Livestock

If you live in Strathcona County and are interested in keeping livestock or poultry on your property, the Animal Control Bylaw may apply to you.    

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The Animal Control Bylaw applies to specific land use districts. Land use designation information is available on the Land Use Bylaw Rural Map, which you may refer to below: 

Land Use Bylaw Rural Map 

The Animal Control Bylaw applies to the following land use: 

  • Future Development (AD) where the parcel is within the boundary of a hamlet and the parcel is smaller than 10 hectares (24.7 ac.) in area. 
  • Country Residential (RC)
  • Rural Residential/Agriculture (RA) where the parcel is smaller than 8 hectares (20 ac.) in area. 

The number of livestock or poultry allowed under the Animal Control Bylaw is as follows:

  • One (1) large animal per acre (40 lbs. and over) - bison, horse, cattle, swine, donkey, mule, oxen or large controlled animal or wildlife.
  • Two (2) medium animals per acre (20 - 40 lbs.) - sheep, goats, or medium controlled animal and wildlife.
  • Twenty (20) small animals per acre (less than 20 lbs.) - poultry or small controlled animal and wildlife.

If a landowner would like to raise additional animals above the allowable limits, you must apply for an Animal Over-limit Permit.

The following lands are exempt under the Animal Control Bylaw:

  • Agriculture:  Future Development (AD) where a parcel of land is not within the boundary of a hamlet.
  • Agriculture:  Future Development (AD) where a parcel of land is within the boundary of a hamlet and the parcel is greater than or equal to 10 hectares (24.7 ac.) in area.
  • Agriculture:  General (AG)
  • Agriculture:  River Valley (AR)
  • Agri-business (IA)
  • Heavy Industrial (IH)
  • Medium Industrial (IM)
  • Rural Residential/Agriculture (RA) where a parcel of land is greater than or equal to 8 hectares (20 ac.) in area.   

Further Information:

County Connect

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Last updated: Friday, October 15, 2021
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