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Backyard Chicken Coop Project


The Backyard Chicken Coop Project is a Council directed pilot project that will last two years. The two-year pilot project will allow for chicken coops in residential areas under certain conditions and restrictions with a maximum of four chickens at any one time. A maximum of 50 licenses will be issued each year during this pilot project.

Following direction from Council, staff updated the Kawartha Lakes Animal Bylaw to allow for the pilot project to proceed. The Bylaw provides the guidelines for the program and the Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing Division will review, monitor and manage the applications and licensing.

Instructions to applicant:

  • The applicant must complete all sections of this form
  • This application form is to confirm your eligibility for a licence and not all applicants will be approved. Once submitted, the completed form will be reviewed by the Municipal Licensing Office along with all supporting documents listed within the application. If eligible, staff from the Municipal Licensing Office will be in touch with you.
  • The $50 licensing fee, as outlined within the Kawartha Lakes Fees By Law, must be submitted to the Municipal Licensing Office to acquire a licence. If your application is approved, staff will contact you to collect and process the payment.

Contact Information

Applicant Information

Please submit the following documentation:


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An appropriate setback from any property line will be in accordance to the individual zoning by-law, an example to consider is 1.25 metres or approximately 4 feet.


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Please complete the Neighbour Notification form here.


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I, the undersigned, agree that I shall at all times indemnify and save harmless the Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes, its employees and Members of Council from and against any and all manner of claims, demands, losses, actions and other proceedings whatsoever made or brought against, suffered by, or imposed on the City in respect of any loss, damage or injury to any person or property, which are occasioned by or attributable to the issuance of this license or operation of this Backyard Chicken Coop.


I, the undersigned, do solemnly declare that all information provided in and with this application is factual and correct and agree to abide by and adhere to all relevant by-laws, rules and regulations, matters and things as are, or may be enacted by the City of Kawartha Lakes, and to any applicable federal or provincial legislation or regulation in effect, enacted, or amended, from time to time, and make this solemn declaration conscientiously knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath and agree to the release of any information, which is deemed pertinent in the granting of this application.  I, the undersigned also understand that by submitting this completed application form that it does not establish approval or permission to proceed with the installation of a backyard chicken coop until authorization is granted.


Personal information contained on this form is collected pursuant to The Municipal Act, 2001, and will be used for the purpose of responding to your request. Questions about the collection of this information should be directed to the Deputy-Clerk at



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