Approval to keep animals - Southern Downs Regional Council - Queensland

Description

You may need this approval to keep animals on your property, other than cats and dogs. The animals that require approval will vary according to your location but may include:

  • birds
  • poultry
  • bees
  • livestock (e.g. horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep).

In most circumstances you will not require council approval to keep birds or poultry, as long as you do not exceed the allowed number of animals for your property size. If you intend to keep more birds or poultry than the allowed limit, you may need to apply for an approval.

You will need to ensure that any bees kept on your property will not have adverse effects on neighbours and the community.

Livestock refers to any animal that can be farmed, whether kept for farming or domestic purposes. It also includes any variants or miniatures of those animals. There may be restrictions preventing animals, such as livestock, from being kept on small lots of land.

You may not need to apply for this approval if the keeping of the animal is authorised under a development approval issued by the council.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Your local council may consider the following factors in deciding whether to grant this approval:

  • the land's physical suitability for the proposed use
  • the structural suitability of enclosures
  • the likelihood of the animals causing nuisance, inconvenience, or annoyance to the occupiers of the adjoining land
  • the likely effect on the amenity of the surrounding area
  • the likely effect on the local environment and any possible pollution or other environmental damage
  • other relevant factors to the circumstances of the case.

If you intend to keep a beehive you must register as a beekeeper with Biosecurity Queensland.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $168.50
Renew Renewal All $45.00

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Additional information

You may be required to comply with your council's local laws to ensure that your birds and poultry remain healthy and do not become a nuisance to your neighbours or the community. Local laws may govern:

  • provision of appropriate housing and enclosures
  • storage of seeds and any other types of bird food
  • cleanliness of housing and enclosures.

There may be separate regulations imposed by the council on the keeping of roosters.

Common restrictions imposed by the council in relation to beekeeping include:

  • the size of the property the bees will be housed
  • the number of hives permitted (if any).

Beehives in rural areas should not be located within 50 metres of an adjoining neighbour's dwelling or school bus stops.

Beehives in urban areas must be in a quiet area of the allotment and not directly against the neighbouring property unless a solid fence or impenetrable vegetative barrier (no less than two metres high) forms the property boundary. Hives must be kept as far away from roads, footpaths, and parks as possible.

Administering agency

Southern Downs Regional Council

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Southern Downs Regional Council

Queensland
Operating address: 64 Fitzroy Street
Warwick, Queensland 4370
Mailing address: PO BOX 26
Warwick, Queensland 4370
Phone: 07 4661 0300
Fax: 07 4661 0333
Email: mail@southerndowns.qld.gov.au
Website: Southern Downs Regional Council (Opens in new window)