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Chickens in your Backyard

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Why have Chickens?

Not only are chickens great pets but there are plenty of benefits to keeping chooks in your backyard:

  • Access to the freshest, tastiest, and most nutritious eggs around
  • Chickens can help reduce pests like grubs and ticks
  • Recycle your food scraps
  • Support ethical food production by having happy, healthy chooks
  • Chickens waste offers a nearly unlimited supply of nutrients for your compost and garden.

It’s important to note local councils have different regulations about keeping chickens in your backyard.

How many chickens can I keep in my backyard?

Under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008,  there is a limit of no more than 10 chickens as long as they are maintained in accordance with the guidelines of that policy.

The keeping of roosters is not prohibited on residential land in Wollongong however we do not recommend or encourage the keeping of roosters due to potential for them creating a noise nuisance.

Fowl Houses and Fowl Yard Requirements

  • Maximum floor area 15m2
  • Maximum height of 3m above ground level (existing)
  • No more than 10 fowls or poultry per house
  • Must be structurally adequate
  • Limit of one fowl house per property
  • Requires a distance from the boundary of 3 metres.
  • Must be located at least 4.5m from any dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food
  • Materials used must blend with the environment and be non reflective
  • Adequate drainage must be provided
  • Floor must be concrete or mineral asphalt underneath roosts or perches.


  • Consideration should be given to the impact upon adjoining properties
  • Water from the pen must not be allowed to enter a neighbouring property
  • When constructed, fowl houses must be regularly cleaned and maintained.

Policy and Legislation

State Environment Planning Policy - page 46  - SEPP 2008 pg 46
Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 Scroll down to Part 5 Division 2

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