Keeping miniature animals

Residents may apply to keep one miniature pig or miniature horse in a residential area by seeking approval and maintaining an annual registration. The animal is to be kept confined to the property at all times. There are restrictions and requirements under the City’s Animals Local Law 1999 for keeping a miniature pig or miniature horse.

In addition, owners of a miniature pig or miniature horse are also required to register their animal with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Keeping a large animal such as a pig, horse, sheep, cow, deer, alpaca, goat or the like is prohibited in most areas of Joondalup.

View fees and charges.

Application requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of the sterilisation certificate
  • Copy of veterinary treatment for roundworm and tapeworm.

Lodging an application

You can lodge an application in the following ways:

Lodge an application online

  • Download an application form and submit it:
    • In person – by visiting the City’s Customer Service Centres
    • By post – City of Joondalup, PO Box 21, JOONDALUP  WA  6919.

Pigeons – application to keep pigeons

Residents wishing to keep pigeons in a residential area can apply by completing the form below. Further information is available in the article ‘Keeping Pigeons’.

Keeping of poultry

Poultry are defined as any domestic fowl or chicken, bantam, duck, goose or gander, guinea fowl, pheasant, turkey, peacock or peahen. The City’s Animals Local Law 1999 allows up to 12 poultry, including a maximum of two ducks, to be kept in a residential area. However, poultry must be kept in an enclosure that meets certain structural requirements and specifications, described in our Keeping of Poultry Fact Sheet.

A rooster, turkey, goose or gander, peacock or peahen cannot be kept in a residential area.

You may also wish to visit the Department of Agriculture and Food website for further information.

Keeping of pigeons

If you would like to keep pigeons on your property, you must apply to the City for a Certificate of Registration.

Unless approved prior to the City’s Animals Local Law 1999, pigeons may not be kept on a property of less than 600m2. For guidelines to keeping pigeons in the City, please refer to our Keeping of Pigeons fact sheet below.

There is a limit on the number of pigeons that may be kept:

  • A maximum of 20 pigeons (excluding young birds) if you are not a current financial member of a recognised incorporated racing pigeon body, or a registered pigeon fancier.
  • A maximum of 150 pigeons (excluding young birds) where evidence is provided that you are a current financial member of a recognised incorporated racing pigeon body, or evidence that you are a registered pigeon fancier.

If approval is granted, an annual permit fee will apply.

The City may impose and amend conditions on a Certificate of Registration as required, to minimise any nuisance associated with the keeping of pigeons.

Application requirements

  • Plans showing the location of the enclosure in relation to all dwellings, other buildings, structures and fences
  • Plans and specifications of the proposed loft
  • Proposed number of adult pigeons
  • Application fee, in accordance with the Environmental Health Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Lodging an application

Lodge an application online

Or download the application form and submit it:

  • In person – by visiting the Customer Service Centre, 90 Boas Ave Joondalup
  • By post – PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Development (Planning) Approval

Development (Planning) Approval may be required for pigeon cages, enclosures or lofts.

Building Permit Requirements

A Building Permit application may also be required. To confirm if a building permit is required, please place your request in writing to the City’s Building Services, outlining what is proposed.

Keeping of bees

The City’s Animals Local Law 1999 require any person wishing to keep bees, to first obtain written approval from the City. Bees can pose a significant risk to people who are allergic and the assessment of an application includes consultation with immediate neighbours.

In addition, owners of beehives are also required to register with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

View fees and charges.

Application requirements

  • A written or online application
  • Site plan indicating the location of the bee hives, sources of water and barriers that affect flight paths
  • Hive specifications
  • Application fee, in accordance with the Environmental Health Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Lodging an application

Lodge an application online

Or provide a written application and submit it:

  • In person – by visiting the Joondalup Customer Service Centre, 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup
  • By post – PO Box 21, JOONDALUP  WA  6919

Miniature animal – apply to keep a miniature animal

Residents wishing to keep a miniature pig or miniature horse in a residential area can apply by completing the form below. Further information is available in the article ‘Keeping Miniature Animals’.