Urban Hen keeping within the Village of Spring Lake is regulated under the Urban Hen Keeping Bylaw #394. Please complete the following form and submit the application, with supporting documents to the Village of Spring Lake located at 990 Bauer Ave or via email at villageoffice@springlakealberta.com.



Bylaw to regulate the keeping of Urban Hen Keeping in the Village of Spring Lake.

Apply for a Hen License Application

Apply for your Hen License and pay the non-refundable license fee. Hen License is required for keeping a hen(s) in the Village of Spring Lake for one (1) year following the date of approval. Please complete the application form and provide required supporting documents.

Supporting documents required:

  • Property Owner Consent
  • Name, address, email address, and phone number
  • Yard Information, Chicken Coop Drawing Plans & Location
  • Training requirement, Copy of certificate, Session location, Session date, and Certification number
  • Premises Identification Program (PID) number
  • Terms and Conditions

Notify neighbours

Prior to submitting an application, every hen keeping applicant must notify their adjoining neighbours with a Urban Hen neighbour acknowledgment letter. Adjoining Neighbour means an owner or occupant of a property that is contiguous to a parcel along a common property line and where the parcel is a corner lot, includes an owner or occupant of a property that is adjacent to the parcel across a rear lane, but not across a street.

This requirement is a notification to neighbours, not a request for permission.  

  • Please print off the required number of copies of neighbour notification letters.
  • Please note the date and addresses on copies of the letters that were given out in your application. We do not require that the letters be signed.

TIP: Leave a letter on your Neighbour’s door and take a photo for record keeping.


Obtain a PID

Obtain a Provincial Premise ID (PID). The Province of Alberta requires all owners of poultry (including small urban flocks) to register their flocks into the provincial database and obtain a PID. 

Hen Keeping General Regulations

  • Hen keeping is permitted under and in accordance with bylaw 394.
  • This bylaw 394 applies to the activiity of Hen keeping for personal use only. The commercial sale of Hens or Hen products is not permitted.
  • This bylaw 394 enables the keeping of Hens within confines of fenced property and does not permit Hens to be sheltered within a residential dwelling unit.
  • Roosters are not permitted.
  • No person shall keep a Hen or Hens, on a parcel in a single-family residential zone, having an area less than 557.42sq.m. (6,000 sq.ft).
  • This bylaw 394 does not exempt a person from complying with any Federal or Provincial law or regulation, other Village bylaw, or any requirement of any lawful permit, order, or license.

Coop and Coop Run Requirements for Hen Keeping

  • A Coop and Coop Run are only permitted within a fenced rear yard of a residential property.
  • A Coop and Coop Run must be located at grade level, but not over a utility right-of-way.
  • A minimum Coop indoor floor area of 0.37 sq. m. (4 sq. ft).
  • The indoor floor area of a Coop shall not exceed 9.29 sq. m (100 sq. ft).
  • The Coop shall not exceed 2.5 m (8.0 ft) in height.
  • The minimum Coop Run outdoor area of 0.93 sq. m. (10 sq. ft) per Hen is required but shall not exceed 9.29 sq. m (100 sq.ft).
  • A Coop must contain a minimum of one (1) Nest Box for every (2) hens.
  • Coops and Coop Runs are to be located: (a) a minimum of 4.57m (15 ft) from all property lines.
  • The maximum lot coverage of all structures on a property, including a Coop, must comply with the Land Use Bylaw.
  • A maximum of (1) Coop and (1) Coop Run is permitted on one (1) parcel of residential land.
  • The Licensing Authority has the authority to impose additional site-specific conditions.

Provincial registration and disease prevention

  • The license holder must comply with all Provincial regulations around the keeping of hens as outlined by the Animal Health Act.
  • The Province of Alberta requires all owners of poultry (including small urban flocks) to register their flocks into the provincial database and obtain a Premise Identification (PID) Number. The PID enables the province to keep track of livestock site locations in case of potential disease outbreak.
  • The Province will maintain communication with site owners should any information or incidents occur that would require site owners to take action. Additionally, if any disease outbreaks occur, applicants must immediately notify the Village of Spring Lake and provide the details of the outbreak and the steps taken to rectify the issue.


Complete Course

Complete a Hen Keeping Course that is approved by the Village of Spring Lake.

Hen Keeping Courses

The following organizations offer hen keeping courses:

Alberta Farm Animal Care works to ensure farm animals in Alberta are respected, well-cared for and experience a high state of welfare. Visit AFAC's website for hen keeping courses and educational information.

River City Chickens is an informal group of citizens who support responsible hen care in urban environments. For more information and hen keeping course, visit their website.

Morinville Public School Learning Farm offers a course called Urban Chicken Raising.

More resources

About small flock poultry
Resources and information on best husbandry practices, regulations and disease prevention tips for backyard and urban chicken owners from the Government of Alberta.

Raising chickens in Alberta: a guide for small flock owners
This guide from Government of Alberta is intended for small flock, backyard and urban chicken owners. Some of the topics covered in the guide include: regulations; basic chicken needs; chicken house design and sanitation; egg management; meat processing; appropriate behaviours in chickens; care of chicks; and care of chickens during the winter.

How to prevent and detect disease in backyard flocks and pet birds
Diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza and velogenic Newcastle disease can cause serious illness and death in many bird species. Fortunately, you can protect your birds and keep them healthy. Learn five basic rules in the day-to-day care of your birds from the Government of Canada.

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