Keeping Poultry & Pigeons

Keeping chickens in your backyard can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. Chickens help by eating vegetable scraps and in return provide eggs and chicken manure. When keeping poultry or pigeons, comes responsibility to maintain their health, keep the environment clean and ensure they don’t become a nuisance to neighbours.

The City of Canning Animals, Nuisance and Environment Local Law 2021 has relaxed the requirements for keeping poultry.

In a residential zone an owner or occupier must not keep or permit to be kept on the premises more than 6 poultry; and subject to a number of setback requirements.

In a residential zone an owner or occupier must not keep or permit to be kept on the premises more than 20 pigeons and subject to a number of setback requirements.

Read our Information sheet: Keeping Poultry, Pigeons and Other Birds

Exemption Application Process
In certain circumstances, the general restrictions imposed by the Local Laws relating to the keeping of Pigeons and Poultry can be varied to the benefit of responsible owner without causing a nuisance to neighbours or creating a risk to health. To apply for an exemption, complete the Application form.

For further information, please contact the City’s Public Health and Amenity team on 1300 422 664.

Information on keeping chickens safely in your backyard is available on the Healthy WA website.
 

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