Chickens and poultry

""Brisbane City Council has regulations in place to ensure your birds are kept in the best possible conditions for their comfort and that of your neighbours.

Number of birds

Household premises with a total area of more than 800 square metres can keep up to 20 poultry. 

If your residential premises has a total area less than 800 square metres you can keep up to six poultry. 

Poultry sheds must be set back at least one metre from a dividing fence.

Conditions for keeping poultry

If you are keeping poultry on your property you need to:

  • make sure your poultry shed will not cause a nuisance to your neighbours 
  • keep conditions clean to prevent odour and fly breeding 
  • ensure animals and animal waste is kept or disposed of in a manner that prevents a breeding place for pests
  • consider the risk to the health or safety of surrounding persons and animals
  • where poultry is kept in a residential area, other than a rural or rural residential area, a livestock permit is required.


There are many popular breeds of chickens you can consider for backyard pets including:

  • Lowman Brown
  • Isabrown
  • Black Australorp
  • White Leghorn
  • Rhode Island Red.

Crossbreeds are also good for laying eggs. You could consider a fluffy bantam for a smaller variety of chicken.


Roosters are not allowed on any premises in a residential area. They are permitted in rural areas provided they don't create a noise nuisance. When buying chickens, it may be best to purchase from a reliable supplier to ensure they are hens.

How to apply

To apply for a self-assessable livestock permit, complete the online application form

Applications for full assessment can be completed through the animal permit application (PDF - 65kb) form and you can lodge your application by:

  • visiting Council
  • mailing the form and cheque to:
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.

You will be contacted within 20 working days to arrange an inspection.


 From 1 July 2018, the keeping of livestock in a residential area requires a permit. You may be eligible for a self-assessment permit if you are able to meet the requirements in the application form.

Fee type Fee
Self-assessable permit fee
Application fee for full-assessment (includes first years permit fee)
Annual permit fee (full-assessment applications only)
Application to amend conditions of permit by the permit holder


12 July 2018