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Poultry and birds

Poultry and pigeons

Poultry includes chickens, fowls, bantams, ducks and other domestic fowls.

An owner or occupier of premises who is not an Affiliated Person* shall not keep a combined total of more than 12 poultry and pigeons, or who is an Affiliated Person, shall not keep a total of more than 50 pigeons and 12 poultry, on any one lot of land.

*Affiliated Person – means a person who is a member of a properly constituted poultry and pigeon Club.

Conditions for keeping poultry and pigeons

A person who keeps or permits poultry or pigeons to be kept must ensure:

  • that no poultry is able to approach, or pigeons kept within 6 metres of a dwelling house, public building, street or right-of-way or premises where people are employed or where food is stored, prepared, manufactured or sold
  • that all poultry and pigeons are kept within properly constructed and securely fastened structures, enclosures or cages
  • that all structures, enclosures or cages within which poultry or pigeons are kept are provided with concrete floors trowelled to a smooth finish and laid with a fall of 1 in 50 to the front, maintained at all times in a clean and sanitary condition.

An owner or occupier of premises shall not, without the written approval of the Council, keep or permit to be kept on those premises:

  • a rooster
  • a goose or gander
  • a turkey
  • a peacock or peahen.

Parrots

Parrots include parrots, cockatoos, galahs, corellas and the like.

A person who keeps, or permits to be kept parrots must ensure:

  • parrots are not permitted to approach within 6 metres of a dwelling house, public building or premises where people are employed or where food is stored, prepared, manufactured or sold
  • subject to clause (c), cages are to be located at least 6 metres from a dwelling house, public building or premises where people are employed or where food is stored, prepared, manufactured or sold 1.2metres from the boundary of adjoining properties
  • the approval of the Environmental Health Officer is to be obtained before a cage is kept closer than 6 metres. Council approval will be granted subject to conditions specific to the property in which the parrots are located and surrounding properties
  • all cages shall be kept in a clean condition to the satisfaction of the Principal Environmental Health Officer.

Nuisance caused by birds

An owner or occupier of land shall not keep any bird or birds which:

(a) are or create a nuisance
(b) emit an unreasonable noise.

The Environmental Health Officer may direct the owner or occupier to remove any bird or birds that are or create a nuisance and/or emits an unreasonable noise.