Central Coast Council | Ph 03 6429 8900 | Email: admin@centralcoast.tas.gov.au


From 1 November 2018, permits will be required to keep animals such as poultry, sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys, horses and cattle within residential areas.

Permits are NOT required for the keeping of up to two beehives, for six (6) or less standard hens, ten (10) or less bantam hens, or up to eight (8) mixed size hens, but will be needed by anyone wanting to keep a rooster or any other poultry such as ducks, geese, pigeons or turkeys.

The one-off permit fee of $26 per property will be used to fund the production of educational resource materials for people keen on keeping farm animals within residential areas.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the By-law.

CLICK HERE to download a Permit Application Form.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Healthy Hens, Happy Humans brochure.

Copies of the Permit Application Form and the By-law can also be obtained from the Council’s Administration or Service Centres.

For further information, contact the Council on tel. (03) 6429 8900.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the Council introduced an Animal Control By-law?

In the past there have been several issues involving the keeping of animals within residential areas. Current legislation can be quite difficult to enforce, and this often leads to poor outcomes for the community. The By-law is more proactive and will allow matters to be resolved in a much quicker manner.

It is also a mechanism that can be used to encourage good animal husbandry.

What areas does it apply to?

The By-law applies to all areas which are zoned Residential under the Tasmanian Planning Scheme – Central Coast, and any subsequent Schemes that are introduced. In general terms, this means those residential areas within the Ulverstone, Penguin, Sulphur Creek, Heybridge and Turners Beach townships - and some areas of Gawler - and may include others not mentioned here. If you are unsure what the zoning of your property is, please contact the Council on tel. (03) 6429 8900.

Does this mean I can't keep chickens?

People within residential areas are able to keep up to six (6) standard hens, ten (10) bantam hens, or eight (8) mixed size hens without requiring a permit. You do however, need to comply with the housing and control of the hens.

Can I keep a rooster?

A rooster can be kept as long as a permit has been issued.

How much does a permit cost?

A permit costs $26.

How long does a permit last?

The permit has no end date unless the conditions of the permit are not adhered to. If the Council receives a complaint, then the permit may be reviewed.

What other animals require a permit?

A permit is required to keep any of the following animals within Residential-zoned areas:

  • sheep
  • pigs
  • horses
  • donkeys
  • cows
  • goats
  • all other birds except for the specified number of hens
  • more than two bee hives.
What about dogs and cats?

The By-law does not apply to the keeping of dogs or cats as there is existing legislation dealing with these animals.

In the By-law it mentions a penalty unit - how much is a penalty unit?
Do I need to apply for a permit now?

You can apply for a permit from 1 November 2018. The Permit Application Form can be downloaded by clicking on the link above, or you can get a copy from the Administration or Service Centres.

Can I check to see if my neighbour has applied for a permit?

When a permit is applied for, all adjoining neighbours will be contacted.

I have a combination of animals - do I need a permit?

If you have one of the following animals, you will require a permit, regardless of what other animals you have:

  • sheep
  • pig
  • horse
  • donkey
  • cow
  • goat
  • goose
  • duck
  • turkey
  • rooster.

You will also require a permit if you are keeping more than two bee hives in a Residential-zoned area.

For example, if you have: two bantam hens, one duck and one rooster, you will require a permit to keep the duck and the rooster within a Residential-zoned area.

I have an aviary with budgies - do I need a permit?

Yes. Budgies are defined as domestic, caged birds under the By-law and therefore a permit is required to keep them within a Residential-zoned area.

I keep pigeons - do I need a permit?

Yes, if the pigeons are being kept within an area zoned Residential, a permit is required.

What if I want to make a complaint?

Complaints may be directed to:

Director Community Services
Central Coast Council
PO Box 220

or via email to:  admin@centralcoast.tas.gov.au with the wording "Attention Director Community Services" as part of the subject line.

Alternatively, you can contact the Council on (03) 6429 8900 or visit the Administration Centre at 19 King Edward Street, Ulverstone.

What if I have more questions?

Contact the Council on (03) 6429 8900 or visit the Administration Centre.