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Keeping livestock

Residential premises

The keeping of horses and cattle (e.g. cows, goats and sheep) is not permitted in residential areas unless prior approval is obtained.

Rural premises

Horses and cattle being kept on rural premises must comply with the following requirements:

  • No commercial operation is to be undertaken, unless it is permissible within the land use zone of your premises or prior development consent has been obtained.
  • Horses and cattle must not be kept within 9 metres (or such greater distance as the council may determine in a particular case) of a dwelling, school shop, office, factory, workshop, church or other place of public worship, public hall or premises used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food.
  • They must be kept under such conditions as not to create a nuisance or to be dangerous or injurious to health.
  • The floors of stables must be paved with concrete or mineral asphalt or other equally impervious material, and must be properly graded to drain. Building consent may be required for stables.
  • Horse yards and cattle yards must be so enclosed as to prevent the escape of horses and cattle.
  • Manure is to be collected and lawfully disposed of on a daily basis.

If a complaint is received by Council and it is determined that the above requirements are not being adhered to, an Order under the Local Government Act 1993 may be issued to the owner of the animal/s to control the number or manner in which they are kept.

For further information please contact our Environmental Health Officers on 4645 4000.

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