March 2017 News Archive

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Urban chicken cap increases in Red Deer

March 21, 2017 9:56 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deer City Council has approved final reading to an amendment to the Chicken Bylaw, which increases the overall number of chicken licenses allowed across the city.

With the new amendment, the bylaw now allows for a cap of 100 chicken licenses in Red Deer or 1 per 1,000 people, up from the previous 67 licenses or 1 per 1,500 people. There are no further changes to the bylaw, including the number of chickens allowed per household – that remains at a maximum of four chickens and no roosters per household.

Council had asked for information about the locations of the households with chicken licenses; however, there appears to be no concentration of license holders in one particular area.

The Chicken Bylaw was adopted in July 2014. Since then, increasing demand for licenses has continually exceeded supply. More than 30 applicants on the waitlist for a chicken license will now be able to receive one.

The City has received fewer than five complaints due to chickens, all of which were successfully resolved through educating licensees.

Applications are available online at or in person on the third floor of City Hall.

For more information, please contact:      

Erin Stuart                                                                            
Inspections & Licensing Manager           
The City of Red Deer                                                         

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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