Animal Control Bylaw

If you live in Strathcona County and are interested in keeping livestock or poultry on your property, the Animal Control Bylaw 18-2011 (564.1 KB) will apply to you.    

If you live in a rural setting

Strathcona County boasts a large country residential, and small holdings areas in which to raise livestock within the current regulations. People who would like to raise livestock are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities in these designated areas.

If you live in an urban setting

Over the past few years there has been a trend in North America towards introducing livestock into urban centres for a multitude of reasons including food production, companionship, therapeutic use or business ventures. One of the many reasons for the Animal Control Bylaw is to protect the environment, property and to ensure public health. 

The Urban Agriculture Strategy includes recommendations on the Animal Control Bylaw, keeping livestock in urban areas, and a proposed alternative pet bylaw. Learn more.

In May 2017, Strathcona County completed a review of local impacts of an urban chicken pilot program and determined it is not suitable for the needs of our specialized community.  Learn more. 

Is there an opportunity for an exception to the bylaw?

In order to maintain the integrity of the Animal Control Bylaw, exemptions are not possible. 

What is the Bylaw Enforcement Process?

 Information on the Bylaw Enforcement Process.

Further information:

Last updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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