Something to crow about: City of Gosnells passes new Public Health Law outlining laws for animals on property

Something to crow about: City of Gosnells passes new Public Health Law outlining laws for animals on property

CITY of Gosnells has passed its Public Health Law 2017 following community input.

Councillors passed the law with the required absolute majority, which streamlined applications and clarified requirements for residents who wished to keep bees, birds, poultry or farm animals.

It also included provisions for pest control, refused and disused material disposal and fertilisers and compost storage.

Upon public consultation, the City amended some of the clauses initially proposed when they advertised the law in July.

People who own bees will be able to keep them indoors, provided they are kept at least 9m from any building on an adjoining lot.

The initial draft required bees to be kept outdoors.

There is also increased clarity on the laws regarding bird ownership, as the City currently allows people to keep poultry and pigeons in a residential zone.

However, the City confirmed roosters, geese, ganders, turkeys, peacocks and peahens, which are classified as poultry, would not be allowed to be kept in a residential zone.

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