Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation

​A Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation is required by any person who keeps more than four (4) cats over the age of four (4) months where: 

  • the person may have cat/s that permanently live at the property (owned or cared for by the person); and 
  • the person also keeps (or may keep) cats temporarily; and 
  • the person rehomes cats; and 
  • none of the exceptions under the Cat Management Act 2009​  apply.

​H​ow to apply for a multiple cat permit

Complete the online Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation application form and hit submit.

When completing the application form: 
  • All mandatory fields must be completed.
  • Provide the name of the shelter/rescue who you are representing. 
  • Identify the number of cats that permanently live at the property to be listed on the permit. 
  • Provide evidence of desexing and microchipping for all cats that permanently live at the property, by attaching document evidence to the application when submitted or supply by emailing to catmanagement@nre.tas.gov.au within 30 days of submitting the application.
  • Identify the maximum number of cats that will be kept temporarily on the property to which the permit relates.
  • Declarations must be made honestly.
It is important that the applicant understands all the conditions of the Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation. 

If a person needing to hold a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation is unable to meet all the conditions of the permit, an application can still be submitted. In the ‘additional information’ section on the application form, identify which condition/s cannot currently be met and what actions are being taken to be able to meet all the conditions. Once the application is received, Biosecurity Tasmania will contact the applicant to discuss the circumstances. 

​Conditions of a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation

The issuing of the Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation is subject to the conditions as detailed below. All conditions must be met. Failing to meet any one condition may result in the multiple cat permit being cancelled.

  • Desexing of cats: All cats must be desexed as soon as practicable after coming into the care of the permit holder. Exceptions to this condition are in accordance with section 14(2) of the Cat Management Act 2009.
  • Separation of cats over the age of four (4) months not desexed: Cats over the age of four (4) months that have yet to be desexed are to be kept separate from entire cats of the opposite sex until such as time as the cat has been desexed.
  • Microchipping of Cats: All cats must be microchipped as soon as practicable after coming into the care of the permit holder. Exceptions to this condition are in accordance with section 12(2) of the Cat Management Act 2009.
  • Guidelines for shelter/rescue groups: The permit holder must ensure they are working within the Multiple Cat Permit (Organisation) Guidelines for Shelter and Rescue Groups.
  • Capacity to care: The permit holder must ensure that they have the capacity to care for the number of cats in their care, including those in foster care, by ensuring they can provide adequate treatment, housing, and space, as well as adequate staffing/volunteer levels.
  • Re-homing of cats: All cats that are re-homed must be desexed (unless in accordance with Section 14(2) of the Act), microchipped (unless in accordance with section 12(2) of the Cat Management Act 2009​), over 8 weeks of age, vaccinated, free from external parasite and treated for internal worms. 
  • Records: All records relating to the re-homing and cats in the care (regardless of duration) are to be kept for no less than five (5) years and must be made available at the request of an authorised person under the Cat Management Act 2009
  • Foster care records: Up to date records must be kept for all foster carers fostering cats for the person identified on the permit. The records are to include cats in the care of the foster carer and records provided to an authorised person under the Cat Management Act 2009 on request.
  • Cats to be contained on the individual property: All cats kept under the multiple cat permit must not be permitted to enter or remain in any other property or premises without permission from the owner or occupier of the property.
  • Exceeding permitted number of cats: The number of cats kept on the property must not exceed the number for which the multiple cat permit is granted. Exceptions to this condition are in accordance with section 16A(3)(b) – (f) of the Cat Management Act 2009.
  • Compliance with legislation and by-laws: All cats kept under the multiple cat permit must be kept in accordance with the requirements of the Cat Management Act 2009​, the Animal Welfare Act 1993​, relevant subordinate legislation, and relevant municipal council by-laws in relation to the keeping of animals.
  • Permission for inspection: The permit holder must make the premises (including residential buildings) available for inspection by an authorised person at any reasonable time deemed necessary by a person authorised under the Cat Management Act 2009.
  • Production of multiple cat permit: A valid multiple cat permit must be retained and produced for inspection by arrangement at the request of a person authorised under the Cat Management Act 2009.
  • Health conditions: Living conditions at the identified property must not cause, or be likely to cause, danger or harm to the health and safety or welfare of any cat or person residing at the identified property.
  • Update Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania: The permit holder must advise NRE Tas of any changes to their contact details (including phone number, email and postal address), the address the cats are being kept, and any changes to the cats listed on the permit within 14 days by emailing catmanagement@nre.tas.gov.au​ or phoning 1300 368 550.
The Secretary, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, may vary or cancel a multiple cat permit, as per Section 16C and 16D of the Cat Management Act 2009​.

Guidelines for shelter and rescue groups

Multiple Cat Permit (Organisation) Guidelines for Shelters and Rescue Groups’ (the Guidelines) have been developed to outline the minimum requirements for keeping cats under a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation. 
The Guidelines identify:
  • Records required to be kept, to ensure traceability of cats;
  • The need for foster carers, volunteers, and staff to have the basic skills to undertake actions to care for cats;
  • Baseline requirements for the provision of housing, husbandry, vet care and enrichment of cats being kept under the permit.
One of the conditions of a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation is that the permit holder must ensure that they, or any person undertaking duties in relation to cats kept under the permit, are working within these Guidelines.

Failing to meet any of the conditions may result in a fine being issued and/or the multiple cat permit being cancelled.

The Guidelines are general in nature, and permit holders should develop operational processes and keep documents tailored to their individual circumstances.

The Guidelines have been developed with the health and welfare of the cats being the priority and using the Five Freedoms and Animal Welfare Act 1993​ as the basis for ensuring their welfare.

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Types of evidence that can be provided as proof of desexing and microchipping

​Evidence of desexing may include:

  • ​​​​Sterilisation certificate issued and/or signed by a registered veterinarian.
  • Certificate of desexing issued and/or signed by a registered veterinarian.
  • Invoice identifying the cat by name and/or microchip number where one of the items on the invoice is spaying or desexing.
  • Microchip registration certificate (or document) that identifies the cat as being as being desexed/neutered/spayed. (can be obtained through the microchip registration database the cat’s microchip is registered to).
  • Letter from a registered veterinarian stating that they have observed the desexing tattoo in the left ear of the cat identified by name and microchip number or they are able to determine (in any other way they are comfortable with) that the cat is desexed.
  • Pet passport for the cat which identifies the cat is desexed (name and/or microchip number of the cat must be shown on the same page).

Evidence of microchipping may include:

  • Sterilisation certificate or desexing certificate issued or signed by a registered veterinarian which includes the microchip number as well as the name of the cat.
  • Invoice from a veterinary surgeon for the cat that identifies the microchip number as well as the name of the cat.
  • Vaccination documentation for the cat that identifies the microchip number, as well as the name of the cat.
  • Microchip registration certificate (or document) from the microchip registration database the cat’s microchip is registered to.
  • Letter from a registered veterinarian or document on veterinarian letterhead with the microchip number against the cat’s name.

Important information:

If a cat’s name has changed from the name on any of the pieces of evidence, please ensure this is communicated on the application form.


How long will it take for my application to be assessed?

The initial assessment of a multiple cat permit will occur within approximately two (2) weeks of an application being submitted. There may be times that this timeframe is extended due to resourcing limitations.

Once the initial assessment has been conducted, the following steps will be taken:
  • The applicant will be contacted by email or phone to arrange for a public notice to be published/displayed to inform their intention to hold a multiple cat permit. See information on the multiple cat permit page​ for further information on the public notice, how it is to be displayed and who will provide the notice. The duration of the notice display, and objection period is no less than 14 days.
  • The Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) will contact the general manager of the relevant local government for which the application is located to consult on the application. The issuing of a multiple cat permit cannot result in a breach of a by-law enforced by the municipal local government. Local governments are given 30 days to respond to the consultation.
  • NRE Tas may need to contact other stakeholders to consult on the granting of a multiple cat permit.
  • Biosecurity Tasmania will be in touch to arrange a site visit during the assessment phase. As required, additional inspection will be arranged at the discretion of Biosecurity Tasmania.
  • NRE Tas during the assessment phase may require further information to assess an application.
Once an application has been assessed, the applicant will be notified of the outcome in writing.

​Cancelling or updating the details of a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation

It is a condition of the multiple cat permit (see below) that the permit holder must advise NRE Tas of any changes to their contact details (including phone number, email and postal address), the address the cats are being kept, and any changes to the cats and/or number of cats listed on this permit within 14 days by emailing catmanagement@nre.tas.gov.au​ or phoning 1300 368 550.

If the holder of a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation is no longer keeping more than four (4) cats, an email can be sent to catmanagement@nre.tas.gov.au with the multiple cat permit number in the subject line. The email should provide the following details:
  • An update/overview to what has changed since the multiple cat permit was granted
  • Identify the number of cats (if any) that are still in the applicant’s care (permanently or temporarily). 
  • List the names of any cats identified on the permit as permanently living on the property that have passed away or been rehomed and the names of the cats that are still being kept. 
  • Confirm any changes to the maximum number of cats temporarily being kept on the property. 
Once NRE Tas has confirmed that a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation is not required, the multiple cat permit will be cancelled.

If the holder of a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation is keeping cats more than the number of cats permitted under their permit (due to keeping extra owned cats and/or cats being kept temporarily), a new Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation application​ needs to be completed. Include your existing permit number in the ‘additional information’ section of the application form. To determine which multiple cat permit application form needs to be completed refer to the multiple cat permit page. 

If the holder of a Multiple Cat Permit - Organisation has moved or is moving to a new address and are keeping more than four (4) cats over the age of four (4) months at the new address, they will need to submit a new multiple cat permit application. To determine which multiple cat permit application form needs to be completed refer to the multiple cat permit​ page. Send an email to catmanagement@nre.tas.gov.au​ advising of this change. NRE Tas will arrange for the existing permit to be cancelled.

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​​​Want an update on your multiple cat permit application?

If you would like an update on the status of your multiple cat permit email catmanagement@nre.tas.gov.au.


Further information

​​Please refer to our webpage multiple cat permits​.​



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