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Poultry in residential areas

Development standards and healthy environments for keeping poultry on private property.  

Keeping a clean and healthy environment for your poultry requires:

  • an adequately sized pen for the number of hens
  • dry cleaning (pen sweeping) at least 2 times a week.

A snapshot of some of the development standards for poultry and fowl houses:

  • no more than 5 hens can be kept in most residential property zones
  • on land in zone R5 - large lot residential, no more than 10 fowl or poultry
  • roosters are not allowed (except if your land is within zone R5 - large lot residential)
  • pens must be located in the backyard
  • pens are to be positioned a minimum of 4.5m from any dwelling (including the owners)
  • pens need to be located at least 3m from the property boundary
  • pens should include a solid floor under the roosts or perches
  • pens should be enclosed to prevent animals escaping and hens must not roam outside the property in which they are kept
  • pens should have roof water disposed of without causing nuisance to adjoining neighbours.

The standards listed above are just a snapshot of the requirements. For a full list of conditions which vary depending on the residential zone or bushfire rating of the property refer to the legislation via the link above under Related Information.

This page was last updated on: 15 October 2018