The information on this page covers the requirements for keeping a:

  • Horse (include race horse)
  • Mule, ass, donkey
  • Cow, bull
  • Buffalo, camel
  • Pig
  • Sheep, goat
  • Alpaca, llama

As stated on the main page 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 as 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 the animals listed above have been outlined on this page.

Horse, mule, donkey, cow, buffalo, camel and the like

You are required to have an approval to keep:

  • 1 of these animals on an allotment between  2,001m2 and 4,000m2 in area
  • More than 2 animals on an allotment between 4,001m2 and 10,000m2

You are not allowed to have:

  • 1 of these animals on an allotment less than 2,000m2 in area

Sheep, Goat, Alpaca, Llama

You are required to have an approval to keep:

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

You are not allowed to have:

  • 1 of these animals on an allotment less than 2,000m2 in area

Pig

You are not allowed to have:

  • A pig on an allotment less than 4,000m2 in area
  • More than 2 pigs on an allotment between 4,0001m2 and 10,000m2 in area

Specific standards for keeping all of the above animals, excluding pigs

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

Each owner or responsible person for these animals that are kept in a stable must ensure that:

  • The stable is 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 animals are kept); or

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

  • The stable is set back a minimum of 2m from each boundary of the premises;
  • The stable is located a minimum of 20m from any watercourse, well or bore;
  • The floor of the stable is covered with an absorbent soft floor material that is changed at least once every 6 weeks;
  • The stable and open yard is to be cleaned of manure and other matter daily;
  • The stable is constructed in accordance with any approval or code that applies;
  • The stable is maintained in good condition or repair.

Each owner or responsible person for these animals which are kept free range or in a paddock must ensure that:

  • The animal/s are provided with shelter which is clean, dry and shady; and
  • The space provided is in accordance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals as published by CSIRO. (There are a number of Codes of Practice including for pigs, cattle, poultry, buffalo and goats.)

Specific standards for keeping pigs

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

Each owner or responsible person for a pig must ensure that the enclosure they are kept in is:

  • More than 15m from a residence on an adjoining property;
  • More than 5m from a place used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food intended for human consumption  (excluding a residential kitchen on the property where the pigs are kept);
  • More than 5m from a place used for the storage of food, other than that stored in hermetically sealed containers.

Further information

Should you require further information in relation to approvals for these animals …

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

You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

Customer Service Centre

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Ayr Qld 4807
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Ayr Qld 4807
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