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City Staff Recommends Making Backyard Chicken Licensing Program Permanent With A Few Changes

KAWARTHA LAKES-Following a review of current practices, regulations and consultation with our municipal partners and other external groups, city staff is recommending that the Backyard Chicken Licensing Program be adopted permanently, with a few changes.

In 2021, Council directed staff to amend the Animal Control By-law to remove chickens as a prohibited animal and to provide additional amendments to allow for backyard chickens in certain residential areas for a two-year pilot project. The pilot project concluded at the end of 2023.

The following changes have been recommended:

  • Increase the number of chickens permitted from four to ten
  • Remove the $50 per coop licensing fee
  • Reduce the minimum permitted property size from 0.5 acres to 0.25 acres

The report and recommendation was received by Council and will be brought forward for adoption at the next Regular Council meeting.

 

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