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Livestock

Livestock is the term used to refer to farm animals or those animals used for cultivation for food, fibre or labour. These animals include cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, camels, goats, deer, llamas and the like. For the protection of the animals and the local environment, Ipswich City Council has a number of minimum standards, local laws and owner responsibilities which must be met when keeping of livestock.

Allowed numbers

  • Livestock requires 800 m² of unencumbered land per animal.
  • It is important to note all livestock owners in Ipswich, regardless of whether they require a permit or not, must comply with local law standards.
  • Should you wish to make a request for Council to investigate the keeping of more excess livestock on a person's property, please contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with the necessary information including location and address of the property and estimation of the number of livestock being kept.

Local laws

Local laws are provided by Council to assist owners to look after their livestock, and to promote ownership responsibility in the protection of our local environment.  All livestock 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:

  • Manure and urine must not cause a nuisance
  • All feed is to be stored in a vermin proof manner
  • A minimum of 800 m² of open land, unencumbered by buildings, is available for each animal kept on the property
  • The keeping of an animal must not cause a noise, odour or fly nuisance
  • Where the grazing behaviour of stock kept on land is causing or is likely to cause damage to neighbouring property, the keeper must take all reasonable measures to effectively isolate the stock from the property at risk, to the satisfaction of an authorised person. Reasonable measures may include the construction of a fence to the satisfaction of an authorised person to achieve 3 m setback from affected property boundaries.
  • The same standard conditions apply to the keeping of miniature breeds of these varieties of animals, however Council's fencing guidelines reflect the smaller sizes of these animals.  For further information, contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Permits

  • Properties 4,000 m² (one acre) or more and designated rural or similar as set out in the planning scheme - no permit required to keep livestock.
  • Properties 2,000 m² (half-acre) or less in residential area - horses and/or pigs prohibited.
  • Properties 2,000 m² (half-acre) or more - permit required to keep livestock (excluding horses - see Horses and Stables below).
  • Depending on land zoning and property size, planning and development assessments and approvals may be required prior to making application to Council - contact Council's Planning and Development Department on (07) 3810 6666 for further information.

Standard permits

Standard Permits

Name

Description

Conditions

Animal Permit


Animal Permit

Issued to keep cattle, llama, camels, sheep, goats and deer excluding horses and pigs on land 2,000m² or more in a residential area.

Issued to keep cattle, llama, camels, sheep, goats and deer excluding horses and pigs on land between 2,000m² and up to 4,000m² and designated rural or a similar designation to rural in the Planning Scheme.

Animals must not include horses or pigs

Note: an application for a non-standard permit is required where the animal owner is unable to comply with the standard conditions - this permit is more expensive as it requires an inspection of the property.

Non-standard permits:

Non-Standard Permits

Name

Description

Conditions

Animal Permit

Issued to keep pigs on land between 2,000m² and up to 4,000m² and designated rural or a similar designation to rural in the Planning Scheme

All manure and other waste is managed in such a manner so as not to cause any odour, fly breeding or nuisance.  Collection and removal of manure is to be undertaken to the satisfaction of an authorised officer

All pigs are kept within an enclosure suitably constructed for the purpose of restricting the movement of pigs

The enclosure must be located not less than 60 metres from any dwelling or road

The enclosure must be located not less than 30 metres from any property boundary

  • The pig permit will stipulate the number of pigs to be kept on the property.
  • Any building structures such as piggeries will require building approval from Council.
  • Depending upon the proposed size of the operation, a licence may also be required under the Environmental Protection Act.
  • For further information regarding this licence for piggeries, please contact the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries on 13 25 23.
  • Depending on land zoning and property size Planning and Development assessments and approvals may be required.
  • 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 livestock in Ipswich, please contact Council during business hours on (07) 3810 6666.
  • To apply for a livestock permit please see the Livestock - Permit Application form (under Resources below).

Horses and stables

  • Properties 4,000 m² (one acre) or more and designated rural or a similar in the planning scheme - no permit required to keep a horse.
  • Properties 2,000m² (half-acre) or less in a residential area - keeping horses prohibited unless in the Bundamba Racecourse Stables Zone or the Stables Residential Investigation Zone in the Ipswich City Council Planning Scheme
  • Properties 2,000m² (half-acre) or more - permit required to keep horses.
  • 800 m² (minimum) of unencumbered land (land free of buildings, gardens, dams, etc) - required for each horse intended to be kept on the property.

Standard permits

Standard Permits

Name

Description

Conditions

Horse Permit


Horse Permit

Issued to keep horses land 2,000 m² or more in a residential area.

Issued to keep horses on land between 2,000 m² and up to 4,000 m² and designated rural or a similar designation to rural in the Planning Scheme.

A minimum of 800 m² of open land, unencumbered by buildings, is available for each horse kept on the premises, other than in the Bundamba Racecourse Stables Zone or the Stables Residential Investigation Zone in the Planning Scheme

An application for a non-standard permit is required where the horse owner is unable to comply with the standard conditions. This permit is more expensive as it requires an inspection of the property.

Non-standard licence

Non-Standard Licence

Name

Description

Conditions

Commercial Stable Licence

A Commercial Stable Licence is required if the land is used for:

Racing or trotting stables

Breeding of horses for sale

Boarding for horses for fee or reward

If a law requires registration of an animal then the person selling the animal must register the animal offering it for sale or alternately keep a register giving full details of:

  • all horses sold or otherwise disposed of including the name and address of the new keeper of the horse; and
  • a full description of each horse sold or otherwise disposed of; and
  • the date of sale or disposal of each horse

A person who offers for sale any horse suffering from a transmissible or communicable decease must provide a person intending to buy the horse with a report from a qualified veterinarian indicating the horse's present condition.

  • Operating a stable is 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 Commercial Stable Licences in Ipswich, please contact Council during business hours on (07) 3810 6666.
  • Stable permit holders must also comply with the minimum standards for keeping livestock in accordance with Local Law No. 6 (Animal Management) 2013 outlined under the local law and permits information above.
  • To apply for a permit for horses please see the Horses - Permit Application Kit form (under Resources below).

Roaming livestock and impounding

  • Livestock must be confined to the owner's property at all times - livestock is not allowed to roam.
  • Should you wish to make a request for a Council Officer to investigate livestockroaming from their property, please contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with the necessary information including location, address, breed and colour (if known) of the roaming livestock.
  • If the address is unknown, patrols will be carried out to try and locate the livestock.
  • If livestock have roamed onto your property, please secure the animal to the property if it is possible and safe to do so and contact Council to arrange an animal management officer to collect the animal.
  • Please note: an adult must be present on the property for the animal management officer's visit so that they can complete the necessary paperwork for the removal of the animal from their property.
  • Sometimes issues of roaming livestock can be resolved by speaking to the animal owner first, without the need to involve Council.
  • If your livestock is located in the Ipswich pound, you should visit the pound and speak to the staff. In most cases, the owner will be charged fees prior to the release of the animal from the pound. If the owner is unable to visit the pound and would like their representative to collect the animal on their behalf, a letter of authority or similar authorisation by the livestock owner is necessary to release the livestock.
  • Livestock 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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