Many people enjoy the benefits of being able to produce their own fresh eggs. As with other pets, you have a right to own and keep poultry such as chickens and ducks, providing you ensure they are cared for and do not cause a nuisance to others.

You may keep poultry in urban and rural residential areas if:

  • they do not become a nuisance by crowing, causing noise or roaming
  • they do not cause injury or health issues
  • the number of poultry does not exceed the maximum limit outlined in the Local Laws
  • sheds, houses, pens, runs and yards are:
    • more than 2m from dwellings, where food is kept and boundaries
    • constructed to our satisfaction
    • cleaned at least weekly and effectively treated with an insecticide at least twice yearly or when we require
  • food is stored in a rodent-proof container.

Find out more from Poultry Australia’s Keeping Chickens Guide.