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Keeping Poultry on Your Property

Roosters, geese, peacocks and turkeys are not encouraged in residential areas and may only be kept on your property with written approval from the City of Melville.

Poultry/chickens are to be kept according to the criteria below:

  • No more than 12 poultry can be kept on your property at one time
  • Poultry must be kept in a properly constructed enclosure
  • Enclosures must be at least 1.2 metres from the property boundary and 9 metres from any place of human habitation
  • Enclosures must be maintained and cleaned reguarly so it doesn't create offensive odours, or encourage the breeding of flies.

You do not need to get permission from your neighbour to keep poultry however we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with them if you plan on keeping poultry on your property.

If an Environmental Health Officer deems a nuisance exists, they may instruct that the number of poultry you own be reduced, or for all poultry to be removed.

If you have any queries regarding poultry, or wish to report a nuisance, please contact customer service on 9364 0666 or lodge an online request 

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