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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.

From time to time we offer workshops on how to Keep Chickens in your Backyard.  If you would like to place your details on a waiting list for a future workshop, please email your full name, contact phone number and email to the Discovery Centre.  Email: or


How many chickens can I keep in my backyard?

The number of chickens allowed in a residential area is set by the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), and may vary depending on the zoning of your land.

The keeping of roosters is prohibited on residential land in Wollongong.


To check all the rules about chickens / fowl permitted for your property, including how to house them, please see the current SEPP.


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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