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.
From 1 July 2018, the keeping of poultry in a residential area requires a livestock permit. There is no fee associated with the self-assessment process for keeping of poultry, including chickens, for domestic purposes in Brisbane.
Residents can apply by completing the Application for the Keeping of Livestock in a residential area online form.
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
- 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 form.