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News release - April 24, 2017: Toronto residents are invited to share their views on prohibited animals

The bylaw prohibits the keeping of certain animals. Prohibited animals are listed below.

Contact 311 to submit a service request for investigation of a prohibited animal in the City of Toronto.

Under the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349, no person shall keep, either on a temporary or permanent basis, any prohibited animal in the City. Prohibited animals are those classes of animals listed in Schedule A at the end of this chapter. There are some exceptions noted in Chapter 349-3.

NOTE regarding birds: Galliformes are an order of birds containing turkeys, grouse, chickens (hens, roosters) and pheasants. All are prohibited under the Animal Bylaw.

Feasibility of allowing backyard hens in Toronto - Toronto Licensing & Standards Committee deferred the item indefinitely. The current bylaw remains in effect. (i.e. the City will continue responding to complaints).

Animals included in Schedule A are:

  • Artiodactyla (such as cattle, goats, sheep, pigs)
  • Canidae (such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, hybrid wolf dogs) except dogs
  • Chiroptera (bats such as fruit bats, myotis, flying foxes)
  • Edentates (such as anteaters, sloths, armadillos)
  • Felidae (such as tigers, leopards, cougars) except cats
  • Hyaenidae (such as hyaenas)
  • Lagomorpha (such as hares, pikas) except rabbits
  • Marsupials (such as kangaroos, opossums, wallabies) except sugar gliders derived from self-sustaining captive populations
  • Mustelidae (such as mink, skunks, weasels, otters, badgers) except ferrets
  • Non-human primates (such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, lemurs)
  • Perissodactyla (such as horses, donkeys, jackasses, mules)
  • Proboscidae (elephants)
  • Procyonidae (such as coatimundi, cacomistles)
  • Rodentia (such as coatimundi, cacomistles)
  • Rodentia (such as procupines and prairie dogs) except rodents which do not exceed 1,500 grams and are derived from self-sustaining captive populations
  • Ursidae (bears)
  • Viverridae (such as mongooses, civets, genets)
  • Anseriformes (such as ducks, geese, swans, screamers)
  • Galliformes (such as pheasants, grouse, guineafowls, turkeys, chickens)
  • Struthioniformes (flightless ratites such as ostriches, rheas, cassowaries, emus, kiwis)
  • Crocodylia (such as alligators, crocodiles, gavials)
  • All snakes which reach an adult length larger than 3 metres
  • All lizards which reach an adult length larger than 2 metres
  • all venomous and poisonous animals

If you are the owner of a prohibited animal, you will be required to find a suitable home for the animal such as a zoo or sanctuary.

Note: Prohibited animals found in the City may be seized and impounded by Toronto Animal Services.

Please see Chapter 349 for any changes to the list.

For more information about Animal Services, visit the section on the City of Toronto website. Visit and select Prohibited Animals.