Approval to keep animals - Ipswich City Council - Queensland

Description

You need a permit in order to keep:

  • more than 25 head of poultry on any land other than land zoned rural, non-urban/limited development or land contained in a similar designation or precinct to a rural zone as described within a structure plan (poultry permit).
  • more than 25 pigeons on any land other than land zoned rural, non-urban/limited development or land contained within a similar designation or precinct to a rural zone as described within a structure plan (bird permit).
  • more than 25 birds (other than poultry or pigeons) on any land other than land zoned rural, non-urban/limited development or land contained in a similar designation or precinct to a rural zone as described within a structure plan (bird permit).
  • a horse on land other than land zoned rural, non-urban/limited development or land contained within a similar designation or precinct to a rural zone as described within a structure plan (horse permit); or land used for:
    1. racing or trotting stables; or
    2. breeding of horses for sale; or
    3. boarding of horses for fee or reward (stable permit)
  • a pig on any land other than land zoned rural, non-urban/limited development or land contained within a similar designation to a rural zone as described within a structure plan (pig permit).
  • an animal on any land other than land zoned rural, non-urban/limited development or land contained within a similar designation to a rural zone as described within a structure plan (animal permit).

A structure plan forms part of the Ipswich City Council town planning scheme and it designates preferred land uses.

The number of animals you may keep in a particular area depends on the size of your site.

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.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process

Apply

To apply for this approval, you must:

  • complete the approved application form
  • pay the prescribed fee.

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 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

Ipswich City Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Ipswich City Council

Operating address: 50 South Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305
Mailing address: PO BOX 191
Ipswich, Queensland 4305
Phone: 07 3810 6666
Fax: 07 3810 6731
Email: council@ipswich.qld.gov.au
Website: Ipswich City Council (Opens in new window)