You can keep up to five hens but no roosters on residential areas zoned R1, R2, R3, R4, and RU5.
Up to 10 chickens, including roosters, may be kept on residential areas zoned R5, and larger non-residential properties. There are NSW government regulations regarding the type of enclosure you can have on your property for housing poultry.
Keeping chickens in residential areas
You need to ensure your chickens:
- Are kept in your backyard.
- Have an adequately sized pen for the number of chickens you keep.
- Have their pen swept at least twice a week.
- Don’t roam outside the property in which they are kept.
Enclosure requirements for chickens
NSW Environment Planning laws set out the requirements for chicken pens or hen houses. Some of these requirements include:
- Pens must be in the backyard.
- Pens are to be positioned a minimum of 4.5 metres from any dwelling.
- Pens need to be located at least 3 metres from the property boundary.
- Pens should include a solid floor under the roosts or perches.
- Pens should be enclosed to prevent animals escaping.
- Roof water should be disposed of without causing nuisance to adjoining neighbours.
Requirements can vary depending on the residential zone or bushfire rating of the property, so be sure to refer to the legislation.