On June 21, 2021, Council passed the Hen Bylaw #11-2021 that allows for hen keeping and outlines the regulations required to be a hen keeper in the Town of Legal. Here you will find information and details about keeping backyard hens.
Hen Bylaw #11-2021 requires that every owner of an urban hen(s) within the Town of Legal acquire a Hen License.
To apply for a hen license, please complete the application forms listed below and return them to the Town Office
Completed forms must be delivered to the Town Office by:
|Yearly license for Urban Hens||$60.00|
The cost of building a hen coop depends on how you source materials. A coop may also be purchased already built. When building a coop, ensure that it works for all seasons, and provides adequate ventilation and insulation throughout the year. The hen coop must be built in accordance with the Hen Bylaw, and Town of Legal Land Use Bylaw.
Under the Alberta Safety Codes Act and Permit Regulations, and to ensure proper set up of your hen coop and safety of hens, an Electrical Permit is required to install, alter, or add to an electrical system. This applies to all residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional installations, which include the installation of a heat lamp, light fixture, or any other type of electrical components in a hen coop.
If you plan to install electrical fixtures in your hen coop, please visit the Building Permits and Inspections page for more information on the application process for an Electrical Permit.