Cat Breeding Permits

​​​​Amendments to the Cat Management Act 2009​ are changing the rules for breeding cats in Tasmania. From 1 March 2022, anyone wishing to breed a cat must be a registered breeder or hold a Cat Breeding Permit.

When is a Cat Breeding Permit required?

If you are breeding, or intending to breed a cat in Tasmania, and you are not a registered breeder, you will need to lodge an Application for a Cat Breeding Permit.

What is the difference between a person who is a registered cat breeder and a person holding a Cat Breeding Permit?

A registered cat breeder is permitted to breed one or more cats on an ongoing basis. The holder of a Cat Breeding Permit has been granted conditional permission to breed an individual cat identified on the permit within a defined time period.

How many cats can be on a Cat Breeding Permit?

A Cat Breeding Permit is issued for a single cat only. A person wishing to breed more than one cat, who is not a registered breeder, will need to apply for a Cat Breeding Permit for each cat they wish to breed.

How long is a Cat Breeding Permit valid for?

A Cat Breeding Permit may be valid for between six months and two years. Each application will be assessed and a validation period determined.

How to apply for a Cat Breeding Permit

The Cat Management Act 2009​ allows for a person to apply to the NRE Tas ​Secretary or to their municipal coun​​cil General Manager for a Cat Breeding Permit. Applications can be submitted by completing the online ​form Application for a Cat B​reeding Permit.​​

Conditions of a Cat Breeding Permit

The issuing of a Cat Breeding Permit will be subject to the following general conditions. All general conditions must be met. Failure to meet any one condition may result in the Cat Breeding Permit being revoked:
  • Permit holders must ensure compliance with the requirements of the Cat Management Act 2009, the Animal Welfare Act 1993, relevant subordinate legislation, and relevant municipal council by-laws or requirements in relation to the keeping, breeding or sale of animals.

  • The permit holder must advise NRE Tas of any changes to their contact details and/or changes to the location where the cat resides, within seven days of that change.

  • The permit holder must maintain records in relation to the cat identified on the permit, including:
    ​- name and microchip identification number,
    - sex of the cat,
    - date of birth,
    - colour and breed,
    - vaccination date/s and copies of vaccination certificates.

  • Details of the litter bred including:
    - date of birth,
    - details of both parents (if known),
    - vaccination dates and copies of vaccination records,
    - microchip number and registry,
    - date of desexing and microchipping,
    - name and address of purchaser or owner of kittens, and date of transfer of ownership (sale).

  • Records must be retained for a period of two years and made available on request to an Authorised Person appointed under the Cat Management Act 2009.

  • ​Kittens that are bred, and the adult cat identified on this permit, must not be permitted ​to enter or remain in any other property or premises without permission from the owner or occupier of the other property or premises.

  • At the expiry date of the permit, the cat identified on the permit must be desexed by a veterinary surgeon and a copy of the desexing certificate provided to NRE Tas by emailing to

  • Following breeding (male cats) / birthing (female cats), the cat identified on the permit is to remain separated from other entire (undesexed) cats of the opposite sex, until such time as it is desexed (this condition is subject to the requirement for desexing above).

How much does a Cat Breeding Permit cost?

No payment will be required for a Cat Breeding Permit in 2022. This may be subject to change.

For further i​nformation:


Invasive Species Branch
Phone: 03 6165 3777