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First reading of proposed amendments to Red Deer’s chicken bylaw passed by City Council

April 2, 2024 2:29 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

City Council approved first reading to proposed amendments to Red Deer’s Chicken Bylaw at today’s regular meeting.

The proposed amendments include:

  • removal of the cap on the total number of licenses in the city, which currently sits at 102 (based on the population) and has a waitlist of 140;
  • increased fee for Chicken Licences from $27 to $36.15 per licence; and
  • addition of a schedule for fines and penalties to ensure the proper tools are in place to address nuisance concerns if needed, though there have been few complaints regarding urban chickens.

One licence is permitted per household and the limit of four hens per licence will remain in place. 

In the absence of a holistic Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, which would address dogs, cats, chickens and other types of animals, these immediate changes to the Chicken Bylaw will address public feedback and stakeholder consultation while offering community benefit with low operational impact. The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw implementation is paused until The City’s next budget approval process due to its financial implications.

Second and third readings for the proposed amendments are scheduled for the next regular City Council meeting, April 15, 2024.

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