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Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Backyard Hens By-law

Posted on Thursday June 10, 2021

The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound Notice of a Complete Application and Electronic Public Meeting Concerning a Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - Z/21-07 – Backyard Hens (Town of Parry Sound) and Notice of a Specific Backyard Hens By-law


Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound will hold an electronic public meeting (via Zoom) on Tuesday July 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to consider a proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment under Section 34 of The Planning Act, as amended.   

The Town of Parry Sound is considering permitting ‘backyard hens’ on residential lots that meet the minimum standards. This would be a Town wide amendment and no keymap is required.

The specifics amedments proposed are:

Backyard Hens

Where Backyard Hens are permitted, a maximum of six hens shall be permitted in a screened, enclosed, predator proofed pen, subject to the following provisions:

a)  Backyard hens shall only be located in a rear yard.

b)  Backyard hens shall be a minimum of 2.5 metres from any lot lines.

c)  Backyard hens shall not be permitted on any lots adjacent or within 30 meters of a watercourse or a waterbody.

d)  Roosters are not permitted.

e)  Backyard hen’s enclosure shall be kept odour free and regularly maintained. 

f)  The hen’s enclosure shall be no larger than 10 square metres.

g)  Backyard hens, where permitted, shall only be permitted as an accessory use or structure to a single detached dwelling.

h)  Free roaming hens shall not be permitted.

i)  Compliance with all other relevant Town By-laws and legislation.

Backyard hens are only permitted on lots that are 809 square metres (0.2 ac) or more in size as an accessory use to an existing single detached dwelling.

Proposed to be permitted in the R1, R2, RR and RU zones.

To ensure that full public participation is possible and adhere to health and safety procedures considering COVID- 19, it is recommended that people submit comments in writing.  If this is not possible, a voice mail can be left with Taylor Elgie (705-746-2101 ext 223) and it will be provided to Council.  As a final option, if a person wishes to speak to Council at the electronic public meeting, please contact the Clerk at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting – members of the public will be responsible for their own technical requirements in this regard.


For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact, Taylor Elgie, (705) 746-2101 ext 223,