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If you want to keep a few chickens in your backyard or have the space to keep a horse, there are some things you need to know to make sure your animals are healthy and your neighbours happy.
It is important for dogs and cats, and all animals kept, have the right housing and are properly cared for.
Find out what you can do so your animals, your neighbours and the community live together happily.
We encourage dog owners to be aware of their basic responsibilities including:
We encourage cat owners to keep their cat indoors or in an enclosure outside to keep them safe and to protect wildlife. We also encourage cat owners to be make sure their cat is microchipped and registered.
Poultry includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Chickens must not be a health risk or nuisance and poultry yards must be kept clean and free of offensive odours. It’s important to note:
For more information contact our Environmental Health Team.
The keeping of birds for pets and/or breeding is a popular activity for many people.
The activity however, can result in public health and nuisance complaints if the aviaries are poorly kept and maintained. Keeping birds can result in offensive odours and the attraction of mice and other vermin if aviaries are not regularly cleaned.
Caged birds should be kept in a manner which does not cause any nuisance to neighbouring properties or result in unhealthy conditions or offensive odours.
If you are concerned about a bee swarm or for help with information about bees or beekeepers, please contact the Department of Primary Industries.
If the bee swarm is on Council land, please contact Council.
It is possible to keep horses in suburban areas, towns and villages, however there are guidelines you will need to follow.
For more information on horse riding on beaches and foreshores, view our Responsible Horse Riding on Beaches & Foreshores Fact Sheet
Last updated on 23 February 2021
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Shoalhaven City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land in which we live and work and their continuing cultural connections to land and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, culture, traditions and hopes of the future.