Hen  on grass with fence in the backyard

Backyard hens

To help you get involved in your own food production, backyard hens may be kept in your own backyard. Ensure you:

What's happeningAnnual permits begin in 2022

Beginning January 1, 2022, all residents with backyard hens will need to renew their backyard hen permit annually. This will help us track where hens are located in the city so that you can be reached and notified in the case of a disease outbreak.

Permits and renewals are free of charge and take just a few minutes to complete. Permits must be renewed by January 15, each year.

Apply for your new permit Renew your existing permit 
 

Steps to keeping backyard hens

Raising other animals for meat, fibre, milk, eggs, or other products (animal husbandry) is not currently permitted in the City of Vancouver.

Asking questions or reporting concerns

Ask a question or report a concern online

Contact the Food Policy team

For questions on supporting the local food system, contact the Food Policy team at foodpolicy@vancouver.ca.