Kitchener Bylaw Regulations

If you want to keep backyard chickens in Kitchener, certain regulations must be followed.  Please check the City of Kitchener Urban Chicken Bylaw below: 

  • Maximum of 4 chickens
  • No Roosters
  • Sales   of   eggs,   manure   and   other   products   associated   with   the   keeping   of chickens are not allowed
  • Home slaughter of chickens is not allowed
  • An application must be submitted to the City prior to obtaining chickens a one-time fee of $50 to cover the cost of processing the application and the Officer"s time inspecting the property to ensure compliance
  • Inspection of the property must occur prior to approval for chickens to ensure setbacks and proper construction of coop
  • Chickens must be kept in an enclosed run when not in their coop
  • Chickens must be contained on owners property at all times
  • Chickens must be banded with owner contact information
  • Owner of chickens must reside on the property where they are kept
  • Rental properties - written permission from the owner must be obtained
  • All   other   by-laws   will   still   apply,   for   example,   noise,   animal   regulations, lot maintenance, property standards.


Setback Regulations:

  • 1.2m from rear lot line
  • 2.5m from a side lot line
  • 2.5m from a rear lot line abutting a side yard
  • Chicken coops are not permitted in a front yard
  • Existing sheds/garages can be used for the hen house, only the portion actually used to house hens shall be required to meet the setback requirements.  
  • Runs and exterior portions of the coop must meet the setback regulations
  • Multi-residential   properties   such   as   apartments   are   not   permitted   to   have chickens
  • If the 2.5m setback cannot be achieved, written permission shall be supplied to By-law Enforcement   by   all   owners   and   all   adult occupants   of   the   adjoining property, the placement of the coop will be permitted based on written consent.
  • An owner or adult occupant of an adjoining property may withdraw consent to the placement of a hen coop or run that is closer to their property than the required 2.5m setback, if they notify the City in writing.  The owner will have to remove or relocate the  coop within  a  permitted area by the later of November 1 of  that calendar year or six (6) months following the date of notification being given.


Coop Regulations and Sanitation:

  • Coop must provide protection from weather and be adequately ventilated
  • The floor must be constructed of a material that is resistant to moisture, mold, retain heat in the cold weather and exclude rodents and predators 
  • The floors must be lined with shavings, straw or other appropriate materials to absorb manure and facilitate cleaning
  • Chicken boxes and a perch must be provided to accommodate all hens
  • Dust bath area must be provided (helps control mites)
  • The coop   must  be  maintained in a clean condition   and  shall be kept  free   of odours
  • The coop must be deep cleaned 2- 3 times a year which includes disinfecting of troughs, perches and nests
  • Feeders   and   water   containers   must   be   provided,   cleaned   regularly   and disinfected
  • Feed   must   be   stored   in   rodent   proof   containers  and   secured   at   all   times   to prevent rodents and other animals from accessing it
  • Manure   must   be   cleaned   out   daily   and   stored   in   a   secured   container   or composter in accordance with compost regulations
  • Deceased chickens must be disposed of at a livestock disposal facility or through the services of a veterinarian, or through a facility as approved by the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

If you have any questions regarding these regulations, or are looking for an Application, contact the bylaw office at 519-741-2200 Ext. 7952.