​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You can keep up to two hens in​ a backyard coop by completing an application.

​​Application Form​​​

If you wish to keep more than two hens, you must obtain a licence from the City Clerks Office by submitting an application​ or by visitin​g the City of Brampton Online services for Business Licensing.​

Chicken coop regulations​

Chicken coops must be:

  • 8 metres away from any dwelling, school, store or shop, except where such dwelling or building is occupied exclusively by the property owner or keeper of the Animals and other persons residing in the same dwelling unit, and at least 2m away from rear or side yard lot lines
  • In compliance with the Brampton Zoning By-law
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 Keep your birds safe


Follow these tips to protect your backyard chickens from the bird flu:

  • prevent contact with wild birds and other animals
  • frequently clean poultry coops, waterers, feeders, your clothing and your boots
  • spot the signs of Avian Influenza and report early to a veterinarian or the  Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • limit exposure to visitors​
  • separate birds, their water and food from wild birds

Learn more on the CFIA's website​

 Avian Influenza (bird flu)


Avian Influenza, commonly known as the bird flu, is a viral infection that spreads easily and quickly among birds. This virus can affect several species of food-producing birds (chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea fowl, etc.), as well as pet and wild birds.

Signs and symptoms

Infected birds may show one or more of the following signs:

  • lack of energy, movement or appetite
  • decreased egg production
  • swelling around the head, neck and eyes
  • coughing, gasping for air or sneezing
  • nervous signs, tremors or lack of coordination
  • diarrhea
  • sudden death