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Horses are kept statewide in South Australia, with the most popular horse keeping system incorporated into small properties, where horses live outdoors all year around.

The Natural Resources Management Act 2004, Native Vegetation Act 1994 and the Environment Protection Act 1993 covers the responsility of land owners and their duty of care to prevent and protect soil and vegetation from damage.

The care of horses and the care of the land on which the horses live, is a focal area for property owners, property managers and agistees.  Properties keeping horses on them must consider the need for active pasture programs to prevent soil drift by wind erosion and appropriate weed control programs. Neglecting to do this will have an impact on the properties and also the adjoining properties.

Horse Keeping

As defined in the Development Regulations 2008, horse keeping means the keeping or husbandry of horses.

Horse keeping does not require development approval provided the following criteria is met:

  1. No more than one (1) horse is kept per three (3) hectares (7.4 acres) of land used for such purposes and;

  2. Horse/s are not fed by hand.

Stables and Association Structures

Construction of stable, horse shelters and associated yards requires development approval.

Other Useful Documents and Links

Horse Keeping and Stables Information Sheet

Further Information

To discuss your specific circumstances, please contact our office ph (08) 8828 1200 option 3.