Keeping of Animals

Keeping of Animals

The City of Kalamunda prides itself on maintaining a village atmosphere, and this includes allowing the keeping of animals such as, poultry, sheep and other large animals. However, in order to ensure that neighbouring properties are not unduly affected by noise, odour or other potential problems, guidelines and local laws have been developed.

If you are having a problem with animals being kept on a neighbouring property, please first discuss it with your neighbour. If the problem persists please complete and return a Health Investigation Request Form.

Health Investigation Request Form



Under the City of Kalamunda Keeping and Control of Animals and Nuisance Local Law 2011 (the Local Law), the number of poultry allowed to be kept is based on residential lot size.

  • Small Lots: less than 600m² cannot keep poultry or pigeons without approval
  • Medium Lots: between 600m² and 2000m² may keep a combined total of 6 poultry or pigeons.
  • Large lots: greater than 2000m² may keep a combined total of 20 poultry or pigeons, including 1 restricted poultry*.

* Restricted poultry include roosters, peafowl, turkeys and geese.

Residents who would like to keep more than the above numbers must apply in writing including information as detailed in clause 4.4 of the Local Law.

Residents must  ensure that poultry are kept in a manner so as not to cause a nuisance. Where complaints regarding odour, flies or noise are received, the complaint will be investigated to ensure that any nuisance that exists is abated.

Keeping Chickens in the Backyard

Large Animals

A large animal includes a horse, cow, pig, sheep, goat, camel, deer, alpaca and llama. If you wish to keep any of these animals as large or miniature breeds on your property you must submit a Development Application Form for approval.

Guidelines for Keeping Large Animals


Residents may keep up to two hives on their property with the City's approval provided they are at least 5 metres from the boundary. Bee Keepers must also be registered with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Bees must be kept in a manner that minimises their impact on neighbouring properties. Refer to Guidelines for Keeping Bees for more information and application to keep bees below.

Guidelines for Keeping Bees
Application to Keep Bees (fees payable)

Wild Bees?
View more information here if you are having a problem with wild bees.


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