Information in relation to keeping the following birds is covered below:

  • Budgerigar, canary (including birds of similar size)
  • Racing pigeon
  • Cockatoo, galah (including birds of a similar size)
  • Peahen and peacock
  • Poultry (including roosters)
  • Duck, goose
  • Ostrich, emu

The size of the allotment will determine whether you can keep certain animals or not and whether you need an approval.

Please note that at all times animals are to be kept in accordance with the minimum standards detailed in Schedule 4 of Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 and any animal specific standards from Schedule 5.

The animal specific standards for these birds have been outlined on this page.

Budgerigar, canary, birds of a similar size, racing pigeons

You are required to have an approval to keep:

  • More than 20 of these birds on an allotment less than 4,000m2 in area

If you have a property larger than 4,000m2 there is no maximum number of these birds that you can keep, however all birds are to be kept in accordance with the general minimum standards and any animal specific standards.

Cockatoo, galah, birds of a similar size, peahen or peacock

You are required to have an approval to keep:

  • 1 of these birds on an allotment less than 4,000m2 in area

If you have a property larger than 4,000m2 there is no maximum number of these birds that you can keep, however all birds are to be kept in accordance with the general minimum standards and any animal specific standards.

Poultry (other than a rooster), including ducks and geese

You are not allowed to have:

  • More than 6 of these birds on an allotment less than 1,000m2 in area
  • More than 12 of these birds on an allotment between 1,000m2 and 4,000m2 in area

Please note that no approvals will be issued to keep more than the standard number of birds allowed above.

If you have a property larger than 4,000m2 there is no maximum number of these birds that you can keep, however all birds are to be kept in accordance with the general minimum standards and any animal specific standards.

Rooster

You are not allowed to have:

  • A rooster on an allotment less than 4,000m2 in area

This means that a rooster can be kept on an allotment greater than 4,000m2 in area.  However it is important to note that noise is the most common complaint Council receives in relation to roosters.   While you may be allowed to have a rooster, the minimum standards provide guidance on noise nuisances and if Council investigates and substantiates the complaint you may be required to remove the rooster.

Ostrich or emu

You are required to have an approval to keep:

  • More than 4 of these birds on an allotment between 2,001m2 and 4,000m2 in area
  • More than 4 of these birds on an allotment between 4,001m2 and 6,000m2 in area

You are not allowed to have:

  • Either of these birds on an allotment less than 2,000m2 in area

All birds are to be kept in accordance with the general minimum standards and any animal specific standards.

Specific standards for keeping budgerigars, canaries, cockatoos, galahs and the like

In addition to meeting the minimum standards for all animals the following additional requirements are in place for these birds.  The standards below can be found in Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012, Schedule 5.

Each owner or responsible person for these birds must ensure that:

  • The bird is kept without causing a nuisance;
  • The bird is contained within an enclosed cage or aviary;
  • The bird’s food is kept in a properly sealed, vermin-proof container;
  • The cage or aviary in which the bird is kept is cleaned thoroughly at least once a week;
  • The bird is kept in accordance with any code of practice relevant to the species that may have been adopted by Council. (Note: Currently no code of practice applies for these types of birds.)
  • The fence surrounding the property where the bird is kept does not form part of the cage or aviary in which the bird is kept; and
  • The enclosure in which the bird is kept is set back a minimum of 2m from each boundary of the premises.

Specific standards for keeping poultry, including roosters

In addition to meeting the minimum standards for all animals the following additional requirements are in place for these birds.  The standards below can be found in Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012, Schedule 5.

Each owner or responsible person for these birds must ensure that:

  • The bird is kept without causing a nuisance;
  • The bird is contained within an enclosure;
  • The bird’s food is kept in a properly sealed, vermin-proof container;
  • The enclosure in which the bird is kept is:

a)  cleaned thoroughly at least once a week; and

b)  located at the rear of, and behind any residence on the allotment;

  • The enclosure in which the bird is kept is to be located more than 10 metres from

a)  A residence on a neighbouring property; or

b)  A place used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food intended for human consumption  (excluding a residential kitchen on the property where the birds are kept); or

c)  A place used for the storage of food, other than that stored in hermetically sealed containers;

  • The enclosure in which the bird is kept is set back a minimum of 2m from each boundary of the premises;
  • A rooster does not cause a noise nuisance.

Further information

Should you require further information in relation to approvals for birds …

Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

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Ayr Qld 4807
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Ayr Qld 4807
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