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Pets other than dogs and cats

Residents of the City of Bayswater are allowed to keep certain types of animals as pets, other than dogs and cats. A licence may be needed in order to keep some animals as pets.

Residents are not allowed to keep the following animals:

  • Livestock (sheep, goats, cows)
  • Horses
  • Alpacas
  • Camels
  • llamas
  • Native animals (unless otherwise authorised. Penalties of up to $500,000 apply for keeping native fauna without a licence).

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 protects the welfare of all animals.

Unlicenced Pets

Residents are permitted to own the following pets without a licence:

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Rats and mice (provided they are domestic breeds)
  • Birds*
  • Fish

Licenced Pets

If the correct aviculture or herpetofauna licence is held, the following pets are permitted within the City:

  • Reptiles*
  • Amphibians*
  • Exotic birds*

*Only certain species are allowed to be kept as pets. To find out which ones you can keep with a licence please view the Pet keeping species list.

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Rabbits,guinea pigs, Rats and mice

Small pets (such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice) should have:

  • Protection against heat and cold
  • An appropriate diet and fresh water
  • Protection from pain and suffering
  • Freedom of movement.

Enclosures (such as cages for mice and rats, hutches for rabbits or guinea pigs) should be:

  •  Well shaded
  • Safe and secure (which prevents them from escaping as well as protection from bad weather and predators)
  • Clean and ventilated, otherwise they may attract insects and produce odour.

Please note - rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice are sensitive to hot temperatures (above 30°C) and can easily suffer from heat stress. On hot Perth days it may be necessary to provide a frozen ice brick or drink bottle in the hutch or cage to keep your pets cool.

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Birds

Birds make fantastic pets and are a five to ten year commitment. They don't require a lot of space so they can be kept in small apartments or units.  Popular breeds of birds that don't need a licence are Budgerigars, Cockatiels, and Canaries.

Pet birds need:

  • Wide cages that provide enough movement for exercise
  • Companionship - birds are best kept in pairs or provide your bird with a mirror
  • Entertainment - birds are easily bored and require toys
  • A healthy diet of bird pellets and vegetables. Seeds should be kept for treats.

Please check with your local pet store or vet for more specific requirements.

A special licence is needed for residents to keep exotic birds. Only certain species of birds can be kept as pets.  To find out which ones you can keep with a licence, please view the Pet keeping species list.

Please view the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018 Fact sheet for Aviculture Herpetofauna to find out the new rules for keeping birds as pets. 

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Fish

Goldfish are one of the most common species kept as pets. Some goldfish breeds can grow up to 10 - 20cm. A pet fish is a long-term commitment as they can live up to 20 years and require regular maintenance to ensure they and their environment are healthy.

Indoor aquariums should:

  • Be away from direct sunlight (as this will increase the growth of algae)
  • Provide enough space for your fish to swim around freely
  • Be the correct temperature for your fish:
    •  Non-Tropical fish should be kept at room temperature between 20-25C
    • Tropical fish will require heated water depending on the species.

Please check with an aquarium store or your local vet for more specific requirements.

If you no longer want to keep your fish make sure you find an alternative home. Please do not release live goldfish into lakes or waterways as they can carry diseases that can affect our native species.

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Reptiles and Amphibians

A special licence is needed for residents to keep reptiles and amphibians. Only certain species of reptiles and amphibians can be kept as pets. To find out which ones you can keep with a licence, please view the Pet keeping species list.

Please view the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018 Fact sheet for Aviculture Herpetofauna to find out the new rules for keeping reptiles/amphibians as pets. To find out more information on keeping reptiles as pets please visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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