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Birds, Poultry and Pigeons

Many Ipswich residents own birds, poultry or pigeons for a variety of reasons, including companionship and special interest. To assist owners to manage birds, poultry and pigeons on their properties, as well as for the health and well-being of our environment, Council provides the following guidelines, ownership responsibilities and local laws regarding birds, poultry and pigeon ownership in Ipswich.

Allowed numbers

The number of birds, poultry or pigeons you can keep is determined by the size of your property. If the number of birds, poultry or pigeons in your possession is greater than the specified land area requirement, you will need to apply for a permit. If you want to keep a rooster on land other than rural (regardless of size) you must also apply for a permit.

Minimum land area requirements:

  • 1-2 birds/pigeons - no minimum land size
  • 1-2 poultry - 350 m²
  • 3-12 birds/poultry/pigeons - 700 m²
  • 13-25 birds/poultry/pigeons - 1,000 m²
  • 25+ birds/poultry/pigeons - permit required

As an example: if your property is 800 m² you can keep up to 12 birds, poultry or pigeons. 1 hectare = 10,000 m²

Bird, pigeon or poultry enclosures

All birds, poultry or pigeon species must also be effectively contained within a suitable enclosure on your property. See local laws and permits below for more information.

Local laws

Local Laws are provided by Council to assist residents to manage their birds, poultry or pigeons and to promote ownership responsibility in the protection of our local environment. All bird, poultry or pigeon owners in Ipswich must comply with the following minimum standards in accordance with Local Law No. 6 (Animal Management) 2013, regardless of whether they require a permit or not:

  • All birds, poultry or pigeons must be effectively confined within an enclosure appropriate for the number, size and the breed.
  • All enclosures must be at least one metre from boundary fence and five metres from any road or public land.
  • The enclosure must be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week and effectively treated with an insecticide at least twice a year.
  • The enclosure must be constructed and maintained so as to prevent vermin.
  • Feed must be kept in a vermin-proof container.
  • Adherence to the minimum distances from any residential building or premises, as outlined in the table below:

Birds Table1

Permits

Birds, poultry or pigeon owners do not require a permit for the following:

  • Up to two birds/pigeons - no minimum land size
  • Up to two poultry - on land 350 m² or more
  • Up to 12 birds/poultry/pigeons - on land 700 m² or more
  • Up to 25 birds/poultry/pigeons - on land 1,000 m² or more
  • To keep rooster/s on rural land.

Standard permits

Standard Permits

Name

Description

Conditions

Bird Permit

Issued to keep 25 or more birds excluding

  • roosters, poultry, pigeons or
  • more than 25 peacocks, guinea fowl, eclectus parrots or birds from the cockatoo family

on land 1,000m² or more in a residential area:

  • Birds must be kept so as not to cause a noise, odour or fly nuisance
  • Birds must not include rooster, poultry, pigeons or more than 25 peacocks, guinea fowl, eclectus parrots or birds from the cockatoo family
  • The minimum distance of an enclosure from any residential building or premises is 25 metres

Poultry Permit

Issued to keep 25 or more poultry excluding

  • roosters

on land 1,000m² or more in a residential area:

  • Poultry must be kept so as not to cause a noise, odour or fly nuisance
  • Poultry must not include roosters
  • The minimum distance of an enclosure from any residential building or premises is 25 metres

Pigeon Permit

Issued to keep 25 or more pigeons on land 1,000m² or more in a residential area:

  • Pigeon must be kept so as not to cause a noise, odour or fly nuisance
  • The minimum distance of an enclosure from any residential building or premises is 25 metres
  • An application for a non-standard permit is required where the bird owner is unable to comply with the standard conditions - the non-standard permit is more expensive as it requires an inspection of the property.
  • For more information and to apply for a permit view the permit application kit under Resources below.

Non-standard permits

Non-Standard Permits

Name

Description

Conditions

Bird Permit  Issued to keep birds above allowable 'no permit' or 'standard permit' limits
  • Birds must be kept so as not to cause a noise, odour or fly nuisance
  • Other conditions may apply upon assessment
  • Ipswich City Council does not issue native bird permits.To enquire about these, contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 1300 130 372.
  • The keeping of birds may be defined as intensive animal husbandry' under the Ipswich Planning Scheme 2006. Such uses may require planning approval from Council.  It is recommended before you apply for a permit, you contact Council's Planning and Development Department on (07) 3810 6666 for further information.
  • If you require any further information about keeping birds in Ipswich, please contact Council during business hours on (07) 3810 6666.
  • For more information and to apply for a permit view the permit application kit under Resources below.

Roaming birds and impounding

  • Birds must be confined to the owner's property at all times - birds are not allowed to roam.
  • To request a Council officer investigate birds roaming from their property, please contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with necessary information including location, address, breed and colour (if known) of roaming bird/s.
  • Sometimes issues of roaming birds can be resolved by speaking to the bird owner first, without the need to involve Council.
  • While Council does not offer a collection service for roaming birds, they may be brought to the Ipswich Pound and Animal Management Centre.
  • Birds can be brought to the pound as long as the bird was found in the Ipswich Council area and the customer lives in the Ipswich Council area.
  • If your bird is located in the Ipswich pound, you should visit the pound and speak to the staff. In most cases, the bird owner will be charged fees prior to the release of the bird from the pound.
  • If the bird owner is unable to visit the pound and would like their representative to collect the bird on their behalf, a letter of authority or similar authorisation by the bird owner is necessary to release the bird.
  • Bird owners may choose to surrender their animal to the Ipswich pound as long as the owner lives in the Ipswich City Council area. Charges may apply.

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