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Anyone wishing to keep backyard hens must first register with the Building & Licensing Division. This permit must be renewed annually.

Kingston residents are now permitted to keep up to six hens in their backyards provided they abide by the regulations outlined below. These regulations for keeping egg-laying hens were tested during an  pilot period. (June 2011 to November 2013) Council voted endorse the program and keep it in place long-term at it's November 5, 2013 meeting.

Applications to register for a hen coop permit must be submitted in person to the Licensing and Enforcement Division at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street.  Those considering keeping backyard hens will need to fully understand the applicable regulations and responsibilities.

Review the following documents to determine what's required by those keeping a hen coop:

Backyard Hens