Steps to Keeping Hens

Steps to Keeping Backyard Chickens

Please take the time to review the information below before getting your backyard hens.

Step 1 – Municipal Regulations

If you want to have backyard hens, you must get to know the relevant sections of the Animals Bylaw 8556 [PDF - 3 MB]. This bylaw sets out the rules and requirements for keeping backyard chickens, including:

  • maximum number of hens
  • size and location of chicken coops
  • other important details

Step 2 – Important Information: Hen Care

You must also review the following before registering your hens:

You need to register your coop with us.

  1. Download the registration form [PDF - 610 KB]
  2. Email your finished copy to