Chooks & Council Regulations

As backyard poultry keeping increases in popularity, we are regularly approached by customers asking if we could let them know how many their Council allows. In response to this we have compiled a list of Melbourne and surrounds council by-laws that lead to their information on allowed numbers, housing requirements and basic care. Although a majority of local government area allow the keeping of hens, with numbers averaging 5-6 in most Melbourne suburbs, some are more restrictive. However, this information, combined with our FAQ, should definately help you with your decision whether to keep chooks.

If you want more information on poultry keeping guidelines in your local council area, and can’t find it on the internet, we would encourage you to contact them for a brief chat. There is no need to provide person/identifying information when you call, they are used to lots of people calling for lots of different information so don’t feel that if you call they will be peeking over your fence the next week 🙂

If you notice that any of the links are not working (for whatever reason) or have become out of date we would certainly appreciate a quick email or contact us letting us know – just so we can ensure that this very important information is always relevant.

Banyule City Council

Bayside City Council

Refer to Local Law 39 (on pg. 32)

Baw Baw Shire Council

Boroondara City Council

Brimbank City Council

Cardinia Shire Council

No limits on poultry numbers (WOO-HOO!) but guidelines on location of coop.

City of Casey

Refer to Local Law 2.3.11 (on pg. 14)

Darebin City Council

Refer to Animal Management Strategy – 3.1.1 (on pg. 6)

Frankston City Council

Refer to Local Law 2012 No. 7 – 4.1 (on pg. 22)

Glen Eira City Council

Greater Dandenong City Council

Hume City Council

Kingston City Council

Refer to Local Law 6 (On pg. 9)

Knox City Council

Refer to Local Law 2010 – 3.20 (on pg. 16)

Manningham City Council

Maribyrnong City Council

Maroondah City Council

Melbourne City Council

Not able to find any information on Poultry keeping numbers so please contact them for more information.

Melton Shire Council

Monash City Council

Moonee Valley City Council

Moreland City Council

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Nullimbik Shire Council

Port Phillip City Council

Stonnington City Council

Wellington Shire Council

Whitehorse City Council

Whittlesea City Council

Wyndham City Council

Yarra City Council

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Might require permit, but have had customers from this area buying poultry 🙂