Other Animals

Keeping livestock

If you are considering keeping livestock at your property, it is essential that the property is suitable.
Council does not have a by-law for the keeping of chickens/poultry on property. Poultry may therefore be kept provided they are managed so as not to cause an odour nuisance to neighbouring properties and no run off from the pen area occurs.

Bee keeping

Urban beekeeping can be an enjoyable hobby, producing a healthy nutritious product for home consumption. Bee keeping is low risk to the human population, however, can cause community concern, especially by neighbours. Beekeepers must take special care so their bees do not become a nuisance to neighbours, or even appear to be a problem. Talk to your neighbours before establishing a hive.

There are no state government requirements to register as a beekeeper or any council by-laws in relation to the keeping of bees. However, if the keeping of hives is causing a nuisance, council can direct you to stop the nuisance being caused, which may require you to remove the hives.

The Tasmanian Beekeepers Association’s “Urban Beekeeping Code of Practice” aims to ensure that the keeping of honey bees does not have a negative impact on people, property, domestic animals or native flora or fauna.  The code of practice can be found at  https://www.tasmanianbeekeepers.org.au/code-of-practice-for-urban-beekeeping-in-tasmania/.