Are there any restrictions on keeping pigs in the garden?

There are no local by-laws preventing any one from keeping pigs but you may find the points below useful before making your decision.

Many properties have covenants to prevent you keeping pigs and other livestock. If you rent your property check with your landlord.

Food and water left out for livestock is likely to attract vermin such as rats and mice. Animal houses may also provide shelter for rats and mice. Environmental Health can take action against the landowner to eradicate any infestation.

In warm weather poorly kept pigs can result in unpleasant odours and attract flies, which may become a nuisance to your neighbours. If this is proven the Environmental Protection Team will require you to take steps to avoid causing nuisance.

Pigs like to communicate with each other and such noise can become a nuisance to your neighbours. If this is proven the Environmental Protection Team will require you to take steps to avoid causing nuisance.

Animal housing, depending on size, may require planning permission.

Under The Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is against the law to be cruel to an animal and you must ensure that the welfare needs of your animals are met.

Defra has published a new guide for pig keepers which includes advice about movements and identification and takes account of the recent changes to these rules.

Also, a new general movement licence for the movement of pigs is now available on the Defra website, along with various annexes.

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