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If you’d like to keep a chook in your backyard or have the space for a horse, there are things you need to know to keep your animals healthy and your neighbours happy. 

Bees

Honey bees allow you to have your own source of honey on tap but for keeping such animals, there’s quite a bit of information to know. Find out more about beekeeping and compliance.

Chickens

There’s nothing better than eggs from your own chooks, however there is legislation around keeping chickens. Chickens need to be kept further than 4.5 metres from a house, public space or food preparation, storage or sale area. Make sure your chooks don’t create a nuisance or cause adverse health conditions.

Cows and Horses

You may be lucky enough to have space for cows and horses, however there are guidelines that you’ll need to observe. Animals must be kept further than 9 metres from a house, public space or food preparation, storage or sale area. Stable floors must be paved with waterproof material and yards enclosed.

More information for keeping animals safe during an emergency:

Prepare your horse for bushfire
Livestock safety in emergencies

Pigs

Pigs are not allowed in your average back yard, but they are intelligent animals and can make great pets. If you’re considering pigs, contact Council in the first instance.