City of Karratha

Keeping of animals

Poultry and birds

Poultry is defined as any domestic fowl or chickens, bantams, ducks, guinea fowl and pheasants. The City’s Animals, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2012 allows up to 12 poultry to be kept in a residential area and sets out specific rules around the keeping of poultry.  It is important to note that a rooster, turkey, goose or gander, peacock or peahen may not be kept in a residential area.

Please visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website for detailed information about keeping backyard chickens. 

Bee keeping

The City’s Animals, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2012 requires any person wishing to keep bees to obtain written approval from the City.  Approval is subject to compliance with conditions in the Local Law and the support of surrounding residents.  The following steps are involved to apply for approval to keep bees: 

  1. The applicant emails detailed information about the beekeeping activity including a site plan showing the location of hives and water sources.
  2. The City distributes survey forms to surrounding residences providing a response timeframe of two weeks from the date of the letter.
  3. The City issues the applicant with a letter of approval or refusal provided the beehive is registered with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, please visit their website for detailed information about becoming a beekeeper in Western Australia. 

It is important to note that factors assessed for approval to keep bees are subject to change.  The conditions on approvals can be varied or approvals can be cancelled if there are reasonable grounds to warrant variation or cancellation.  Person(s) with severe allergic reaction to bee stings living in close proximity to the bee keeping activity would provide sufficient grounds to cancel an approval.  For this reason, it is recommended that beekeepers do not outlay too much money and keep their set-up simple.

If you decide to package and sell honey you will need to go through a planning application for a home occupation, apply for food business registration and meet requirements for a food manufacturing business. You can find out more information on the food safety section of the City’s website here.

Miniature animals

The City’s Animals, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2012 requires any person wishing to keep miniature animals to obtain written approval from the City.  Approval is subject to compliance with conditions in the Local Law and allows for one miniature animal to be kept.  Keeping a large animal such as a pig, horse, sheep, cow, deer, alpaca, goat or the like is prohibited in residential areas.

Owners are also required to register their animal with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, please visit their website for detailed information about registration of livestock ownership in Western Australia.