MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council is reminding dog owners of the need to obtain a permit to keep more than one dog on a property of less than 499 square metres.
The local law is not new, with the 2022 Council’s Community Amenity Local Law mirroring previous restrictions and local laws in most other Victorian municipalities.
The number of animals allowed to be kept under the local law is based on property size in an effort to minimise the potential nuisance caused by animals, as well as protect the welfare of the animal.
On larger blocks of up to 2499 square metres (about half an acre), permits are required to keep more than two dogs, for the same nuisance and welfare issues.
Properties of 2500 square metres or more can keep up to three dogs.
There are also restrictions on keeping other animals on house blocks.
For further information on keeping dogs, cats, horses, poultry, pigs, roosters, sheep, goats, and cattle go to mornpen.vic.gov.au/Your-Property/Animals-Pets/How-many-animals-or-birds-can-I-keep-on-my-property
First published in the Mornington News – 1st August 2023