Chickens, pigs and other farm animals

There are legal standards and obligations to ensure that if you have chickens, pigs or other animals you must keep them in the best possible conditions for their well-being and your neighbours' comfort.

Your responsibilities

You need to make sure that your animals don't create a nuisance (noise, smell or unhealthy conditions causing pest and vermin issues) or a health risk to the surrounding community.

You can avoid these issues by considering the types and numbers of animals that are suitable for your neighbourhood.  For guidance, refer to the Exempt and Complying Development Codes or contact us by email or by phone on 02 6023 8111 and make a time to speak to a Town Planner.

Chickens and other poultry

The NSW Exempt and Complying Development Codes restrict how many (if any) chickens and other poultry you can keep in particular land zones.  See the Electronic Housing Code website to check whether you need to obtain approval.

If you keep poultry on your property, you need to:

  • Make sure your poultry shed won't cause a nuisance to your neighbours;
  • Keep the shed clean to prevent odour and fly breeding;
  • Store bulk food in pest-proof containers;
  • Don't encourage rats or mice by putting out more food than is necessary;
  • Collect all manure at least once a week and place it in weatherproof and fly-proof containers; and
  • Replace water daily.

Poultry sheds can't be constructed over an easement in our Local Government Area.

If you want to keep poultry, the best approach is to contact us by email or by phone on 02 6023 8111 and make a time to speak to a Town Planner.


If we get a complaint that is supported by evidence, we will follow up with the animal owner to get the issue resolved.

State Laws