Keeping Backyard Chickens in Alberta and British Columbia


The point of this article is to list at least ten cities or towns that allow the keeping of backyard chickens in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia respectively.

Chickens in a backyard

Keeping Backyard Chickens in Alberta, Canada

The following Alberta cities allow residents to keep chickens in their backyards:

  • Calgary: Allows no more than four hens. License required
  • Edmonton: Requires a "Hen Keeping License" to keep hens
  • Red Deer: Allows a maximum of 4 chickens. Bans roosters
  • Airdrie: Allows a maximum of 4 hens per single family lot
  • Wood Buffalo: Allows a maximum of 6 hens
  • Grande Prairie: A permit is required to own up to 4 hens
  • St. Albert: A Backyard Hen License is required to keep hens
  • Rocky View County: Allows 20 chickens per every four acres
  • Lacombe: Allows 4 chickens on residential properties
  • Cold Lake: Allows no more than 4 hens per property
  • Leduc: A maximum of six hens is allowed

Keeping Backyard Chickens in British Columbia, Canada

The following cities in British Columbia permit the keeping of backyard chickens:
  • Vancouver: Allows a maximum of 4 backyard chickens (no roosters)
  • Surrey: Allows 4 hens per lot
  • Burnaby: Allows chickens in single-family dwellings
  • Richmond: Allows chickens under certain conditions
  • Saanich: Allows chickens on single-family residential properties
  • Delta: Permits backyard chickens on residential lots
  • Nanaimo: Allows no more than 6 chickens or ducks on properties less than 1 acre
  • Kamloops: Allows a maximum of five hens
  • Victoria: Allows a maximum of 15 poultry, including chickens, ducks, and geese
  • North Vancouver: Allows the keeping of up to 6 chickens. Bans roosters
  • Vernon: Allow up to four backyard hens
  • West Vancouver: A maximum of 6 chickens is allowed per lot. No roosters
  • West Kelowna: Up to 5 chickens are allowed on parcels greater than 400m2.
  • Penticton: A hen permit is required to keep backyard hens
  • Campbell River: Allows up to six hens on residential lots


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