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Keeping Poultry

Information on keeping chickens and other poultry in residential areas.

The keeping of poultry in residential areas is permitted provided you comply with the following requirements:

  • No commercial poultry operation is to be undertaken, unless it is permissible within the land use zone of your premises or prior development consent has been obtained. If you would like to make a complaint regarding a commercial premises, please contact us on 4645 4000.
  • Poultry is to be kept in a way that isn't a nuisance or dangerous to health. Poultry yards are to be kept clean and free from offensive odours.
  • Fowls (that is, birds of the species Gallus Gallus –e.g. Chickens) or guinea fowls must not be kept within 4.5 metres (or such greater distance as Council may determine in a particular case) of a dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.
  • Poultry (other than fowls e.g ducks, geese, turkeys) must not be kept within 30 metres (or such greater distance as Council may determine in a particular case) of a dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.
  • Roosters are not permitted to be kept.
  • Rodents and other pest species are to be controlled.
  • Feed should be kept in vermin proof containers until it is used for consumption.
  • Feed, when given to an animal, shall be placed in containers, dishes or other means that can be taken away and cleaned at the end of the day.
  • The maximum number of poultry or fowl that can be kept on a residential premises is five. The maximum number of poultry that can be kept on a large lot on rural residential premises is ten, in accordance with development standards: s.2.42 State Environment Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
  • Poultry must be housed in a purpose built structure. Development consent may be required for the structure. Please refer to the State Environment Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

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 poultry to control the number of animals or manner in which they are kept.

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

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