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Animal Control Bylaw No. 10/16

What does the Animal Control Bylaw Regulate?

This bylaw regulates the number of Livestock on properties smaller than 4.05 ha (10.0ac). This bylaw also regulates the number of Dogs on all lands within Mountain View County. The bylaw does not regulate Working Dogs that are solely for protecting and herding of the owners livestock and are not being raised to be sold. This bylaw does not regulate Kennels and Equestrian Centres. This bylaw does not regulate cats. There may be restrictions registered on title or an existing development permit which could supersede the Animal Control Bylaw.

When referring to the bylaw, "Animal" means any dog or livestock, examples are listed in Schedule A (page 10) of the Animal Control Bylaw No. 10/16. Temporary housing of Livestock for seasonal agricultural activities such as calving, gathering and sorting are exempt from requiring a permit on agricultural parcels.

Livestock

Within Schedule A livestock are converted into animal units to determine the number of animals permitted on a parcel of land. One animal unit is based on the consumption and waste generated by a 1000 pound animal.

For specific animal unit conversions for various different types of livestock consult Schedule A, however, general examples have been provided below.

  • 1 Horse = 1 Animal Unit
  • 5 Sheep = 1 Animal Unit
  • 6 Goats = 1 Animal Unit
  • 50 Turkeys = 1 Animal Unit

Schedule A is based off the Alberta Government’s Agricultural Operations Practices Act Regulations.

The next step when determining the number of livestock allowed on a parcel of land is the size of the parcel, lot or acreage and the zoning. As well as whether the parcel is the single parcel out of the quarter section or if there are multiple parcels out of the quarter.

Below are examples of single and multiple parcels out of a quarter section:

 

Illustration 1 – Quarter Section and Parcel Examples Note: The above illustration is for clarification and convenience only and does not form part of this bylaw. All provisions of this bylaw must be referenced.

Once the above information is gathered consult Schedule B (page 12) of the Animal Control Bylaw No. 10/16.

Example: Using the excerpt of the table in Schedule B, if we were to use the following example a landowner would like 3 horses on a 3.02 acres Country Residential District lot where there are multiple parcels on the quarter. Would the landowner require a permit?

 

Illustration 2 – Excerpt from Schedule B Note: The above illustration is for clarification and convenience only. All provisions of this bylaw must be referenced.

Example Answer: Yes a permit would be required for 3 horses on a 3.02 acres Country Residential District lot where there are multiple parcels on the quarter. A permit would not be required for 1 horse. If more horse number allowances are required beyond the allowances of Schedule B then a separate permit application is required pursuant to the Land Use Bylaw.

Dogs

Within Mountain View County parcels larger than 10 acres that are the single parcel out of quarter section are allowed up to five (5) dogs. Parcel less than 10 acres that have multiple parcels on the quarter section are allowed three (3) dogs.

An application may be made for additional dogs in excess of the numbers specified in Schedule B to a maximum of five (5) dogs. Six (6) or more Dogs require an application for a Kennel Permit pursuant to the Land Use Bylaw.  

Nothing in the Animal Control Bylaw shall be construed to supersede the provisions of the Mountain View County Dog Control Bylaw.

Animal Control Bylaw Application Process

Any person wishing to obtain a Permit must complete an Application Form; Click the link for an Additional Livestock Application Form or an Additional Dog Application Form. The completed Application Form, together with the fee as indicated in the current Fee Schedule Bylaw of fifty ($50) dollars must be submitted to the Review Committee. 

Upon receipt of a completed Application Form the Review Committee may require the applicant to provide:

For Livestock

  • information on surrounding land uses
  • for livestock a grazing management plan which recognizes the length of time the animals will be on site, click here for the form
  • for livestock manure management plan; click here for the form
  • holding facilities, such as provisions for new buildings and structures or usage of existing structures; and
  • water sources and water conservation methods;
  • consultation with "adjacent" landowners in accordance with the Planning and Development Department Consultation Process allowing for twenty one (21) days for the circulation via mail by Mountain View County to ensure an unbiased process

For Dogs

  • proximity to dwelling units both on and off the subject property
  • parcel size and isolation of the parcel
  • any required structures used to house the Dogs.
  • potential Nuisance impacts as defined in the Bylaw
  • compatibility with surrounding uses
  • consultation with adjacent landowners in accordance with the Planning and Development Department Consultations Process allowing for twenty one (21) days for the circulation via mail by Mountain View County to ensure an unbiased process

"Adjacent" means land or a portion of land that is adjoining to another parcel of land and includes land or a portion of land that would be contiguous if not for a public roadway, primary highway, river or stream, or reserve parcel. 

Illustration 3 – Adjacent Land Note: The above illustration is for clarification and convenience only and does not form part of this Bylaw. All provisions of this Bylaw must be referenced.

An application under the Animal Control Bylaw may take from four (4) to six (6) weeks for the Review Committee to return a decision on the Application for a Permit. The Review Committee may either refuse to grant the Permit or grant a Permit that could include conditions. A Permit shall not be transferable as they are issued on a site specific basis to the Permit holder only.

An Applicant who is refused a Permit may make a written appeal by submitting a written appeal letter to the Animal Control Appeal Committee no later than ten (10) days after the Review Committee advises the Applicant of the decision. Please consult the Animal Control Bylaw for more information. 

The Review Committee may revoke a Permit issued if:

  • the Review Committee receives bona fide complaints from two or more sources ; or
  • the Permit holder does not comply with the conditions of the Permit; or
  • the Permit holder harbors Livestock or Dogs in excess of the number permitted by the Permit; or
  • the Permit holder is guilty of an offense pursuant to Section 6 (page 7) of the Animal Control Bylaw.

If the Review Committee revokes a Permit, no refund of the Permit fee shall be made.

Penalties may be applicable to any person who contravenes any provision of the Animal Control Bylaw.

For more information call 403-335-3311 Ext 184