Keeping a pet in your council home

You can keep one domestic pet without our permission as long as you do not live in a:

  • flat
  • sheltered housing property

If you live in one of these types of properties and you would like to keep a pet, you need to get our permission in writing.

More than one pet

If you wish to keep more than one pet in any type of house, you need to get our permission in writing.

Domestic pets

A domestic pet is a:

  • dog
  • cat
  • bird
  • fish
  • rodent
  • rabbit
  • small non-venomous reptile
  • non-venomous insect or amphibian

You cannot keep any other type of animal or fowl.

Your responsibilities

As the owner of the pet you are responsible for ensuring that certain conditions are met:

  • You are responsible for the behaviour of any pets owned by you or anyone living with you
  • You take all reasonable steps to supervise such pets under your control
  • You take all reasonable steps to prevent such pets causing nuisance, annoyance or danger to neighbours. This includes fouling, noise or smell from any pet
  • You take reasonable care to see that such pets do not foul or cause damage to the house, your neighbour's property, anything belonging to us, or anything we are responsible for, such as common areas
  • You make sure your pet is not banned by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, or any other law