Urban chicken bylaw


The city's bylaw governing the keeping of fowl in non-agricultural areas of the city was approved by council in November of 2016. Citizens in Kitchener are now able to keep up to four chickens in backyard coops.

Residents interested in having chicken coops are required to pay a one time $50 registration fee, and an inspection of the property to ensure it complies with all setback and coop requirements.

Chicken coop requirements 

Chicken coops are to be located 2.5 metres from the side lot line. In the event that a property doesn't meet the 2.5 metre requirement, a coop can be built even closer to the side lot line, if all immediately adjacent neighbours agree. Review these and other regulations that apply to the Urban Chicken Bylaw.

Register your chicken coop


Engagement on a review of the bylaw saw significant public interest, with more than 1,800 people responding to an online survey. Nearly 90 per cent of respondents were in favour of allowing backyard chickens.

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