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 fowl, including ducks, geese and peacocks without a permit.

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

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 
  • store bulk food in pest-proof containers 
  • consider using lime to combat odour problems and reduce the soil pH 
  • avoid putting out excess amounts of food so you don’t encourage rats or mice 
  • gather up all manure and place it in weather-proof and fly-proof containers at least once every seven days 
  • replace water daily.


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 point of lay birds to ensure they are hens. 

20 June 2018