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:
- The animal is adequately identified so that the keeper's name, address and telephone number is readily ascertainableAn adequate supply of food and water must be provided
- An adequate supply of food and water is provided
- Water containers are kept free from mosquitoes and flies
- All faeces, urine, food scrapes, and other waste are disposed of so as not to cause nuisance
- Animals are kept in a manner so as not to be injurious to the health of a person
- Animals are kept in a manner so as not to cause a nuisance including to the occupiers of adjoining premises or premises in the immediate vicinity of the place where the animal is kept
- All feed is kept in a vermin and fly proof container or facility
- The animal has adequate freedom to exercise having due regard to the species, breed, size and nature of the animal
- The animals is vaccinated and inoculated having regard to the age of the animal
- Any animals offered for sale or given away are vaccinated and inoculated as appropriate having regard to the age of the animal
- Any animal suffering from a transmissible or communicable disease is prevented from interacting with other vector animal
- An animal does not create excessive noise
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
- The animal is provided with a suitable shelter from the elements having regards to the breed, size and nature of the animals;
- Any shelter is:
- constructed and maintained so as to prevent the harbourage of vermin; an
- maintained and kept at all times in a clean and sanitary condition.
There are also further responsibilties under the State Government's Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008:
- All cats must be registered with Ipswich City Council
- Owners must ensure any cat is microchipped before they are sold or given away
- Adequate fencing or an enclosure must be provided to confine your cat to your property at all times, or to be able to demonstrate to a Council Officer how the cat is confined in the absence of enclosure or appropriate fencing
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 issues 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
- Must comply with the minimum standards mentioned above
- All cats must be Desexed
- All cats must be confined to the premises at all times unless restrained by a lead or other means
- Notification to all neighbours within 100 metres 3 weeks prior to lodging an application (permits can be approved without notification)
Note: If you wish to receive a map outlining the neighbours you need to notify, please contact Council on
(07) 3810 6666.
Five Plus Cat Permit
Issued to keep 5 or more desexed cats
Commercial Cattery Licence
Issued for Boarding, breeding, selling.
- Must comply with the minimum standards mentioned above
- All necessary approvals must be obtained from Council
- All pet food to be stored in vermin proof containers
- Full details must be kept of methods of disposal of cats including sale and "give aways". The information will include a copy of the vaccination certificate and new owners name and address
- Records must be kept of all cats kept at the premises or sold or given away from the premises; such records must include a copy of the vaccination certificate, microchipping information (all animals must be microchipped at point of sale or "give away") and new owners name and address
- Any cat that is found to be suffering from a transmissible or communicable disease must be placed in isolation. The holder of the licence must have facilities to effectively isolate diseased cats when necessary
- No cat is to be kept at the premises, sold, or given away from the premises unless vaccinated appropriate to the age of the animal
- All waste and refuse generated from the keeping of cats under this licence must be disposed of in a manner so as not to cause a nuisance
- All cages or enclosures to be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected on a daily basis to avoid the spread of disease
- The provision of adequate enclosures to prevent the egress of housed cats and the ingress of other cats
- All cats must be kept in a manner so as not to cause a nuisance
- All cats to be confined to the premises at all times
- The maximum number of cats to be kept on the premises shall be determined by Council giving regards to all relevant circumstances
Note: All cats must be registered. Registration fees are separate to permit fees. Permit application fees must be paid at time of lodgement. These fees are non-refundable.
Cats - Permit Application Kit (PDF, 587 kb)
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 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.
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