Keeping Chickens

Council Chook Keeping Workshops

Council runs chook keeping courses throughout the year.

Upcoming Chook Keeping Workshops

There are no events scheduled


The keeping of a small number of chickens on private residential property is allowed.

While there are no specific restrictions on the number of chickens allowed, you need to be aware of the following:

The chickens must not be a nuisance to neighbours. Please consider the effects on your neighbours in regards to noise, hygiene and roaming.

Roosters are likely to cause a noise problem for your neighbours. Council will direct them to be removed if this occurs.

Like any structure, chicken coops are subject to development controls and may require development approval. The SEPP specifies the requirements for building a coop without approval, that is:

  • Constructed or installed on land in a residential or rural zone.
  • Not constructed or installed on or in a heritage item or a draft heritage item.
  • Not constructed or installed on land in a foreshore area.
If the development is constructed or installed on land in Zone R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 or RU5:
  • Be not higher than 3 metres above ground level (existing).
  • Not have a floor area of more than 15 square metres. 
  • Be located in the rear yard.

If the development is constructed or installed on land in Zone RU1, RU2, RU3, RU4 or RU6: 

  • Be not higher than 7 metres above ground level (existing).
  • Not have a floor area of more than 50 square metres.

Other requirements:

  • If the development is constructed or installed on land (other than land within Zone R5) then not house more than 5 fowl or poultry and not house any roosters. 
  • If the development is constructed or installed on land within Zone R5 then not house more than 10 fowl or poultry.
  • Be located at least 3 metres from each lot boundary.
  • If it houses fowls (including guinea fowls) only—be located at least 4.5 metres from any dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.
  • If it houses other types of poultry—be located at least 30 metres from any dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.
  • Be enclosed to prevent the escape of poultry.
  • Be constructed or installed so that roofwater is disposed of without causing a nuisance to adjoining owners.
  • To the extent it is comprised of metal components—be constructed of low reflective, factory pre-coloured materials if it is located on land in a residential zone.
  • If it is located on bush fire prone land and is less than 5 metres from a dwelling then be constructed of non-combustible material.
  • If it is constructed or installed in a heritage conservation area or a draft heritage conservation area then be located in the rear yard.
  • There must not be more than 1 development per lot. 

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