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Livestock in the city and the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

On October 15, Council approved amendments to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006 to make it possible for individuals to apply for a permit to keep livestock as Emotional Support Animals within the city. The permit process will be implemented in early 2019 and more information will be posted at that time.

The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006​ prohibits citizens from keeping livestock in any area of the city except where keeping of livestock is allowed under the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007.​​ 

Farm animals kept in residential backyards or commercial spaces are generally inappropriate for a dense urban environment. Keeping such a​​nimals introduces problems into the neighbourhood such as noise, odors and pests attracted to the animal's food and hay. And an urban environment doesn't provide an ideal living space for farm animals.

In some circumstances, under the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007, livestock may be permitted if the area is zoned industrial, urban reserve, or agricultural. If you have specific concerns as to whether livestock is permitted on a particular property, contact Planning & Development​.​​​​​​