We’ve collated council by council regulations (last total update Oct 2014) for keeping poultry in the cities of Melbourne. These change from time to time so please check the links. In summary it seems all cities in Melbourne allow some poultry without a permit, except Stonnington. Most specify that you can’t keep poultry in flats, and many specify extra information not listed here about housing requirements.  A common law is that all poultry houses should be at least 1m or 1.5m from the neighbours’ fence, although some councils are more restrictive (Whittlesea, Maribyrnong and Moreland in particular). Follow the links and you will find out more. If you notice any broken links or changed information, please let us know.  Thanks!

See also our pages on:

Banyule

Up to 10 poultry without a permit.

http://www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Services/Pets-and-Animals/Permits-for-Keeping-Animals

 

Bayside

Up to 10 poultry without a permit.

http://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/documents/Attachment_Part_5_-_Item_10.12_Local_Law_2.pdf

 

Boroondara

Rooster, peafowl or guinea fowl: not allowed.
Chickens and pheasants: six.
Turkeys, ducks and geese: two.
Poultry other than those specified above: four.

http://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/residents/animals/excess-animals

 

Brimbank

Up to 10 poultry without a permit on non-farming land, no roosters.

http://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/REGULATIONS/Pets_and_Animals/Register_Your_Pet#HowMany

 

Darebin

5 poultry without a permit.

http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/Darebin-Living/PetsandAnimals/Pets

 

Frankston

Up to 6 poultry without permit.

http://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/files/608d60ed-2695-49c5-9e23-a1dd00a22548/Keeping_Live_Stock.pdf

 

Glen Eira

Up to 6 poultry without a permit.

http://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Community/Pets/Register_your_pet

 

Greater Dandenong

Up to 20 poultry without permit, except roosters.  Housing to be 1m from boundary.

http://www.greaterdandenong.com/document/1532/number-of-animals

 

Hobson’s Bay

10 chickens without a permit (and not in a flat or unit). Housing 1.5m from boundary and 10m from any dwelling.

http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/files/8f287fcc-22d5-47cf-87e0-a02700def5e5/Application_for_a_permit_to_keep_additional_animals_or_birds.pdf

 

Hume

Up to 5 poultry without permit (on blocks less than 1 acre (4000 sq metres)).

http://www.hume.vic.gov.au/files/5c972c79-8501-4e34-836f-9e0501185e25/Multiple_Animal_PermitApplication2010-2011.pdf

 

Kingston

There are different rules for different sized properties. Between 530m2 and 4000m2 (~1 acre): up to 10 poultry and two live game birds (peacocks, pheasants etc) without permit. See local laws link below for more info or call the Local Laws Department on 1300 653 356.

http://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/files/c200e389-9646-4a55-a520-a22e00cd6bff/Kingston-Local-Law-6.pdf

 

Knox

Up to 5 poultry without permit.

http://www.knox.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=643

 

Manningham

Up to 4 poultry or pigeons without a permit.

http://www.manningham.vic.gov.au/keeping-of-additional-animals

 

Maribyrnong

Up to 10 poultry without permit… but chook house should be 18 metres from any road to which the land has a frontage, three (3) metres from any other road, one and one-half (1.5) metres from the boundary of any adjoining land in separate ownership or occupation.  And no part of the yard should be within 15 metres (!!) of any dwelling. 

http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Files/General_Purposes_Local_Law.doc

 

Maroondah

Up to 5 poultry:

http://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/PermittedPets.aspx

 

Melbourne

“There are no restrictions in regards to the proper housing and maintenance of poultry in the City of Melbourne municipality. It is worth noting however, if there are any complaints received – our Health Services branch are required to investigate any suspected health or animal cruelty breaches.” (Personal communication).

 

Moonee Valley

Up to 10 poultry without a permit.

http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/for-residents/animals/additional-animals.aspx

14 Nov 2013 update: buried in the local law but not on the above web page there is reference to quite restrictive laws!  Structures for the ‘housing’ of poultry to be 18m from roads to which property has frontage, 3m from other roads, 15m from any dwellings. Chook house & attached yard to be 1.5m from fencing.

Monash

Up to 5 poultry without a permit, no roosters.

http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/community/animals-regulations.htm

 

Moreland

Up to 6 poultry without a permit, no roosters, geese, turkeys, or peafowl.  The guidelines suggest a chook house can not be less than 1.5 metres from another fence, or 7 metres from a dwelling although we’ve also discovered some conflicting information, which say that the chook house should be 6 metres from either boundary or dwelling.  In that case your backyard needs to be at least 13m wide with the chook house in the middle, which would be the most restrictive laws on this front that we know of.

http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/animals-and-local-laws/pet-registration-permits-fines/multiple-pet-permit.html

 

Port Philip

Up to 4 hens, no roosters, without a permit.

  • “You may keep Hens however, Roosters must not be kept or harboured due to the noise nuisance.
  • You must apply for a multiple animal permit if the number of poultry increases the overall number of animals at the property to over four…
  • Poultry or animal housing or a similar structure must be located on the property so that the amenity of the area or other premises is not affected by nuisance, noise or odour experienced because of proximity of the poultry or animal housing.
  • An owner or occupier must not construct or use any poultry or animal housing on any property unless it has adequate roofing, drainage, is rodent proof and has a floor paved with impervious material.
  • All poultry and animal housing must be maintained so that it does not cause a nuisance or offensive conditions or harbour vermin.”

http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/animal_registration.htm

 

Stonnington

Permit required for all poultry, the only city within Greater Melbourne where this is true.  “Please contact the Council’s Animal Management Department on Ph: 03 8290 1333 regarding applications for the keeping of Poultry.”

http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/residents-and-services/pets-and-wildlife/keeping-extra-pets/

 

Whitehorse

Up to six poultry excluding roosters without a permit on ‘large’ properties only.  Large we’re told is defined as having no less than 200sqm of available land (excluding dwelling) available — not necessarily all dedicated to the chooks.

http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Keeping-Additional-Pets.html

 

Whittlesea

Up to 10 hens, no roosters in urban zones on blocks under 0.2 hectares.  The chicken enclosure should be located at least 3m from neighbours boundary, and you should store chook food in a vermin-free container.

http://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/pets-plants-and-animals/pets-and-animals/keeping-birds-and-poultry

 

Wyndham

Up to 6 poultry (other than rooster, fowl, guinea fowl, turkey, geese or ducks) without a permit.

http://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/var/files/uploads/doc/76c05bda7a41b5b78b9802f7698f752e.docx

 

City of Yarra

Up to 5 poultry without a permit.

http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Services/Animal-management/Other-animals–pests/Chickens/

Yarra Ranges

Doesn’t seem to mention maximum poultry numbers (let us know if we’ve missed something). Chook house must be at least 6 metres from dwellings on adjoining properties. 

http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Property/Pets/Keeping-Animals