Council receives a number of complaints each year in relation to birds being kept by neighbours. To try and minimse the nuisance effects from birds Council has introduced minimum standards for keeping all animals as well as some extra requirements for various types of birds.  Certain birds are not allowed to be kept or can only be kept with the approval of Council.

Nuisance aspects for birds including poultry
Council receives a number of complaints each year in relation to:
– Smelly chicken coops; and
– Noisy cockatoos or roosters

To try and minimise this residents are not allowed to have noisy birds on properties under a certain size and there are minimum standards for keeping the birds.

If you are experiencing problems with noise or how a neighbour is keeping their birds please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on telephone 4783 9800 to lodge a request.  Council’s Compliance Officers will then follow-up with the owner of the bird/s.

Please note that animal noise complaints may require further assistance from you such as the completion of a diary to log when the noise occurs.

Approval to keep certain birds including poultry

An approval from Council is required to keep certain birds on some properties.  The requirements are specified in Schedules 1 and 2 of Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 can help you answer this question. Details are also available on our webpage Approval to keep Animals.

Please note that you will need to know the size of the allotment where the bird/s are to be kept.

Minimum requirements for keeping birds

Minimum standards have been set for keeping all animals.  Specific requirements have also been provided for certain animals including birds. For more information please refer to fact sheets or Schedules 4 and 5 of Subordinate Local Law 2 (Animal Management) 2012.

Click here to access the Local Laws.


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