Young girl holding an hen

The requirements for keeping poultry in urban areas are quite strict, and Council may serve notices and orders on any owner who fails to comply with relevant requirements.

Poultry must not be kept in a manner that creates a nuisance or is dangerous or injurious to health. In addition, poultry yards must at all times be kept clean and free from offensive odours.

Fowls (that is, birds of the species Gallus gallus) or guinea fowls must not be kept within 4.5 metres of a dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.

Poultry (other than fowls referred to above and including ducks, geese, turkeys and any other pheasants) must not be kept within 30 metres of any dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.

Poultry yards must be so enclosed as to prevent the escape of poultry.

The floors of poultry houses must be paved with concrete or mineral asphalt underneath the roosts or perches. However, this subclause does not apply to poultry houses:
(a) that are not within 15.2 metres of a dwelling, public hall or school, or
(b) that are situated on clean sand.

As per Council’s Local Orders Policy

The total number of poultry (excluding pigeons) kept on premises in an urban area must not exceed the maximum amount specified below

Peacocks and peahens  NIL
Roosters  NIL
Ducks   NIL
Geese  NIL
Swans  NIL
Turkeys   NIL
Fowls (chickens)  10
Pheasants  10
Quails 10

 

For further regulations on the keeping of poultry, please see Local Orders Policy Order 18 (13) – The Keeping of PoultryLocal Orders Policy Order 18 (13) – The Keeping of Poultry

For further regulations on the keeping of pigeons, please see Local Order Policy Order 18 (14) – The Keeping of Pigeons

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