City of Bayswater residents will be able to keep up to nine chickens on lots smaller than 600 square metres and two beehives without approval from the City thanks to a proposed new local law.
In a bid to reduce red tape and promote biodiversity, the proposed Health Local Laws 2023 will enable residents to keep up to two beehives on a property without requiring written approval.
Budding beekeeping enthusiasts will not only benefit from fresh honey but know they are contributing to biodiversity thanks to the pollinating power of bees.
Changes under the new local law will also allow residents on lots smaller than 600 square metres to have up to nine poultry. Previously, residents could not keep poultry on properties smaller than 500 square metres.
Keeping chickens promotes sustainable living by providing eggs as a food source, organic manure to compost gardens and converts kitchen waste into chicken feed.
The new local law aims to provide for the regulation of issues that may affect public health or otherwise cause a nuisance within the City.
The proposed new Health Local Laws 2023 will come into effect following State Government approval and gazettal.
For more information on the proposed Health Local Law 2023, visit https://engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au/review-of-health-local-laws-2023