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Birds and poultry

From 1 January 2023, permission is required to keep either a rooster or peacock that is 2 months or older, as they are now considered to be prescribed animals. Applications prior to this date will still be accepted. More information on this can be found below under Keeping of prescribed animals - (By-Law no.7 Animal Management).

Council does not specifically limit the number of chickens or ducks, a resident may keep, as long as the conditions in which the birds are kept meet general health and hygiene standards and the birds do not become a nuisance to neighbours, e.g. by excessive noise or smell.

To assist residents in properly maintaining their poultry, Council has a brochure entitled Poultry Brochure which can be downloaded below or can also be collected from the Administration Centre at 245 Sturt Road, Sturt. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please phone the Council on:

Keeping of Prescribed Animals - By-Law no. 7 Animal Management (Roosters and Peacocks)

A prescribed animal is defined as meaning either a rooster or peacock that is 2 months or older.

Residents may apply to the City of Marion for permission to keep a prescribed animal. The application form below must be completed in full for it to be lodged and assessed.

A Community Safety Inspector will then investigate and inspect the property where the birds will be kept. The property will be inspected for the purpose of assessing the suitability of the premises to keep these animals.

The approval process may take up to 4 weeks.

The City of Marion will advise you of the decision in writing.

More information in relation to the By Law can be found below.

How do I lodge a complaint about a noisy bird?

Please be advised that all complaints must be initiated in writing.

It is important to understand that this form may be used as evidence in Court and therefore must be a true and accurate record.

Your information is kept confidential during the council investigation process.

Please see the form below for more detail.

The complaint form can be submitted to the City of Marion via one of the following methods:

Fax: 8375 6699
Post: PO Box 21 Park Holme South Australia 5043
In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047

For further information

Should you be unable to find an answer to any of your queries on this site, please contact:

City of Marion
Customer Service Centre

In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Post: PO Box 21 Park Holme South Australia 5043