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Keeping Animals at Home

Keeping animals in urban areas requires consideration by the owners of the impact of  animals, particularly noise and odour, on their neighbours.

The City Council will investigate complaints about noise, potential health issues, and other problems.

Animals must be kept in a manner which does not:Chicken

  • Create unclean or unhealthy conditions for people or the animals
  • Attract or provide a harbourage for vermin
  • Create offensive noise or odours
  • Cause a drainage or dust nuisance
  • Create waste disposal or pollution problems
  • Create an unreasonable annoyance to neighbouring residents
  • Cause nuisance due to proliferation of flies, lice, fleas or other pests and parasites
  • Cause neighbouring residents to fear for safety.

Building Regulations 

The size of buildings used to house chickens in a backyard is covered by State Government legislation.

There is a limit to the size of chicken coops which can be built without requiring a development consent from the City Council.

Essentially, a chicken coop up to 15 square metres and housing 10 fowls can be built without the consent of the City Council.  The fowl house also has to be at least 4.5 metres from a dwelling.

Animal numbers

State regulations contain limits on the numbers of some species (poultry) but in most cases there are no specific limits on number of animals which can be kept in an urban setting. However, the more animals are kept, the more likely its is that there will be a problem which create a complaint from a neighbour.

The City Council recommends that the number of animals kept at a suburban property be limited to the following:

  • 2 Dogs        
  • 2 Cats
  • 10 Poultry - includes chickens, ducks, geese etc. Roosters cannot be kept in residential backyards. The ban on roosters, contained in part of the State government's State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes)  2008 Part 2 Division 1 Subdivision 21 2.41 iv. and v. , is due to the very high likelihood of noise complaints.
  • 100 Pigeon - racing birds, 40 stock birds
  • 50 Small birds - includes budgies, canaries, quails finches
  • 2 Large birds - includes cockatoo and corella
  • 1 Pet rat
  • 10 Mice or guinea pigs
  • 1 Sheep or goat. Billy goats are not recommended.


Keeping of Restricted Dogs

The Companion Animals Act 1998 classifies certain breeds of dog as 'restricted dogs'. There are strict conditions under which you are permitted to own and keep a restricted dog with penalties of on-the-spot-fines of $1320.00 if you are found in breach of any of the conditions.

The breeds include: Pit bull terriers, Japanese tosas, Argentinian fighting dogs and Brazillian fighting dogs. Refer to the brochure for further information.


   Restricted Breeds Brochure (0.9MB)


There are many guidleines and rules in place when it comes to owning a pet, particularly a cat or a dog. The following brochures contain some information on how to care for your pet and ensure you, your neighbours and your pets can live together, safely. 
For helpful hints and advice when it comes to cat ownership please read the following. - Responsible cat ownership.  

For helpful information about looking after your dog please click the following - Responsible dog ownership