Keeping Poultry and Pigeons

The keeping of poultry and pigeons is permitted in the Town, however is subject to various restrictions and conditions.

The number of birds permitted to be kept varies depending on whether you are an "Affiliated Person" or not.  An "Affiliated Person" means a person who is a member of properly constituted Poultry or Pigeon Club.

If you're not an Affiliated Person you may keep a maximum combined total of six poultry and pigeons  If you're an Affiliated Person, you may keep a maximum total of 50 pigeons and 12 poultry, on any one lot of land.

Roosters, turkeys, geese, peacocks or peahens can't be kept in a residential area.


Conditions of keeping poultry

Poultry shall not:

  • be able to approach within 15 metres of a dwelling, public building or food premises;
  • be able to approach within 18 metres of a public place other than a right of way unless, in the case of land at the junction of two or more streets, Council has approved a lesser distance;
  • all poultry are kept in a properly constructed and securely fastened structure or enclosure; and
  • the structure or enclosure shall be in the yard having an otherwise unobstructed area of at least 30 square metres.


Conditions of keeping pigeons

A person who keeps pigeons or doves shall ensure that:

  • no pigeon is able to approach within 15 metres of a dwelling, public building, food premises or public place; and
  • except where registered homing pigeons are freed for exercise, the pigeons or doves are kept in a properly constructed structure or enclosure that:

(a) does not exceed two metres in height; and
(b) is in a yard having an otherwise unobstructed area of at least 30 square metres.

If a structure or enclosure is used for keeping poultry, pigeons or doves contrary to the provisions of the Animals Local Law, Council may give written notice to remove it.


Restrictions on pigeon nesting, perching or habitually feeding

Council may give written notice to an owner or occupier of land or a house in or on which pigeons are, or are in the habit of, nesting, perching or habitually feeding to take adequate steps to prevent them continuing to do so.


Restrictions of feeding of birds

A person shall not feed a pigeon or other bird (this includes swans and native birds on reserves):

1. so as to cause a nuisance; or
2. with a food or substance that isn't a natural food of a pigeon or other bird.

Last Updated: 07/10/2013