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Birds & other animals
All animals must be kept in a manner that does not create a nuisance or a health risk to the surrounding community.

Council does not specify how many animals can be kept at a premise. The number of birds or animals to be kept is at the discretion of the investigating Council officer and will depend on the number and type or birds or animals being kept, the conditions under which they are kept and the impact they are causing.

Suitable facilities and shelters should be provided for all animals. Certain kinds of animals are required to be kept in enclosed locations to prevent escape or attack by predators. Generally other animals are to be securely enclosed with adequate fencing to prevent escape.

Common issues dealt with by councils in relation to animals include:
  • Offensive odours;
  • Noise nuisances; or
  • Unhealthy conditions causing pest and vermin issues.

Thse issues can be avoided by considering the type and number of animals which are suitable for your neighbourhood.

If complaints are received by Council and substantiated, Council will requuest that appropriate actions be undertaken to resolve the issue(s) identified.

Two key pieces of legislation which deal with these issues are:
  • Local Government Act 2003 and associated Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, which provides guidance to Council in the event that Council needs to serve orders to ensure animals are kept appropriately
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the associated State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, which outline the requirements for approvals for certain types of animals and animal shelters.

Council has the discretion whether to issue an order or not for persons to comply with the standards under the Local Government Act 1993.

If you have any questions regarding the keeping of birds and other animals, contact Council.

If you have a question relating to the welfare of any animal you can contact the RSPCA on 02 9770 7555.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290