Livestock & Poultry
The type and numbers of animals and birds that can be kept on property is determined by the zoning of that particular property. To find your zone visit the 'What's my property zoning page'
The rules that govern the keeping of wildlife and poultry within the City of Albany are detailed in the City of Albany's you can download this below.
- Animals Local Law 2001 (415KB)Published in the Government Gazette on 15 January 2002.
The City of Albany has a designated area where horses can be exercised during specified times.
- Training of horses - between dawn and 9.00am
- Wading or swimming of horse - between 9.00am and 11.00am; and between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
Outside of these training times, horses in this area must be controlled at no greater than walking speed and in a manner that will not cause a danger or nuisance to others.
Horses are not permitted to enter the adjacent designated dog exercise area, however, providing a dog remains under full control and on a leash at all time, it can be exercised within the designated horse exercise area.
- Animal Control: Animal Exercise Areas Information Map (143KB)Map of animal exercise areas.
Livestock includes any horse, cattle, sheep, goat, swine, buffalo, deer, camel, llama and alpaca. The properties on which livestock can be kept is determined by the Local Planning Scheme 1, this can be found on the Planning Services page
Property owners who keep livestock have a responsibility to ensure that their fencing is sufficient to contain stock inside the property. The minimum requirement in rural or special rural areas is a fence of post and wire construction (for example wooden or steel posts supporting either plain, barbed or pre-fabricated netting wire, or a combination of each).
The owner or person in charge of the livestock also has an obligation to ensure stock does not stray onto a road or public place; or on private property without the consent of the property owner.
Wandering stock has the potential to be a serious threat to both public safety and biosecurity.
If the City of Albany receives a report of stray stock, attending Rangers may impound the livestock at either:
- The City of Albany Pound located at Mercer Road.
- Private property within the consent of the property owner.
Where the stock owner is or can be identified, they will be liable for all associated impounding costs, including sustenance fees. If the owner cannot be found, the City may dispose of the stock by sale in order to recover costs.
To avoid legal action, the City urges all livestock owners to take the time to check that their fences are in good condition.
The maximum number of poultry permitted to be kept on a town site or residential property is 12, including a maximum of two ducks. Noisy poultry including roosters, turkeys, geese, peacocks/peahens are not permitted in residential areas.
A number of conditions apply to the keeping of poultry, including:
- Poultry should not be able to approach within 1.2 metres from a boundary of land of another occupant.
- Poultry should be kept in a properly constructed and securely fastened enclosure which has a concrete floor.
- Enclosures should be clean and maintained at all times.
Special Rural Areas
The occupier of a property in any special rural area can keep up to 25 poultry providing they are kept in the following conditions:
- A shed designed to permit the use of a deep litter system, or in open yards with a shed that has a concrete floor at least 50mm thick.
- A shed is of sound construction and its yard to be well maintained and in a clean condition at all times.
- The shed must be between 1.5 to 1.8 metres in height to allow easy entry for cleaning.
- The shed should be no closer than 1 metre from the land boundary of another occupant, or 15 metres from any dwelling house or street.
Written approval is required from an authorised person within the City of Albany's Ranger Team to keep more than 25 poultry. Email the rangers team email@example.com
The occupier of a property in any rural area can keep up to 50 poultry.
Written approval is required from an authorised person within the City of Albany's Ranger Team to keep more than 50 poultry. Email the rangers team firstname.lastname@example.org
- Health: Keeping Poultry (56KB)A person may keep up to 12 poultry (including a maximum of 2 ducks) in a residential area, but they must be housed permanently in a specially constructed and securely fastened hut.
- Health: Pigeons (32KB)Before a person may keep pigeons on a property, the person must apply to the local government and obtain a Certificate of Registration.
Dog attacks on livestock is considered a serious offence and substantial penalties may be incurred by owners of dogs that attack livestock. Please report any attacks to the Ranger Team on 9841 9349.
In extreme circumstances where an offending dog cannot be captured it may be necessary for the stock owner to destroy the dog. If this action occurs, the Police must be advised as soon as practicable. We strongly advise you contact the Rangers on 9841 9349, prior to undertaking this course of action.