Other Animals

Guidelines for residents keeping poultry and other animals. Help for injured wildlife.

Poultry

The following guidelines ensure your poultry are kept in the best possible conditions for their comfort and that of your neighbours. 

Residents should not keep any poultry (chickens, fowls, geese, turkeys and ducks of any age above 4 weeks) so as to be a nuisance or injurious to health by reason of:
  • The number of birds
  • The noise made by the bird(s)
  • The dust or odour generated by the bird(s)
  • The attraction of flies, rats, mice or other vermin
  • The nature and location of housing facilities for the bird(s)
  • The bird(s) not being adequately contained on the land
  • The bird(s) being allowed to wander or fly from or to land either alone or in numbers
  • Droppings emanating from the bird(s)
  • For any other justifiable reason.
The bird(s) shelter should be of solid construction, readily cleansable, have a solid impervious floor, and constructed in an area that is:
  • Away from neighbouring dwellings used principally for human habitation
  • Not forward of any dwelling to the primary street frontage
  • Not less than 1m from any boundary fence, hedge, or wall
  • Of an area not less than 1m² for each bird confined
  • Provided with a shelter constructed of suitable material, a rainproof roof and with an area of not less than 0.4m² for each bird.

While keeping roosters is not prohibited, the practice is not encouraged in residential areas. Invariably, complaints about noise will be received and the owner will be required to remove the bird(s) if they cause justifiable nuisance.

For further information, please contact our Environmental Health Team on 8372 5111.

Please note that this information is only intended to provide guidance to the community and does not in any way bind the Council.

Birds Excluding Poultry

The following guidelines ensure your birds are kept in the best possible conditions for their comfort and that of your neighbours. 

For guidelines on keeping chicken, visit out Poultry page.

No birds shall be kept outdoors unless the birds are kept within an aviary or enclosure, which is:
  • At least 2m from any neighbouring building
  • Of an area which is appropriate for the breed of bird confined
  • Constructed of suitable material with a rainproof roof.
All bird shelters and enclosures shall be kept in a sanitary condition:
  • Any deceased birds are disposed of by burying
  • All accumulations of manure are stored in a fly proof container and the contents disposed of weekly so as to prevent offensiveness and the breeding of flies.

All containers for the storage of bird feed shall be rat proof.

For further information, please contact our Environmental Health Team on 8372 5111.

Farm Animals

Council Development Approval is required to keep non-domestic animals.

Each application will be considered on its merits and no precedent is set by any approval given. Enquiries please phone our Environmental Health Team on 8372 5111.

These guidelines may be amended without notice.

  • Housing

    Animals must be provided with an enclosure and shelter.

    They must be housed in the rear yard to the premises:

    • At least 12m from any house or other building used for the preparation or storage of food,
    • 22m from the front street and
    • 3m from any back lane or side street.


    Shelters must have a solid floor graded and drained to the sewer via a silt trap. Every stall must have minimum dimensions of 2.5m x 3m. Adequate lighting and ventilation is to be provided.

    All feed should be stored in rat proof containers and contained within a separate storage area and all such forage stores must be vermin proof.

  • Exercise Yards
    Each stall shall have an exercise yard attached of at least 17sq m, covered or open.

    Yards shall be effectively paved, graded and drained.
  • Manure & Stable Litter
    Manure and stable litter shall be collected at least once every 24 hours, removed from the premises or placed in suitable waterproof and vermin-proof containers with tight fitting lids.

    The contents of the containers must be removed at least once a week and disposed of to prevent offensiveness and the breeding of flies.
  • Water

    An adequate and convenient supply of water shall be provided for the cleaning of the stables and enclosures.

    A sufficient supply of clean water shall be provided at all times for cattle via watering troughs provided within the enclosures.

Injured Wildlife

We are fortunate in Unley to share our neighbourhood with a variety of native wildlife species. If you do though come across an injured or abandoned native animal, we recommend you contact the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital located at 282 Anzac Highway, Plympton.
 
Phone 8297 2455
Email adelaidekoalahospital@gmail.com
Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Out of hours or emergency, phone 8371 0333
 
A team of dedicated professionals at the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital provide free emergency vet services to injured wildlife. The hospital takes in injured or orphaned wildlife with the aim of rehabilitation and release. They also participate in a wide variety of educational programs for students, carers, veterinary students and the public. 
 
Visit the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital webpage for more information on their services and the ways that you can help.