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If you notice that any of the links are not working (for whatever reason) or have become out of date we would certainly appreciate a quick email or contact us letting us know – just so we can ensure that this very important information is always relevant.
Refer to Local Law 39 (on pg. 32)
No limits on poultry numbers (WOO-HOO!) but guidelines on location of coop.
Refer to Local Law 2.3.11 (on pg. 14)
Refer to Animal Management Strategy – 3.1.1 (on pg. 6)
Refer to Local Law 6 (On pg. 9)
Refer to Local Law 2010 – 3.20 (on pg. 16)
Not able to find any information on Poultry keeping numbers so please contact them for more information.
Might require permit, but have had customers from this area buying poultry 🙂