Livestock & Animals

County bylaws regulate how animals are owned, housed and controlled. Residents who are interested in keeping pets, livestock or poultry on their property may be subject to the Animal Control Bylaw (PDF) or regulations set forth in the Land Use Bylaw (PDF) which limits the number of animals allowed on a parcel.

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding animals in the county:


How many horses can I keep on my acreage?

Residents can keep one horse for every four acres.


Can I have chickens on my acreage?

Residents can keep twenty chickens for every four acres.


Can I have one horse and 20 chickens on my four acre parcel?

No. For parcels less than 40 acres, the maximum number of animals is one animal unit per four acres. A detailed list of animals and their unit classification is outlined in the County’s Land Use Bylaw (PDF).


How many other animals can I have on my acreage?

There are a number of different types of animals allowed and the numbers vary. A detailed list of animals and their unit classification is outlined in the County’s Land Use Bylaw (PDF).


How many animals can I have if my property is more than 40 acres?

The maximum number of animals allowed on an acreage is 50.


What if I want more animals than are allowed on my land?

Residents can apply for a Development Permit to increase the number of animals allowed on their land.


How many dogs am I allowed on my property?

Residents are permitted three dogs on a property.


What if I want to keep more than three dogs?

In some cases where more than three dogs are desired, residents can apply for a Development Permit to increase the number of dogs allowed on their land.


 

What do I do if my neighbours dog is trespassing on my land?

If attempts to resolve the issue with the neighbour have failed, contact Rocky View County Enforcement Services at 403.230.1401 or use the online report form.


My neighbours livestock keep getting on my property, what do I do?

Under the Stray Animals Act, landowners are responsible for their wandering livestock and for ensuring the maintenance of appropriate fencing.

Residents who are disputing the erection, maintenance, and repair of line or boundary fences that is designed to keep livestock on a property can refer to the Line Fence Act for further details.

If attempts to resolve the issue with the neighbour have failed, contact Rocky View County Enforcement Services at 403.230.1401 or use the online report form.


There are cows on my road, who do I call?

Under the Stray Animals Act, landowners are responsible for their wandering livestock and any damage done to real or personal property caused by trespassing livestock.

Livestock owners are also responsible for registering cattle with the Livestock Identification Service (LIS). Residents looking to contact the owner of stray livestock can contact LIS for assistance.

lis-alberta.com
403.509.2088


I have a skunk under my deck, how do I get rid of it?

Agricultural Services rents skunk traps to residents. Residents can also contact a local pest control company for assistance.