Ostriches and emus

The table below shows how many Ostriches / Emus you can have on your property.

Property Size (square meters)

Number of animals allowed

0 to 4,000



Up to 3 with Animal keeping approval


To apply for an Animal keeping approval, please see Animal keeping local laws and permits.

You may need a development approval if you want to keep more ostriches and emus than an animal keeping approval allows. For more information please see Development in Logan.

Enclosure requirements

Preventing your animals from wandering is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. Enclosures should be in a clean and tidy condition at all times.

Enclosures must not be:

  • within 30 metres of a neighbouring dwelling
  • within 2 metres of the boundary of the property

General requirements

As a responsible pet owner, you must make sure keeping the animals does not cause:

  • a build-up of animal faeces
  • breeding or harbouring of flies or vermin
  • damage to property
  • harm to human health or safety
  • nuisance
  • disruption to a neighbour’s enjoyment

For more information about Animal Keeping Local Laws, please visit Local Law No. 4 (Animal Management) 2002, or Subordinate Local Law No. 4.1 (Animal Management) 2002 (PDF 474 KB).

Other bird types

Find out more about your responsibilities for the keeping of other bird types: