Future Animal Bylaw

In February of 2021, we asked residents what they thought about keeping animals in our city - everything from cats to bees to chickens - what works, what doesn't and what you want us to regulate going forward. This survey is now closed and all of the great feedback we received is being compiled.
Future Animal Bylaw

Pets are important to Red Deerians, and The City wants to ensure the safety of not only those pets, but all residents. There have been discussions over the years about cats, and other pets that residents may have, or would consider keeping on their property. This public participation process is to hear from residents about what animals they would like The City to consider regulating, and garner feedback on implementing an animal bylaw.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is The City of Red Deer asking about a future animal bylaw for Red Deer?

Pets are important to Red Deerians, and The City wants to ensure the safety of not only those pets, but all residents. There have been discussions over the years about cats, and other pets that residents may have, or would consider keeping on their property. This public participation process was conducted in order to hear from residents about what animals they would like The City to consider regulating, and garner feedback on implementing an animal bylaw.

Don’t we already have a dog, cat and chicken bylaw?

Yes, in September 2009, a new dog bylaw came into place addressing aggressive dogs and the ownership of dogs in general. On July 7, 2014, Red Deer City Council approved a Chicken Bylaw to regulate and control the keeping of chickens on a property within an urban area. This Bylaw requires residents to apply for and maintain a Chicken License on an annual basis. The Cat Bylaw was created and implemented in 1996 and is in need of updating to cover current issues.

What are the next steps?

Now that we have gathered feedback on a potential animal bylaw, administration will review and use the thoughts and ideas of residents to build a draft bylaw for Councils review and approval. That will likely go forward later in 2021.

How will I know our ideas have been heard?

Once we have reviewed and complied all the great feedback we received from residents, The City will post a summary of that feedback here, and this feedback will also go with the draft bylaw to Red Deer City Council for review.

Will there be an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft bylaw?

Yes, once a draft bylaw is created, The City will bring it back for resident comment before it goes to Council. Exact method and timing for this has not been determined yet, but keep an eye on our website for more information.

For more information

Phone: 403-342-8111
Email: licensing@reddeer.ca