Managing the environmental impact of piggeries

Keeping pigs in a piggery means your business must comply with several laws covering environmental impacts such as odour, noise, dust, traffic and effluent and waste disposal.

Pig keeping is classed as an environmentally relevant activity (ERA) under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2019 (Qld).

If you have more than 400 standard pig units, you need a development permit from your local council and an environmental authority (EA) that authorises you to conduct an ERA (including environmental management requirements).

Before establishing or buying a piggery, you should investigate your legal obligations to protect the environment.

This guide provides an overview of the laws and regulations that control the environmental impacts of a piggery, as well as techniques and tools you can use to manage and monitor the environmental impact of piggeries.