Inner West Council

Guidelines for Keeping Animals and Birds

General Requirements

(i)  The keeping of all other animals not otherwise listed below is at the discretion of the council as to the suitability of the animal(s) and the number proposed.

(ii)  Such animals are required to be kept under such conditions as to prevent the creation of a nuisance or not to be dangerous or injurious to health. 

(iii) The area proposed for the keeping of such animals must at all times be kept clean and free from offensive odours.

(iv) Where the keeping of birds or animals on premises is capable of being regulated by the Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW Government, Council is excluded from issuing Order No. 18 under Council’s Local Orders powers.

Dogs

(i) Any premises used for the keeping of a dog or dogs must not be kept under such conditions as to create a nuisance or to be dangerous or injurious to health.

(ii) Any premises used for the keeping of a dog or dogs must at all times be kept clean and free from offensive odours.

(iii) Any premises used for the keeping of a dog should be appropriately fenced to secure the dog within the premises. 

(iv) Declared dangerous dogs and restricted breed dogs shall be secured as required by Section 56 of the Companion Animals Act 1998 No. 87 and:

  • The enclosure must be free standing and erected independent of common fences.  In some circumstances an enclosure may be attached to a blank wall of a building belonging to the premises.
  • The enclosure must be properly constructed in a tradesperson like manner and should be of sufficient size so as to allow for exercise and be not stressful for the breed of dog.
  • In addition -
    • The design should incorporate chain wire and a roof for shade and protection from the weather.
    • A concrete/paved floor graded and drained for easy maintenance and cleanliness.
    • No construction is to commence until a Development Application for the enclosure has been submitted to and approved by Council.

(vii) As a guideline, no more than two (2) dogs should be kept on any premises unless that premises is registered and approved for breeding purposes.

 

Cats

(i) Any premises used for the keeping of a cat or cats must not be kept under such conditions as to create a nuisance or to be dangerous or injurious to health.

(ii) Any premises used for the keeping of a cat or cats must at all times be kept clean and free from offensive odours.

(iii) As a guideline, no more than two (2) cats should be kept on any premises unless those premise(s) are registered and approved for breeding purposes.

 

Fowls or Guinea Fowls

Fowls shall include domestic chickens, bantams or guinea fowl and does not include ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl and other pheasants.

(i) roosters are not permitted at any time.

(ii) must not be kept within 4.5m of a dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.

(iii) the maximum number of fowls kept on premises is not to exceed fifteen (15).


Poultry (other than fowls or Guinea Fowls):

(i) must not be kept within 30 metres of a dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.

(ii) the maximum number of poultry (other than fowls) kept on premises is not to exceed five (5).

(iii) Roosters or cocks are not permitted at any time.

General requirements can be accessed here.


Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and Long-Billed Corella

(i) No more than two (2) birds should be kept in portable cages.

(ii) No more than four (4) birds should be kept in an aviary.

(iii) Sulphur crested cockatoo and long-billed corella are likely to be noisy if kept as single caged birds.

(iv) Noisy birds should be restricted in number but in any case are subject to the requirements of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

 

Pigeons

Racing pigeons may be permitted in individual cases, subject to a development application being submitted to and approved by Council.

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Rabbits

(i) Any premises used for the keeping of a rabbit must not be kept under such conditions as to create a nuisance or to be dangerous or injurious to health.

(ii) Any premises used for the keeping of a rabbit must at all times be kept clean and free from offensive odours.


Ferrets

(i) No more than four (4) ferrets to be kept on premises.

(ii) Ferrets must not be kept within six (6) metres of a dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food.


Rats, Mice and Guinea Pigs

(i) Must be kept in appropriate cages and not released into the environment.

(ii) Council may use its discretion on the number of rats/mice and guinea pigs kept at a premises.


Bees

(i) No more than two (2) hives are to be kept on any premises.

(ii) An adequate supply of water is to be provided within the premises where the bees are kept.

(iii) Hives are to be located so that flight paths do not interfere with surrounding residents.

(iv) Hives are to be located in rear yards only.

(v) All hives must be registered with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

(vi) Bee hives must not be kept under such conditions as to create a nuisance or to be dangerous or injurious to health.


Reptiles

(i)  Reptile species shall only be kept as specified by the Reptile Keepers Licence issued by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

(ii) A class 1 or 2 Reptile Keepers Licence must be obtained from the Office of Environment and Heritage prior to obtaining any reptile.  It is against the law to have in your possession any reptile without this licence.