Keeping Poultry, Pigeons and Miscellaneous Birds

Under the City of Nedlands Health Local Laws 1997 certain restrictions apply to the keeping of birds within the City.

Poultry and enclosures
Poultry includes hens, ducks and other domestic fowl; up to 12 poultry and/or pigeons may be kept at a premises provided that they are kept within a suitable enclosure as defined below.

A person who keeps poultry or permits poultry to be kept on their premises must ensure that all poultry is kept in a properly constructed and securely fastened structure or enclosure with the following requirements:

  • Flooring is to be a concrete floor trowelled to a smooth finish and laid with a fall of 1 in 50 to the front.
  • The structure or enclosure is to be located in a yard having an area of at least 30m2.
  • Enclosures are to be maintained at all times in a clean condition and shall be disinfected periodically.
  • No poultry enclosure shall be nearer than 1 metre from any property boundary.
  • Birds are not to be able to approach within 10 metres of a dwelling house, public building or premises where people are employed or where food is stored, prepared, manufactured or sold; and
  • Birds are not to be able to approach within 18 metres of a street.

For information on backyard chicken keeping please refer to the Department of Agriculture information sheet Keeping chickens in the backyard.

Roosters, Geese, Turkeys and Peafowls
An occupier of premises shall not, without the written approval of the City’s Council, keep or permit to be kept on those premises any one or more of the following:

  • a rooster;
  • a goose or gander;
  • a turkey;
  • a peacock or peahen.

Pigeons and Doves
A person who keeps, or permits to be kept, pigeons or doves shall ensure that:

  • none is able to approach within 10 metres of a dwelling, public building or food premises; and
  • except where registered homing pigeons are freed for exercise, the pigeons or doves are kept in a properly constructed pigeon loft or dove cote that-
  • does not exceed 3.6 metres in height from the ground;
  • is in a yard having an otherwise unobstructed area of at least 30 square metres;
  • is provided with a concrete floor trowelled to a smooth finish and laid with a fall of 1 in 50 to the front; and
  • is not nearer than 1 metre from any boundary.

Other Birds
Include budgies, finches, etc. The City of Nedlands only permits a person to keep 20 of these types of birds on their premises.

Pet Shops and Vets
Some of these restrictions do not apply to pet shops or vets.

Aviaries
If you wish to construct a large aviary that is over 10m2, you may require building approval. Prior to construction, please inquire with the City’s Building Services, so as to determine if a building licence is required.

Should you wish to keep birds within the City of Nedlands please complete and submit an Application for Keeping Poultry, Pigeons and Miscellaneous Birds.

Documents 
Environmental Health - Information Sheet - Keeping Chickens in the Backyard
Keeping Poultry Brochure 2014

Documents

Environmental Health - Information Sheet - Keeping Chickens in the Backyard

Keeping Poultry Brochure 2014