Approval to keep livestock and large animals
You may require planning approval to keep livestock or any large animal (e.g. horse, pony, alpaca, sheep, cow or other large animal) on your property. Keeping livestock and large animals must comply with State and local requirements. In most cases, keeping livestock and large animals will require planning approval to determine how many animals you can keep to ensure natural features are protected and the land is appropriately managed.
How many animals you can keep is determined by factors such as your property size, zoning, soil type and recommended stocking rate. For example, keeping livestock is prohibited on any lot within the Rural-Residential Zone at a density exceeding the recommended stocking rate (as determined by the Department of Agriculture and Food).
Keeping livestock or large animals may be prohibited in some areas. For example, where keeping of animals contributes (or is likely to contribute) to erosion, pollution or degradation of land or where it is otherwise specifically excluded by the Local Planning Scheme.
Read more about the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Stocking Rate Guidelines for Small Rural Holdings.