I’ve finally finished writing a letter to Castlegar City Council, requesting an amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw to allow Goats and Chickens in Urban Areas.


To sum up the recommendations in the letter, I wrote…

It is my suggestion that council amend the Zoning and Animal Control Bylaws to permit the following:

  1. Hens to be permitted in residential zoned lands as pets and for local food production
  2. Miniature goats to be permitted as pets and local food production in residential areas, and subject to similar rules and regulations as dogs in reference to licensing and the use of fences and leashes as appropriate.
  3. Agriculture to be further defined to permit hens and miniature goats in residential zones as pets and for local food production.

This should come up at the next regular meeting of council and if it is deemed to have some merit would likely go to a planning and development committee meeting.

You can download the pdf here – urban-animals.

I’d also like to thank Mammacomic for the inspiration and template of a letter that she’s written to the City of Calgary.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

2 replies on “The Case for Urban Chickens and Goats”

  1. Where is the pdf of the template? I couldn’t find it!! I was hoping I could use it as a template as I am going to approach Trail city council for permission to get a sheep for milk (it’s less allergenic than goat or cow, tastier imo & sheep are much more docile than goats) I have heard they allowed someone to keep a pet pig … So i think it’s worth a try, but help with wording would be much appreciated!! Thank you, much! Gisele

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