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
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.
* 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.
Refer to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Agriculture and Food) for more details on Keeping Chickens in the Backyard: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/livestock-biosecurity/keeping-backyard-chickens. Download the Keeping backyard chickens safely information sheet produced by Department of Health
Under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3, planning approval is required for the keeping of hoofed and/or large non-domesticated animals or pets in ALL areas of the City of Kalamunda.
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.
An owner or occupier of premises shall not keep a large animal on any land under the scheme unless planning approval is granted.
More intensive animal establishments are restricted to Light Industry, General Industry, Rural Composite, and Rural Agriculture zones.
“Animal Establishment” means premises used for the breeding, boarding, and training or caring of animals for commercial purposes but does not include animal husbandry – intensive or veterinary centre.
Intensive Animal Husbandry is prohibited within the City of Kalamunda.
“Animal Husbandry – Intensive” means premises used for keeping, rearing or fattening of pigs, poultry (for either egg of meat production), rabbits (for either meat or fur production) and other livestock in feed lots.
Assessment of your application will consider the land capability of the property including an assessment of the management techniques you propose, the amount and condition of remnant vegetation on the property, implications for water catchment areas and
watercourses and implications on neighbouring properties.
The land capability of the property, and therefore the permitted stocking rate, is the number of animals that can be consistently kept on a piece of pasture all year round with minor additional feed and without causing environmental degradation and is
based on the soil type.
Overstocking properties can cause significant environmental damage through soil erosion, vegetation damage and contaminants leeching from animal’s wastes. The standard stocking rates are derived from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional
Development ‘Stocking Rate Guidelines for rural small holdings’. Environmental Services is able
to provide the recommended stocking rate for a specific property.
Stocking rates may be increased if it can be demonstrated that management practices used will cause less environmental impact on water quality and land condition. Should you apply to have animals in excess of the recommended stocking rate your application
will be referred to, and discussed with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
The City of Kalamunda will not approve your application until the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation gives their support. Similarly, if the property is located in a Public Drinking Water Source Area or other Environmentally Sensitive Area
the application will be referred to the department for their support.
In submitting your planning application you are required to provide a Property Management Plan. Essential information to be included in a Property Management Plan:
Note: Stormwater is not permitted to be allowed to enter a reserve or neighbouring property.
Residents may keep up to two hives on their property with the City's approval provided they are at least five (5) metres from the boundary. Bee Keepers must also be registered with the Department of Agriculture Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Bees must be kept in a manner that minimises their impact on neighbouring properties and must be kept in accordance with the following conditions:
Bees may not be kept in public place, a thoroughfare or public reserve. Where complaints regarding bee keeping are received, the complaint will be investigated to ensure that any nuisance that exists is abated.
Application to Keep Bees (fees payable)
Public & Environment Health
Impounding & Sustenance Fees