Animal restrictions and fines

Restricted dog breeds

Restricted dog breeds are considered to pose a higher risk to community safety than other breeds of dogs. Restricted breed dogs must be muzzled and on a leash while outside your property and in public places.

The following dog breeds are restricted in Victoria:

  • American pit bull terrier (or pit bull terrier)
  • fila brasileiro
  • Japanese tosa
  • dogo argentino
  • perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario).
  • More information on the regulations is available on the restricted breed dogs page of the State Government website. 

Reporting a restricted dog breed

We encourage you to report any concerns you have that a local dog maybe a restricted breed.

You can make a report by calling the dangerous dog hotline on 1300 101 080, between 8am and 6pm daily. The information received will be forwarded on to the relevant council which will investigate the report. The hotline should not be used in an emergency. If people are in immediate danger they should phone 000.

If you would like to report any concerns about local dogs to Yarra City Council directly, please contact us on 9205 5555.

Dangerous dogs

If your dog rushes at someone or acts dangerously, we can issue fines and declare your dog to be a menace or dangerous.

There are very strict controls on the housing, exercising and ownership of menacing/dangerous dogs.

If a dog is found to be dangerous, it will be added to the Victorian Declared Dog Registry.

If you are attacked by a dog or witness an attack, contact Yarra City Council immediately on 9205 5555.

Fines relating to animals

We can issue fines or prosecute residents who do not follow the laws relating to their animals and pets.

You may get a fine for the following: 

  • failing to register your dog or cat. All dogs and cats over 3 months of age are required to be registered with Yarra City Council
  • failing to renew your dog or cat’s registration by 10 April each year
  • a registered animal in public without a registration tag
  • failing to pick up after your dog
  • failing to carry bags to pick up after your dog
  • your dog is roaming and not securely confined on your property
  • when in a public place your dog is not complying with the Yarra City Council orders, for example dog off-leash in an on-leash area, failure to carry a leash or dogs in playgrounds
  • animals creating a nuisance or trespassing onto private property (for example, a barking dog)
  • keeping prohibited or excessive numbers of animals on your property.

There are restrictions on the numbers and types of animals you can keep in Yarra. The type of property you live in (house, flat or unit) will determine the number and types of animals you can keep.

You cannot keep any more animals or types of animals on your property other than the number of animals listed.

If your property is a house

Animal Number
Dogs 2
Cats 2
Ferrets 2
Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats or mice 4
Chickens 5
Domestic birds/caged non poultry 15
Bee hives 2

You are not permitted to keep peafowl or guinea fowl, pheasants, turkeys, ducks and geese, roosters or poultry other than those specified.

If your property is a flat or unit

Animal Number
Dogs 1
Cats 1
Domestic birds/caged non poultry 2
Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, ferrets or mice 2

You are not permitted to keep farm animals, chickens, roosters, pheasants, peafowl or guinea fowl, turkeys, ducks and geese or poultry including those specified.

For more information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email

You can lodge an appeal against an animal fine that has been issued to you.