Keeping other domestic animals

This page provides information about keeping other domestic animals in the City of Stirling.

Residents are permitted to own rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice - provided they are domestic breeds. The animals must be kept in a safe and secure enclosure which prevents them from escaping.

Large animals such as sheep, goats, pigs, alpacas, horses, deer, camels, llamas, emus, ostriches and kangaroos are not permitted in residential areas within the City. 

Bee keeping

Chickens, pigeons and bees

There are set regulations for residential properties around keeping chickens, pigeons and bees. Please review the details on each below for more information.

  • Residential properties may keep poultry under the following conditions:

    • A maximum of six chickens per property
    • Roosters are not permitted
    • Chickens must be kept in a clean, safe and secure enclosure which includes an impenetrable floor such as concrete or brick paving
    • Chickens must be kept at least 10 metres from a building where people live and work or where food is stored, prepared or manufactured
    • An enclosure must be at least one metre from any property boundary
    • Chickens must be kept at least 10 metres from a footpath, street or public place, with the exception of rights-of-way.
  • Residential properties may keep pigeons under the following conditions:

    • A maximum of 30 pigeons (unless the person is a member of a constituted pigeon club, in which case the maximum number of pigeons may be increased to 75)
    • Pigeons must be kept within a clean, safe and secure enclosure
    • An enclosure must be at least one metre from the property boundary
    • Pigeons must be kept at least 10 metres from a building where people live and work or where food is stored, prepared or manufactured
    • Pigeons must be kept at least 10 metres from a footpath, street or public place, with the exception of rights-of-way.
  • Beekeeping is permitted within the City of Stirling under the following conditions:

    • The beehive is at least 10 metres from any footpath, street or public place
    • The beehive is at least five metres from the property boundary
    • The beehive is screened or positioned to ensure that the bees do not create a nuisance or pose a threat to the public
    • Keeping three or more beehives requires a permit.

    Apply for a beekeeping permit

    If you intend to keep three or more beehives, please use the customer enquiry form and include a scanned copy of your beekeeping registration and a site plan showing the proposed location of the beehives.

    Customer enquiry form

    Beekeeping local law 2008