Proposed Cat Confinement Order

On display until 27 September 2023, 05:00 PM

Proposed: Cat Confinement Order No.1 of Colac Otway Shire Council

Domestic Animals Act 1994

Section 26(2)

At its Council Meeting held on 23 August 2023, Colac Otway Shire Council resolved to make the following order under Section 25 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (“the Act”).

1.            Purpose

The purpose of this Order is to keep cats confined between the hours of sunset and sunrise.

2.            Owner’s Obligations

The owner of any cat kept in the municipal district must confine the cat to the boundaries of the owner’s property between the hours of sunset and sunrise, by either confining the cat to:

2.1          the owner’s dwelling or another building on the property; or

2.2          an escape-proof structure located outside any dwelling or other building on the property.

3.            Meaning of Terms Used

In this Order: 

“hours of sunset and sunrise” means from 6pm to 6am; 

“municipal district” means the municipal district of Colac Otway Shire Council;

and “owner” has the same meaning as in the Domestic Animals Act 1994.


Email: Submissions may also be submitted by email to with the subject line Cat Confinement Order.

Post: Written submissions should be addressed to Colac Otway Shire Council, PO Box 283, Colac VIC 3250.

Please state in your written submission if you wish to be heard at an upcoming Submissions Committee meeting.

Submitters should note that unless a submitter requests to the contrary, copies of submissions (including the submitter’s name) may also be included in the Council meeting agenda, which are a permanent public record, and published on Council’s website for an indefinite period.

Submissions close at 5pm Wednesday 27 September 2023

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