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Keeping of Poultry
The City of Tshwane By-law for Keeping of Animals, Birds and Poultry ensures that the health of people and animals is preserved and that animals are properly looked after. Contact Municipal Health Services one-stop centre at 012 358 4656.
124. The provisions of sections 126(d), (f), (g) and 127(e), do not apply to any person keeping ten or less poultry.
125. No person may keep more than 10 poultry on an erf in a proclaimed township or 100 poultry on premises zoned for agricultural purposes except in terms of a permit authorising that activity.
Requirements for premises
No person may keep poultry in premises which do not comply with the following requirements:
In relation to a poultry house: (i) every wall must be constructed of brick, stone, concrete or other impervious material and must have a smooth internal surface; (ii) the floor must be constructed of concrete or other impervious material brought to a smooth finish; (iii) the upper floor of a two or more story structure must be constructed of an impervious and easily cleanable material; (iv) the minimum floor area must be – (aa) 0,20 m² for each grown fowl, duck, muscovy duck or guinea fowl; (bb) 0,5 m² for each grown goose, turkey or peacock; and (cc) 0, 14 m² for each grown pigeon; and (v) the minimum aggregate floor area must be 4 m²;
a poultry run, if provided, must be enclosed with wire mesh or other durable material: (c) in relation to a building or structure housing a battery system – (i) every wall, if provided, must be at least 2,4 m high, must be constructed of concrete, stone, brick or other impervious material and must have a smooth internal surface; (ii) if walls are provided, the building must be ventilated and lighted by means of mechanical ventilation and artificial lighting or by obtaining natural ventilation and light through openings or opening windows of an area not less than 15% of the floor area of the building or structure; (iii) the floor must be constructed of concrete or other impervious material brought to a smooth finish and if required by an environmental health officer, the floor surface must be graded and drained by means of a channel drained in terms of section 143; (iv) if no walls are provided, or the walls are made of metal, the floor must be provided with a curb at least 150 mm high around its edges; (v) the cages of the battery system must be made of an impervious material; and (vi) if required by an environmental health officer, a tray of an impervious material must be fitted under every cage for the collection of manure; (d) a water supply adequate for drinking and cleaning must be provided in or next to every poultry house and poultry run and in or next to a building or structure housing a battery system; (e) no poultry house, poultry run, or building or structure housing a battery system, may be constructed within 3 metres of – (i) any dwelling or other building or structure used for human habitation; and (ii) any place where foodstuffs are stored or prepared for human consumption; or (iii) the nearest boundary of any land; (f) feed must be stored in an adequate rodent-proof storeroom; (g) adequate washing facilities must be provided for the cleaning of the cages; (h) if required by an environmental health officer, due to the amount of manure stored on the premises awaiting removal, a storage area complying with the following requirements must be provided: (i) A roofed platform constructed of concrete or other impervious material; (ii) the platform’s outside edges must have a minimum curb of 100 mm high; (iii) the platform must be graded and drained in terms of section 143; and (iv) the roof of the platform must extend a minimum of 1 metre beyond the edges of the base of the platform.
Duties of keeper of poultry
Any person who keeps poultry must: (a) ensure that all poultry is kept within a poultry house, poultry run or building or structure housing a battery system; (b) maintain the premises and any equipment, apparatus, container or receptacle used in connection with keeping the poultry, in a clean, sanitary condition and in good repair; (c) maintain the premises and every poultry house, poultry run or building or structure housing a battery system and all cages clean and free from pests; (d) ensure that the poultry do not disturb or hinder the comfort, convenience, peace or quiet of the public; (e) provide portable manure storage receptacles of an impervious material and with close fitting lids and keep the manure storage receptacles on a platform; (f) remove all manure and other waste from a poultry house and poultry run at least once every 48 hours and once every four days from a building or structure housing a battery system; (g) place the manure and other waste matter in manure storage receptacles; (h) remove the contents of the manure storage receptacles from the premises at least once every seven days and dispose of the manure in a way which will not create a public health nuisance; and (i) take adequate measures to keep the premises free of flies, cockroaches and rodents and to prevent offensive odours arising from the keeping of poultry on the premises.