Keeping ducks or chickens on residential land

Our Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014 regulations apply to the keeping of Poultry (fowl, bantam or duck) on various sizes of land.

A permit is not required for up to

  • 12 hens (excluding roosters) on land less than 0.4 hectares (4,000 square metres) in a built up area.

  • 24 hens (excluding roosters) on land between 0.4 hectares (4,000 square metres) and 2 hectares.

If you decide to keep chickens, you must ensure that they are kept in a secure manner to prevent them getting out (or other animals getting in).

You must also provide them with adequate shelter, food and water at all times and ensure the birds do not produce noise or smells that cause any discomfort or inconvenience for your neighbours.

If your hen hatches chicks and you exceed the permitted number on your property, you may keep the chicks until they are 12 weeks old.

An owner or occupier of land in flats, units or townhouses needs a multiple animal permit to keep poultry.

Important: Roosters, geese or turkeys are not permitted on residential land less than 0.4 hectares (4,000 square metres) without a permit.

For more detailed information on regulations surrounding poultry and other animals, refer to 'Keeping Animals' in Councils Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014 (See part 2, clause 23 - 'Keeping Animals').

Page last updated: Friday, 5 June 2020