Poultry and livestock


The keeping of livestock on residential properties requires development approval as does animal husbandry and intensive animal keeping (such as kennels, broiler sheds, feedlots or similar). 

Most types of animals may be allowed to be kept on a premises as long as the applicable approvals, permits or registrations are in place.

Each application is assessed on its own merit and on a case by case situation before approval is given to keep specific types of animals.

Lodge an application

Pursuant to Schedule 3 of the Development Regulations 2008 – (under the Development Act 1993), 'the keeping of animals, birds, or other livestock (other than horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, donkeys and wild animals) solely for the domestic needs or enjoyment of the occupants of a dwelling (and land appurtenant to a dwelling) is exempt from requiring development approval from council’. 

Chickens, ducks and other fowl

Small numbers of poultry or other birds may be kept so long as they do not cause a nuisance.  This includes nuisance caused by excessive odour, dust, noise (especially from roosters), fly breeding, rats or mice.


Selling eggs is permitted as long as the egg producer is registered with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and complies. For further information, visit PIRSA. The sale of eggs requires notification of a Food Business and compliance with food safety laws: the egg food safety standard (Standard 4.2.5).


Keeping a rooster within your flock may create a nuisance noise for your neighbours. For this reason, we do not recommend roosters are kept in residential areas.

For further information regarding the keeping of roosters on your property, please refer to the RSPCA webpage


Horses are permitted on most beaches with 24 hour access during the winter months May to September inclusive with access between the hours of midnight and 9 am from October to April inclusive. 

Horse access is permitted on the following beaches:

  • Maslin Beach
  • Port Willunga
  • Aldinga Beach
  • Silver Sands
  • Sellicks Beach
  • Moana
  • Southport
  • Port Noarlunga
  • Christies Beach

Horse access is not permitted at the following locations:

  • O'Sullivan Beach boat ramp
  • Dog off-lead areas at Moana

You must clean up after your horse and failure to comply can lead to penalties under By-law 6 Foreshore(PDF, 3MB)

Goats, sheep, alpacas and other livestock

Properties, including rural, peri-urban and suburban properties who keep any sheep, cattle, pigs, deer, equines (horses, donkeys, mules), camels or camelids (alpacas and llamas) must have a Property Identification Code from Biosecurity SA. Further information is available at Primary Industries and Regions SA

Please note Development Regulations 2008 do not require a Development Application for the keeping of animals, birds, or other domestic animals solely for the domestic needs or enjoyment of the occupants of a dwelling (and land relating to a dwelling).

Non-domestic animals including but not limited to horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, donkeys and wild animals require a Development Application to be lodged with council. For further information, please contact our duty planning officer on 8384 0666.