Guelph Bylaw Regulations

Guelph has had one of the longest standing bylaws, allowing backyard hens since 1985.  The bylaw did, however, require a 50 foot setback.  As of April 24, 2017, Guelph amended its bylaw in a unanimous vote (check out the Council Minutes here), opening up the number of homes that can keep backyard hens!

COW-PS-2017.03 Animal Control By-law Chicken Amendments Recommendation: 
1. That as detailed in Public Services Report #PS-17-04 Animal Control By-law chicken amendments, that staff be directed to create an amendment to the Animal Control By-law (2016)-20122 to permit residents that cannot facilitate a 15 metre (50 feet) distance for the keeping of poultry to keep chickens provided the following can be met: Hen coops and hen runs shall be a distance of at least 1.2m from the rear lot line and at least 1.2m from any side lot line of the dwelling lot on which the hen coop is located (meeting the setback requirements as per the zoning bylaw); Pens (includes hen coop and hen run) must be located the furthest from any other dwelling, and must be 1.2m away from any property line; Pens shall be located at least 7.5m from the lot line to any religious institution or business or school; Pens shall be a minimum distance of 3m from all windows and doors of dwellings that are located on an abutting property; April 24, 2017 Guelph City Council Meeting Page 4 Pens are not permitted in any front or side yard; That the maximum number of hens be limited to ten (10). 
2. That as detailed in Public Services Report #PS-17-04 Animal Control By-law chicken amendments, that staff be directed to create an amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw (2016)-20122 requiring food for poultry be stored in an animal proof secured container. 
3. That as detailed in Public Services Report #PS-17-04 Animal Control By-law chicken amendments, that staff be directed to create an amendment to the Animal Control By-law (2016)-20122 requiring that coop floors be lined with an appropriate material to absorb fecal matter and to facilitate cleaning. 
4. That as detailed in Public Services Report #PS-17-04 Animal Control By-law chicken amendments, that staff be directed to create an amendment to the Animal Control By-law (2016)-20122 requiring that residents keeping backyard chickens shall provide each hen with food, water, shelter, light, ventilation, appropriate substrate flooring, and provide opportunities for essential behaviours such as scratching, nesting, including but not limited to dustbathing, and roosting, to maintain each hen in good health and welfare. 
5. That as detailed in Public Services Report #PS-17-04 Animal Control By-law chicken amendments, that staff be directed to create an amendment to the Animal Control By-law (2016)-20122 prohibiting persons from killing a domestic animal on their property, except by a licenced vet or otherwise authorized by the City of Guelph.