Pets Policy

This section gives useful information and advice on pets.

Can I keep pets?

Secure, flexible (fixed term) and introductory tenants can keep pets. You don’t need to ask our permission to keep small domestic animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, fish or cage birds.

You must not keep an animal in sheltered housing or in a property with a shared entrance unless it’s a registered guide dog for the blind or a registered assistance dog for the deaf and you have our permission to keep it.

If you have any pets, you must keep them under control. Do not allow them to:

  • make a lot of noise;
  • roam on the estate or in other gardens; or
  • foul on the estate, in shared areas or on footpaths.

You must clean up after your pet every day. This includes if it fouls in your own garden, another garden or any public place.

You can’t breed animals in your home or garden.

You must make sure that your pet does not cause any nuisance or damage. If you do not keep your pet under control we can take action against you for breach of your tenancy conditions.

If we believe that you are neglecting the welfare of any animal kept at your home, we will report the matter to the appropriate authorities where you could be liable for prosecution under the terms of the law.

Can I keep non domestic animals?

All tenants need our permission to keep any other non-domestic animal. We can refuse permission for any of the following reasons:

  • The animal is dangerous.
  • The animal is a risk to others or to public health.
  • It is cruel or unreasonable to keep the animal in your home or garden.
  • The animal is likely to cause nuisance.

Keeping of a specific type of animal is illegal or is against / does not meet certain legal requirements.

What should I do if I am suffering nuisance from a neighbour’s animals?

The easiest way to sort out a problem with a neighbour is usually for you to resolve it yourself in a friendly manner. You should try discussing the problem with the person whose animal is causing the nuisance. If this doesn’t work or if you feel that this will put you at risk, get advice from your Housing Management Officer using the Your area section of our website.

Stray, lost, aggressive and nuisance dogs

It is an offence to allow a dog in your care to behave in an aggressive manner. A dog does not have to bite someone to be deemed dangerous. You are now, under law, liable for your pet in all circumstances at all times.

For further information on Dangerous Dogs enforcement or if you wish to report a stray, lost, aggressive or nuisance dog use the Dangerous dog section on Barnsley Council’s website.