Cost: $50-$91 for a one-time development permit
*Note: additional building permits may be required in some circumstances.
To fulfil City of Edmonton licence and permit requirements, your application must include:
- Certificate of completion (or equivalent confirmation of completion) of an urban hen keeping course.
- Permission from the property owner. If you are not the owner of the property on which you plan to keep hens, please include a signed letter of permission from the property owner.
- Proof of neighbour notification must be included in order to receive an Urban Hen Keeping Licence. Please print off the required number of copies of neighbour notification letters and have each neighbour* sign one. Submit all signed letters as part of your application. If a neighbour refuses to sign, or cannot be reached, please indicate that on the letter. Please note the date when the letters were given out in your application.
*Neighbours are defined as the owner of each property abutting the applicant’s property, including those who live across a lane, but not across a street. In the case where neighbouring properties are apartment buildings, building managers are to receive the notification letter. Neighbour notification letter.
- Proposed hen breed and number of hens. You must keep a minimum of three hens and shall not exceed six hens per site. Roosters are not permitted.
- A site plan demonstrating compliance with the Zoning Bylaw and accurate property dimensions, including: the proposed location (or area if the coop is movable) and dimension of the chicken coop and run, setbacks from the property line as well as from any other structures/buildings on the property (including the distance between the house and coop, distance between the coop and garage, and any other structures on site). Sample site plan
- Standard setback requirements are outlined in the Zoning Bylaw. The Zoning Bylaw requires that an accessory structure be located:
- a minimum of 0.9m from a side property line,
- a minimum of 18.0m from a front property line,
- a minimum of 0.6m from the rear property line, and,
- a minimum of 0.9m from any other buildings on the site.
Our team will work with applicants to ensure that their proposal complies with both the Zoning Bylaw regulations and the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw. Staff can also assist with site plan revisions if needed.
If you have questions about the Zoning Bylaw regulations and/or Development Permit process for hen coops and runs, you can contact 311 and ask to speak to a Development Officer.
Edmonton Service Centre
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm
If you have questions about the Urban Hens Program, the Urban Hen Keeping Procedures and Guidelines, the status of your application, animal welfare, or complaints and concerns, please contact 311 and ask to speak to an Animal Control Officer.
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311