Burdekin Shire Council will now consider applications from residents seeking to keep certain animals, including applications to have more than two dogs.
Council’s Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said, while it was still Council’s preference for no more than two dogs to be kept on any property under 4000m2 in area, applications would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approvals would be issued where exceptional circumstances apply.
“This decision has come about since the completion of last year’s approved inspection program, and there will be strict guidelines for applicants to follow,” she said.
“Council originally stopped issuing approvals for having more than two dogs when we had significant, ongoing issues with unregistered dogs and non-compliance with the local law.
“I would advise people to obtain approval to keep more than two dogs before getting the extra dog as they will have to demonstrate exceptional circumstances for their application to be approved.
“For example, if there are already two dogs on the property, stating that the animal is required for security or as a pet is not likely to justify an approval.
“We will assess each application on a case-by-case basis as there is no set list of acceptable circumstances.”
Mrs Whitworth said before considering an application, a Council compliance officer would make arrangements to discuss the approval process with the applicant and then arrange an appointment to inspect the premises where the animals would be kept.
“Compliance officers will check with neighbours, the applicant’s history with dogs, the breed and age of the dog and the reason for wanting the dog as well as whether the enclosure on the property is adequate,” she said.
“People who had previously been refused an approval may reapply after 12 months.”
Mrs Whitworth said there would be a non-refundable annual fee payable on lodgement of the application.
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.