5 Weird Bylaws in Brampton

Brampton is a fairly normal city, not too different in its bylaws than every other city in the GTA. However, there are some laws in this city that most people will find hard to believe, even for Brampton. Here are five weird bylaws in Brampton you might not have expected.

You can have backyard chickens

Surprisingly, Brampton is one of the few cities in Ontario, and the only one in the GTA, to allow its residents to keep chickens in their backyard. This seems to mainly apply to rural homeowners, but regardless, owners can only keep a maximum of two chickens.

Replica firearms are prohibited

Just as with regular firearms, replica firearms are not allowed in the city as they may be reasonably mistaken for a regular firearm. This also applies to compressed air and carbon dioxide-powered bb guns and pellet guns. Anyone who does not obey this bylaw is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of not more than $5000.00.

You can own pigeons

Like with the backyard chickens bylaw, owning pigeons is legal here in Brampton. However, there are a lot of rules and guidelines that come along with it. Rules such as keeping no more than two pigeons, keeping them in separate animal quarters outside (i.e. not indoors), guidelines on how big the animal quarters should be and food being kept in rodent-free containers. Owners must also apply for a license application to own pigeons too.

If you don’t cut grass and trim weeds there will be consequences

OK, so this one isn’t that weird. Not doing any lawn maintenance will result in a fine. The bylaw requires that all homeowners in Brampton must cut their grass and weeds whenever the grass grows more than 20 centimetres in height. Any homeowner who does not follow this law will receive written notice and be required to do so. Otherwise, they will be penalized to a $2000.00 fine.

Slaughtering animals isn’t allowed

Brampton obviously prohibits the slaughter of animals in domestic homes and any other place within the city. There are a few exceptions though, like farm property and if it is for the use of the occupants. Anywhere else will result in a fine of $2000.00. It makes you wonder why they had to put this on the books.

Mario Alfaro: