To ensure consistency, all applicants will:
Read the City of Edmonton’s online Urban Hen Keeping Procedures and Guidelines.
Complete an urban hen keeping course that is approved by the City of Edmonton. It is also recommended that for the first year each site have support and assistance from a recognized mentor.
- Prior to submitting an application, every hen keeping applicant must notify their neighbours. Neighbours are defined as those living in adjacent properties abutting to the applicant’s property or those they share a property line with. In the case where neighbouring properties are apartment buildings or businesses, building managers and business owners are to receive the notification letter. This requirement is a notification to neighbours, not a request for permission. Your neighbours have two weeks to respond to the City of Edmonton with any concerns after receiving the letter.
- Please print off the required number of copies of neighbour notification letters.
- Please note the date and addresses on copies of the letters that were given out in your application. We do not require that the letters be signed.
- Please do not submit your online application until you have given your neighbours two weeks to respond to the letter from the date it was sent.
Obtain a Provincial Premise ID (PID). The Province of Alberta requires all owners of poultry (including small urban flocks) to register their flocks into the provincial database and obtain a PID.
Apply for your hen keeping licence. Applicants will be required to submit a site plan showing the actual dimensions of the rear yard of the property and the proposed location and dimensions of the chicken coop and run.
After an applicant’s hen keeping application has been processed and is complete, their application will be sent to development review. They will be required to apply for an Urban Garden Permit and an Residential Electrical Permit if they plan on hardwiring electrical into their coop.
Applicants will be issued a licence after they have received development approval to build their coop.
Set up the site in accordance with the submitted site plan and the Urban Hen Keeping Procedures and Guidelines.