Urban Hens

​We support sustainable, local food and urban agriculture initiatives that are based on healthy social and ecological relationships, a vibrant and equitable economic system, and support for educations and skills training. The Food and Urban Agriculture Plan (agriculture) was adopted in 2015 in response to community requests for sustainability goals and actions related to food security and urban agriculture.

Regulations for Owners of Urban Hens

To raise urban hens, you must live on the premises and be the property owner or have the property owner's permission. You must have:

  • a single-family or duplex lot that is a mimimum of 370 m2*
  • a fenced back yard (1.2 m minimum–2 m maximum height)
  • a regulation coop

*separate regulations exist for lots that are an acre or larger. See Animal Control Bylaw No.34-11 for specific details.

Details of hen possession:

  • minimum two, maximum five hens
  • no roosters (males) or chicks (less than three months old)

Self-registration is required and free of charge.

Register your Hens

Other Regulations

There can be no open feed on site. Feed must be in a dry, wildlife-resistant container. Storage of more than 180 L of manure is not permitted. There can be no slaughter on site.

Deceased hens are not acceptable in curbside garbage pickup. They must be either taken to the landfill for disposal, or taken to Animal Control at 1303 Mission Flats Road for cremation. View cremation rates and hours of operation.

Coop Regulations

In order to have healthy hens, you must provide a minimum 0.5 m2 per hen inside the coop, and a minimum 1 m2 per hen outside the coop. Both areas must be fully enclosed and covered. Each hen must have its own nesting box and roost. This provides the hens with humane living space.

You can protect your hens from predators and wildlife by ensuring good sight lines between your coop and your house, a well-built coop, and a sturdy fence.

The coop must be:

  • no bigger than 10m2 in total (including the inside and outside space)
  • in the backyard
  • a minimum of 1 m from property lines
  • a minimum of 3 m from any doors or windows of dwellings
  • no taller than 2 m from average grade
What You Need to Know
  1. Learn About Hens - Research the needs, lives, and care of hens and eggs. Do as much research as you can!

  2. Understand Regulations - Review the City of Kamloops information, including this web page and Animal Control Bylaw.

  3. Register With The City - Self-registration is required and free of charge. Complete the online Registration Form.

  4. Build Your Coop - To have healthy hens you must have at least 0.5 m² per hen inside the coop, and a minimum 1 m² per hen outside the coop with both areas fully enclosed and covered; each hen must have their own nesting box and roost. The coop must be no bigger than 10 m² and must be in the backyard. Setbacks for the coop in the back yard are 1 m from side and rear property lines and 3 m from the dwelling unit. See bylaw for specific details.

  5. Gather Supplies - Buy your feed, dishes for feed and water, pine shavings for the coop floor, and straw for the nest boxes.

  6. Get Hens - Buy hens from a reputable dealer or have a friend gift them to you. (2-5 hens older than 3 months, no roosters)

  7. Harvest Eggs - Urban hens are for the enjoyment of the person or family living on the premises. No one is allowed to sell the eggs, meat, or manure.

  8. Care for Them - Hens need attention and care including fresh water, healthy food, and a clean and well maintained coop that is free from manure, smells, and pests.

  9. Keep Feed Secure & Locked - Feed can attact pests so be sure to keep all feed in closed containers that are wildlife resistant and dry. See WildsafeBC more information.

  10. Protect Hens From Pests & Predators - Predators such as bears, raptors, and cougars must be kept away from your hens; you may want to consider electric fencing to reduce attracting predators. See WildsafeBC for information and tips.

  11. Properly Dispose of Deceased Hens - The average life span of a chicken is around eight years, but can range from four to eleven years. When they die, must either take them to Animal Control at 1303 Mission Flats Road for cremation or to the landfil. Do not dispose of chickens on your property or in the garbage pickup. If you wish to get rid of live hens, contact local farmers and suppliers.

Other Resources

For educational inquiries, please contact foodsecurity@kamloops.ca or 250-828-3850.

For animal control issues and inquiries, please contact communityservices@kamloops.ca or 250-828-3409.