Pet Policy

This policy applies to everyone who is currently housed or eligible to be housed by Selby District Council. It does not apply to leaseholders, whose lease terms will determine the matter of pet ownership. This policy aligns with Selby District Council’s Tenancy Agreement for Introductory, Secure and Flexible tenants and provides further details about keeping pets in Council homes for new and existing tenants.

a copy of the full pet policy can be found by clicking here

Responsible Pet Owner Agreement Form 


  1. To provide a fair, balanced and sensitive framework for tenants on keeping pets in their home. We understand that pets play an important role in the wellbeing of our tenants in regards to both emotional and physical health. Generally, the Council will allow its tenants to keep pets where the property type is suitable, the Tenancy Agreement is complied with and the animal’s welfare is assured.
  2. To create operational procedures that deliver consistent practice and decision making, allowing for a degree of flexibility when considering individual requests to keep pets that fall outside of this policy statement.
  3. To acknowledge the disruption that uncontrolled and irresponsible pet ownership can have on animal welfare and on local communities. This policy therefore states what action the Council will take against tenants who do not have written permission to keep a pet, or where there is a breach to the policy. This includes causing injury to others, noise nuisance or smells, fouling, or pets damaging property.

What pets can I keep?

We take a positive view about residents keeping many different animals as pets. Examples of the type of pets we consider suitable include:

  • Domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents (such as rats, mice, gerbils and hamsters),
  • Budgerigars and other similar caged birds,
  • Fish suitable to be kept in domestic aquariums, 
  • Fish in garden ponds,
  • Non-poisonous insects, spiders, snakes and reptiles under two feet in length fully grown,
  • Chickens but not cockerels.

Permission for a pet

If you wish to keep a pet, you will need to complete The Responsible Pet Owner Agreement, which can be found below or you can contact us for a copy to be sent out. 

Responsible Pet Owner Agreement

Once, we have received it we will review it and provide you with the permission or explain why we have refused the permission.