Keeping poultry can have a number of benefits - they supply fresh eggs, can eat your food scraps and supply you with natural fertiliser. However, if not properly managed they can be a nuisance to neighbours: causing noise and odour issues and possibly carrying diseases.
Poultry are permitted to be kept on residential premises in the Hawkesbury City Council area, provided that the following conditions, from the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, are complied with:
- Poultry must be kept under such conditions that they do not create a nuisance and are not dangerous or injurious to health.
- Poultry yards must at all times be kept clean and free from offensive odours.
Council recommends that residents consider property size and potential impacts on neighbours, when deciding on whether to keep poultry in suburban areas and the number of poultry to be kept.Council does not recommend the keeping of roosters, as they are likely to produce offensive noise.
Council has the ability to restrict “offensive noise” where necessary by issuing a prevention notice, noise control notice or a noise abatement direction under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act). It should be noted that there are administrative costs associated with issuing these notices and orders and, significant fines for non-compliance.
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