Learn about how to keep backyard hens in the City.

Hen Keeping Licences are not issued in the winter.

Applicants are welcome to submit their Hen Keeping Licence application, go through the Development Permit Approval process, and start building their chicken coops and runs prior to the licences being approved in the spring.

  • The program enables residents to keep backyard hens.
  • The cap of 50 sites was lifted in May 2019.
  • All applications will now be processed.
  • Hen Keeping Licences are not issued from November to March.

  • If submitting an application from November to March, applicants are welcome to go through the Development Permit Approval process and start building chicken coops and runs prior to licences being approved in the spring.

  • Applicants will not be able to obtain their hens until the spring, once they have gone through the application process and both their development permit and licence have been approved.