You are required to get a hen registration permit before you purchase hens for your property.

Registrations must be renewed annually.

This program is for a three-year trial basis beginning January 2021. A maximum of 30 permits will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Please review Hen By-law 2020-061 for full details about the rules and regulations around keeping hens.

Who Can Keep Hens?

  • You may keep 1-3 hens on your property if you live in a semi-detached or detached dwelling in an approved location within Orangeville. 
  • If you are a tenant, the property owner must also complete the Property Owner Permission Form, to be submitted with your application.
  • Approved locations are pre-determined by the Town.
  • Please note: The hen restriction map is viewable in the application.


Initial and renewal registration fee is $110.00

Some Regulations:

  • Applicant's property must not be in a Wellhead Protection Area where the vulnerability score is 10.
  • Roosters are not permitted.
  • The hen must be kept in the hen coop at all times and the hen coop roof and door must be locked between 9:00 p.m. one day and 6:00 a.m. of the following day.
  • An applicant must reside at the property where the hen is kept.
  • A permit will not be issued where the lot is located within 15 metres of a lot with a church or school.

View the Hen Registration Checklist and the Summary of Additional Regulations to see what will be required for applicants.

More Information:

Check out the Orangeville Public Library resources for raising hens!


Complete and submit online :

Hen Registration Application

Property Owner Permission Form (if applicable).


Alternatively, you can print out the application and form and drop-off or mail to:

Town of Orangeville
87 Broadway
Orangeville ON L9W 1K1