Establishing or expanding a meat chicken operation in WA

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There are several key principles that must be considered when constructing a new, or expanding an existing, meat chicken operation in Western Australia

Design considerations

  • Community amenity. There is a separation distance calculation specific to meat chicken operations that should be used to determine the separation distance required between the operation and the nearest sensitive receptors.
  • Surface water protection. For indoor operations this is achieved by catching and containing wastewater from the operation, normally through the use of drains and ponds.
  • Groundwater protection. For indoor operations, constructing an impermeable liner under infrastructure is the most effective way to protect groundwater.
  • Clearing. If clearing is necessary in establishing or expanding a cattle feedlot, please visit the WA State Government website for more information.

Regulatory obligations

  • Meat chicken operations of any size need to seek planning approval through their Shire/City. To understand the requirements of planning approval for your shire, it is recommended that you speak to the Planning Officer (or CEO) as early as possible.

Industry guidelines and additional resources

Guidelines that should be considered when you are planning to establish or expand a chicken meat operation include:

Other resources that can assist include:

Key contacts

The following are valuable points of contact within the meat chicken industry:

For further information or advice, please contact Agribusiness Development at