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#1 November-8-2010 9:45:pm

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U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

Check local laws and regulations. It may be illegal for you to own chickens in your city, so call the local animal control office or your local municipality and ask what the laws are in your area. More and more ordinances are available online as well, so it's worth doing a search. Since roosters are perceived as noisy, they usually tend to fall under your city's noise/nuisance ordinances. While hens are normally very quiet, they may still be subject to nuisance ordinances. Check the city code before you get your birds and become attached to them! Some cities limit the number of chickens you can have on a given amount of land. Especially in areas that were recently rural or have a strong farming culture, no law or license may be required to keep chickens. If chickens are illegal in your area all is not lost. Many people have managed to get pro-chicken ordinances passed.

If you decide to contact your city or town to determine if it is permissible to keep chickens, be aware that it is often very important how you phrase the question.  Some city people have reported that when asking how many chickens they can keep, the answer was "None" but when the same person asked in the same city how many PET chickens they could keep, the answer was "up to 6."  So be sure to phrase your question accordingly!


Here are a couple of interesting sites on chicken laws for different states.

http://thecitychicken.com/chickenlaws.html

http://urbanchickens.org/chicken-ordinances-and-laws

In some research I have been doing on Chicken Ordinances and Laws, I have found that in some locations people want to free range their birds and the birds travel the neighborhoods or some people get chicks and when the chicks grow up they decide they don't want them so they just take them somewhere and drop them off. These people are irresponsible and cause problems for the chicken owners who do take care of their birds.


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#2 November-9-2010 2:41:pm

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Re: U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

I found this online when I was researching some places in Florida.

In 2009, Gulfport, Florida's city council passed regulations that allow residents to keep chickens, (now you can have up to 10) thanks in large part to an information and awareness letter-writing campaign orchestrated by the Chicken Whisperer and the Atlanta Chicken MeetUp group. In Birmingham, a new organization calling itself CLUCK ("Citizens for the Legalization of Urban Chicken Keeping") hopes to work with cities — including Birmingham, which does not allow chickens in residentially zoned areas — to change local laws. In the past four years, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill all passed ordinances to make city chickens legal.


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#3 November-9-2010 2:56:pm

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Re: U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

Florida F.A.C.E.OFF. (Fight Against Code Enforcement OFFice)
http://faceoffmovement.blogspot.com/

On August 26, 2010, Steve Kohn in Hollywood Florida contacted the F.A.C.E.OFF. Movement with this e-mail:

Steve Kohn wrote:

From: Steve Kohn
To: faceoffmovement
Sent: Thu, August 26, 2010 7:46:04 PM
Subject: code enforcement

Hi there,

We are avid admirers of your fight against corrupt code enforcement.
We live in Hollywood and were cited and fined $250/day for keeping chickens, even though we are allowed to keep poultry under the city code.
Anyway, today they filed a lien against our Florida Homestead. Of course it's unconstitutional, but they did it anyway. Do you know how to get rid of it?
Thanks in advance,

Steve Kohn

I called Steve Kohn the next day and discussed his case with him. Then I put him in contact with others in our group who are fighting Aggressive Code Enforcement Abuse in his area. On Monday, September 27, he sent me this e-mailed update on his case:


From: Steve Kohn
To: Alley Cooper faceoffmovement
Sent: Mon, September 27, 2010 4:27:36 PM
Subject: Emailing: 8.18.10 Kohn lien imposition on homestead

Hi Alley,

I thought you'd find this interesting. Here you have a code enforcement hearing where the magistrate acknowledges that he's placing a lien on a Florida Homestead, and he asks the City Attorney HOW he should decide and follows their wishes!

If you think it's worthy of spreading, please do so.

Best regards,

Steve Kohn
Hollywood FL

Attached to the e-mail was an audio clip of the Magistrate imposing a lien on his homesteaded property. Here is the YouTube Video that Steve made with that clip:
$100000 Fine for Keeping Pet Chickens, Imposed by James K Rubin, Hollywood FL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qcJioNVZ3E


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#4 January-22-2011 7:17:pm

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Re: U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

January 18th, 2011 Sarasota city commissioners voted unanimously in support of a new ordinance allowing residents to have up to four hens. No roosters allowed.


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#5 August-20-2011 2:10:am

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Re: U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

MY PET CHICKEN wrote:

Here is a list of some cities that allow chickens.

Fort Collins, CO (max of 6, no roosters)
Honolulu, HI (provided the coop meets zoning requirements)
Los Angeles, CA (license required; coop must be 35' from property line)
Madison, WI (4 chickens per household)
Mobile, AL (25 chickens per household)
Oakland, CA (No limit provided the coop is 20' from property line + no roosters)
Portland, OR (3 chickens per household)
San Antonio, TX (5+ chickens per household)
Seattle, WA (3+ chickens per household)
St. Louis, MO (4 chickens per lot)
Tampa, FL (so long as they're not a nuisance)
Sarasota, FL (4 chickens, no roosters)


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#6 August-20-2011 2:16:am

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Re: U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

American Poultry Association wrote:

Raising Birds in an Urban Area
Dealing with Zoning Regulations, Ordinances, and the Neighbors


Invite the city’s health inspector to come to your place and see first hand your operation. Without the support of the city’s health inspector, you will
have a very difficult time trying to pursue the matter any further. Show the health inspector your pens and explain to him/her how often the pens are cleaned and how you dispose of waste. Explain your insect and rodent control methods. Show the health inspector how clean your operation really is.

Make your birds a benefit to the neighborhood. Offer extra eggs to the neighbors. Most people find the fresh eggs to be a treat. If the
neighborhood children want to see your birds, take the time to go with them and let them see and touch the birds. Let them feel that they are part of your poultry program. If the neighborhood children don’t like your birds, their parents probably won’t either.

If a petition is filed against you please remember that most people will sign anything. You can get a copy of the petition from city hall and
carefully go through it. Check names and addresses to make sure that they are actual and not invented. Check to make sure the addresses are within your area. One petition had the forged signature on it of the sister of one of the city officials.

Come up with your own petition. It is simply a matter of writing your point of view on a piece of paper and having people sign below it. Take your
petition to all of your neighbors within a two-block radius of your place. If a neighbor will not sign it, then perhaps you have located the person
making the complaint. If so, ask him/her what the problem is and correct it as soon as possible.

Try to secure as much local support as possible. If there is a council meeting scheduled, then make sure to attend it, along with as many other
people as you can muster up. Sometimes there is strength in numbers.

Just because you have raised poultry in a particular area for many years does not guarantee that you will always be able to enjoy that privilege.
Simply because you are “grandfathered in” does not mean that the privilege cannot be taken away.

Invite city officials and council members to your house. Show them your facilities and explain to them how your birds are cared for.

Explain to the city officials what you are trying to accomplish. If you raise birds to be exhibited, then show them your awards. Explain the
achievements that you have made through your hobby.

If the city officials and/or council members can not or will not come to your place, then send them a packet of information. Include pictures of your
building, your birds, and an explanation of what you are trying to accomplish. Include a brief summary of how the birds are judged. Explain
that you are trying to follow a standard of perfection. Include in this packet written support statements from city leaders and other people who are
aware of your accomplishments, your petition, and any other information that you may feel important for them to know about.

Hints

Consider your birds as pets, not livestock. When a bird lives for ten ormore years and is cared for the way many people care for their birds, then
they are more than simply farm livestock; they are pets.

Most larger cities allow poultry.

Most cities have no ordinances against crowing roosters. Most noise ordinances refer to barking dogs and loud vehicles.

Petitions do not generally hold much weight with city officials but they do usually thoroughly go over them to see if the people who have signed them are legitimate. City officials also realize that some people will sign anything. If a petition is signed by a limited number of people, all of whom
live in the neighborhood, then the city officials will take them more seriously.

Make sure the complaint has come from within the neighborhood. Most cities will not consider a complaint except from a neighbor. A neighbor is usually within a two-block radius of your home.

Raising poultry is a hobby not a business. If you call it a business, you may be opening up a whole new can of worms.

Most elections are decided by a very small percent of the people so the more support you can show at a council meeting or public meeting the more
influence you will have with the city officials.

If city officials receive more than four letters regarding a particular problem, they will take it seriously.

If your city allows dogs, cats, and other small pets, then they should allow bantams as pets. Some city governments have been challenged on this
discrimination and have lost. Restrictions may apply, but they should be allowed.

Some cities have tried to include poultry with wolves, alligators, and other animals that may be dangerous to other people. If you are raising exhibition birds, you are not raising dangerous animals.

Remember: All states and cities have different laws and ordinances. Simply because one state does something one way does not mean that another state will do it that way.


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#7 August-20-2011 2:27:am

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Root Simple, the blog formerly known as Homegrown Evolution wrote:

Atlanta: Up to 25 chickens may be kept if adequately housed, i.e. 2 square feet per adult bird, and their enclosure is 50 feet from the nearest neighbor.

Austin: Up to 10 fowl per household, but keep in an enclosure that's 50 feet away from neighbors.

Boston: All residential zones in Boston forbid "auxiliary keeping of animals," which includes poultry and other livestock. No person shall keep any live fowl of other farm animals, except in accordance with a permit from the Division of Health Inspections, Inspectional Services Department.

Chicago: May keep unlimited number of chickens for personal use, but their slaughter is forbidden.

Detroit: Unlawful to own, harbor, keep, or maintain, sell, or transfer any farm animal on their premises or at a public place within the City. [Despite this, we hear tell that there is some pretty progressive urban farming going on in Detroit, including plenty of livestock.]

Los Angeles: Chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner's residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling. Crowing fowl must be 100 feet from any dwelling. [Looks like we're breaking the law again!]

Madison: Up to four chickens per household. Not allowed to roam free. Keep pen 25 ft. from neighbors. $6 annual permit required.

Miami: May have up to 15 hens, no roosters. Must be contained at least 100 feet from neighboring structures.

Minneapolis: Must obtain permission of 80% of your neighbors that live within 100 feet. Must be kept penned.

New York: Health Code § 161.19 Keeping of live poultry and rabbits.
(a) No person shall keep a live rooster, duck, goose or turkey in a built-up portion of the City.
(b) A person who holds a permit to keep for sale or sell live rabbits or poultry shall keep them in coops and runways and prevent them from being at large. Coops shall be whitewashed or otherwise treated in a manner approved by the Department at least once a year and at such other times as the Department may direct in order to keep them clean. Coops, runways and the surrounding area shall be kept clean.

Portland: Any animal may be raised for noncommercial purposes with no animals kept on any lot less than three (3) acres or closer than one hundred (100) feet to any street or lot line.

Raleigh: No limit on number of chickens kept.

San Francisco: You may keep any combination of four small animals on your property (dogs, chickens, etc.) without permit

Seattle: Three domestic fowl may be kept on any lot.


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#8 August-20-2011 2:33:am

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Here is a link for Pinellas County Florida communities and their ordinances.

http://pinellascountycitizensforbackyar … ances.html


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#10 August-29-2011 1:39:pm

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Re: U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

We will be adding to this list as we become aware of new ordinances. If anyone knows of an ordinance not listed please let us know so we can add it to the list. Also, If you find any repeats on the list please let us know.

Portland, OR. Three hens allowed without a permit. No roosters. Permit for more costs $31. Keep 25ft. from residences.
Gresham, OR. Unlimited “livestock” allowed, provided they are kept 100ft. from neighbors, which is possible only on uncommonly large lots.
Spokane, WA. Up to three chickens allowed.. Can have up to three animals total.
Falls Church, VA. Chickens not allowed. No "agricultural animals."
Topeka, KS. Unlimited chickens allowed. Chickens must be penned 50 feet from any neighbors house.
Syracuse, NY. Chickens sometimes allowed. Depends on zoning. No roosters.
Mobile, AL. Unlimited chickens allowed. No breeding, no roosters.
Santa Rosa, CA. Up to 25. May have 25 chickens per 20,000 square feet. No chickens in residential areas zoned R1, R2 or PRC.
Westfield, MA. Chickens not allowed. No "livestock." Maximum of five cats and dogs.
Casper, WY. Chickens sometimes allowed. Can have chickens in special circumstances, like 4-H.
Corvallis, OR. Unlimited chickens allowed. No roosters. Chickens must be penned.
Santa Fe, NM. Unlimited chickens allowed.
Little Rock, AR. Up to four chickens allowed. Up to four animals total.
Oswego, NY. Chickens not allowed. Can only have chickens that were "grandfathered."
New York City, NY. Chickens are considered pets under the Health Code. Unlimited number of hens allowed; no roosters or other types of poultry. Code mentions cleanliness of chicken area must be kept clean.
Chicago, IL. Can have unlimited number of chickens if use is only for pets or eggs; cannot have if use is to slaughter. Must be penned.
Seattle, WA. Can have a total of three small animals; more if the lot is large.
Houston, TX. Up to 30 chickens allowed. Chickens must be kept 100 feet from neighboring structures.
Detroit, MI. Not allowed. No "farm animals."
Miami, FL. May have up to 15 hens, no roosters. Must be contained at least 100 feet from neighboring structures.
Minneapolis, MN. Unlimited. Applicant needs consent from 80 percent of neighbors within 100 feet of real estate. Chickens must be penned.
Los Angeles, CA. Unlimited. Chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner's residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling.
Round Rock, TX. Up to 5 fowl if your chicken pen is 25 ft. away from neighbor's residences. If the pen is 50 ft. away, you can have 10 fowl.
Portland, ME. Chickens not legal.
Burlington, VT. Up to 3 fowl per household.
Aiken, SC. Chickens must be penned, and the pen kept 40 ft. from neighboring residences.
San Antonio, TX. Up to 5 of any kind of fowl, any gender, per household. Must keep in a pen, 20 feet from any other dwelling.
Ponca City, OK. Chickens must be kept 100 ft. from neighbor's houses, so this essentially makes keeping chickens impossible on normal lots.
Austin, TX. Up to 10 fowl per household, but keep in enclosure that's 50 ft. away from neighbors.
Anaheim, CA. Can keep 3 chickens on a 5,000 sq.ft. lot, 6 chickens on a 10,000 sq.ft. lot.
Albuquerque, NM. Zoning allows the raising of unlimited poultry if penned at least 20 feet from neighboring dwellings.
Madison, WI. Up to four chickens per household. Not allowed to roam free. Keep pen 25 ft. from neighbors. $10 annual permit required. Hens only; no roosters allowed.
Boston, MA. All residential zones in Boston forbid "auxilliary keeping of animals", which includes poultry and other livestock.
Huntsville, AL. Fowl must be kept 150 ft. from neighboring residences, which of course is impossible on your typical city lot.
Lawrenceville, GA. No chickens allowed. However, apparently this law is only enforced if someone complains.
Mountain View, CA. Up to 4 hens without a permit. Keep 25 ft. from residences. Within 25 ft. is o.k. with written consent from residences. No roosters.
Nampa, ID. Keep 50 ft. from neighbors. Pay $50 for a permit. Only 3 chickens allowed and no roosters.
Bakersfield, CA. Municipal code 6.08.010: Any chickens must be "kept securely enclosed in a yard or pen at all times."
Des Moines, IA. Lots smaller than 1 acre, up to 30 birds; lots 1 acre or larger, up to 50 birds. Not allowed in the front yard, and must be at least 25' from neighbors.
Johnston, IA. "No...chickens shall be allowed to run at large within the corporate limits of the city..."
Urbandale, IA. Chickens must be kept at least 150 feet from any dwelling.
Clive, IA. No more than 12 chickens on lots less than 1.5 acres. Must be 150 feet from homes and 50 feet from property line.
West Des Moines, IA. Chickens may not "run at large."
Windsor Heights, IA. No more than 2 chickens allowed; must be kept in a coop at all times. Must be at least 25' from neighboring residences, and may not be in front yard.
Waukee, IA. No fowl shall be kept within the city limits of the City, except in A-1 District or A-2 Annexation District on tracts of one (1) or more acres.
Sioux City, IA. Permit required. No roosters over 4 months old. No more than 50 birds total. Must be at least 25' from the home and at least 150' from neighboring homes.


Davenport, IA. Chickens not allowed, unless property is zoned as agricultural.
Raleigh, NC. No limit on number of chickens kept.
Chapel Hill, NC. 20 chickens allowed.
Lafayette, CA. Residents can keep approximately 4 chickens.
Alpharetta, GA. There is a 75 chicken maxium.
Catawissa, PA. Chickens must be confined, no closer than 10 feet from neighboring properties, kept clean with no odors eminating across property lines.
Seattle, WA. Municipal Code 23.44.048 says up to 3 domestic fowl may be kept on any lot.
Eugene, OR. A maximum of 2 hens, no roosters, kept 20 feet from dwellings.
Oakland, CA. Keep chicken enclosed, & 20 ft. from any dwelling, church or school.
Bothell, WA. You may own 3 or less fowl. Must keep coop 20 ft. from your own property line. If your neighbors say it’s okay, you may place chickens closer to your shared property line.
Northglenn, CO. Not allowed unless property is zoned for agriculture.
Westminster, CO. Not allowed unless property is zoned for agriculture.
Denver, CO. Chicken permit must be purchased from the city for $50 & you must show that the enclosure will be clean & pest free.
Thornton, CO. Not zoned for fowl.
Wenham, MA. Poultry allowed, but the town may restrict your operation if it causes a public nuisance (noise) or public health issues (disease).
Laredo, TX. If you keep 6 or fewer chickens, set-backs are not restricted. If you keep more than 6 chickens, you must keep the pen 100 ft. from any occupied building, besides your own.
Las Vegas, NV. Roosters not allowed. Hens allowed if kept in a coop, but must notify Animal Control first. Chickens can’t be kept in a basement, house or cellar.
Downey, CA. Up to five chickens allowed per lot.
Woodland, CA. It is OK to keep up to 6 hens provided they are kept over 40 ft. from neighboring residences.
Vallejo, CA. You are allowed to keep up to 25 chickens if they are kept 15 ft. from neighboring dwellings. Roosters are allowed but subject to noise nuisance violations.
Toledo, OH. Not legal to keep chickens within the city limits.
Roseville, CA. Maximum 10 chickens kept 20 ft. from any property line &/or building. They don't delineate hens or roosters.
St. Louis, MO. You can keep up to four chickens without a permit. If you want to keep more, you must file a permit (cost is $40) with the Health Commissioner.
Mission Viejo, CA. You are allowed up to two chickens, and roosters are not allowed.
Salem, OR. There have been recent debates in Salem regarding the current law that chickens are illegal here.
Berkely, CA. Chickens must be kept penned and 30 ft. away from any bedrooms.
Riga / Churchville, NY. Chickens allowed but all housing of livestock has to be 100 ft. off of any lot lines.
Esquimalt, BC Canada. No poultry keeping is allowed in the Municipality of Esquimalt. However up to 10 caged "ornamental birds" (kept primarily for show) are allowed. (Their official definition of "Ornamental Bird" does not exclude chickens.)
Victoria, BC Canada. Has a bylaw that supports raising urban poultry. No Roosters. No "Farm Animals". Poultry are not classified as "farm animals" under Victoria's bylaws.
State College, PA. Legal to raise chickens provided they are housed “under sanitary conditions" and that they "shall not become either a public or private nuisance." No mention of numbers restrictions.
Pittsburgh, PA. "Fowl at large” are not permitted in unenclosed areas, other peoples' property, or public lands. Also, “no more than 5 pets per household" city limit and animal nuisance prohibitions as well.
Louisville, KY. If you have non-crowing poultry, you can have up to five birds. Must be penned and not allowed to roam on the owner’s land.
Westwood, MA. Up to 10 fowl allowed on lots less than 40,000 sq. feet, Coop must be 15 feet from property lines. Permit application must include site plan. $10 annual permit fee and BOH inspection prior to issuance of the permit. Cockerels must be kept 1,000 feet from property lines.
Guilford, ME. "There shall be no poultry or livestock in the Town of Guilford within the municipal Water or Sewer Districts, with the exception that if the lot is 5 acres or more the Planning Board will have the authority to grant a variance.” Basically, no poultry or livestock within the Water or Sewer Districts.
Sanford, FL. A law (2007) says that this (city) does not allow chickens and you can only have 3 dogs and 3 cats. No potbelly pigs, goats, etc.
Sanford, FL. According to (county ordinance), chickens are permitted. However, it appears the code wants you to keep your chickens penned 25 ft. away from your own house and 150 ft. away from neighbors. Which again, would be only possible on very large lots.
Stillwater, OK. Chickens may not be kept within 150 feet of any house. In addition, any pen for poultry must enclose a minimum of 900 square feet.
Greebay, WI. The law reads: May have 4 birds over 8 inches tall per residence plus a clutch or part of a clutch for 8 weeks.
Atlanta, GA. Chickens are allowed here.
La Puente, CA. Up to 20 chickens allowed for each ten thousand sq. feet of lot area in residential zones.
New Orleans, LA. Sale or donation of chicks younger than 4 weeks of age is prohibited except in quantities of 12 to an individual. Giving fowl away as prize or advertizing device is also prohibited. Chickens are to be treated humanely and kept in clean, sturdy housing.
Nashville, TN. Has an unlimited chicken law assuming “No person shall keep chickens within the metropolitan government area in such a manner that a nuisance is created” and are kept penned, no “fowl at large.”


Omaha, NE. May have chickens in city limits as long as they are hens, no roosters, for egg production. Must have enclosure, subject to The Humane Society inspection, to apply for permit.
Brigham City, UT. Definition of domesticated animal includes 'fowls' Section 4:01.16 defines that the pets can be kept in humane enclosure not larger than 50 cubic feet. It also states that 'household pets' will be no more than 6 birds.
South Portland, ME. No chickens of any kind allowed.
Woodinville, WA. No restrictions in the code for animals according to the planning department.
Gig Harbor, WA. No regulations for animals except bees.
Olympia, WA. Up to 3 birds, hens are considered, roosters prohibited.
Tacoma, WA. Livestock allowed in the city
Boise, ID. Up to three "pet" hens allowed. No roosters.
Washington D.C. Housing chickens here violates health laws and is not legal.
Fairfax County, VA. Illegal to house any chicken unless your property is zoned for agriculture.
Colorado Springs, CO. A property may have a maximum of 10 fowl (chickens, ducks, etc.) requiring at least four square feet of coop area and adequate outdoor space. No roosters permitted within the city limits.
Edina, MN. Chickens not allowed.
Toledo, OH. Chickens are permitted with a written variance from the city health inspector.
Ann Arbor, MI. A resolution is pending which would allow hens but no roosters, if housed 25 ft. from neighboring houses.
New Hempstead, NY. The maintenance of 4 or fewer fowl (chickens, ducks, etc.) is permitted. No roosters. All fowl shall be kept in an enclosure area at least 75 feet from any lot line.
Sacramento, CA. Except for a few areas specifically spelled out in code, keeping chickens is not allowed in Sacramento.
Baton Rouge, LA. The keeping of more than three chickens within a recognized residential subdivision on a lot of less than one acre is prohibited. (Does this mean that you can keep two hens, then, if you live on less than one acre?)
Baltimore County, MD. Must have 1 acre of land to have poultry.
Sacramento County, CA. As long as your yard is 10,000 square feet or more, you can keep chickens.


San Jose, CA. 1-4 chickens must be kept 15 feet from neighboring structures. 4-6 chickens must be kept 20 feet away. A permit is required if you keep more than 6 chickens. In any area zoned ‘residential,’ only hens are permitted; no roosters.
Miami, FL. No poultry houses shall be situated less than 100 feet from any human dwelling. Droppings shall not be used for fertilizer. All food used for poultry, fowl and grazing animals shall be kept inaccessible to rats. All poultry or fowl droppings shall be removed from the pens at least twice weekly, wrapped in paper and placed in covered garbage cans for removal.
Hillsboro, OR. It is unlawful for any person to possess or harbor any livestock within the corporate limits of the city. The county offices say say chickens are not allowed but if no one complains then its unlikely any enforcement would happen.
Toronto, ONT, Canada. Chickens are prohibited.
Lynn, MA. You have to go to all your neighbors and have them sign a petition stating that they would not have any problems with you having the hens. If you have complaints from neighbors about your chickens, you are subject to a fine of $1000.00 per day.
Redwood City, CA. Maximum of 3 chickens permitted, no roosters over 4 months of age.
Cambridge, MA. Nowhere are chickens mentioned in the city codes. The city itself comments that as long as the chickens are "pets", there is nothing to enforce or not enforce.
Everett, WA. No roosters. No maximum number of hens, but you
must get a facility license permit from Animal Services if you keep 5 or more. This requires inspection of your facilities/property. Chickens must
be kept enclosed.
Irving, TX. According to the Parks & Rec department here, "In recognition of changing demographics, we no longer have restrictions on livestock."
Orem City, UT. Limit of poultry/fowl: 20 on a lot under one acre, and must be kept 40 ft. from dwelling on same lot or 85 ft. from neighboring dwelling.
Somerset, MA. The entire town is zoned agricultural. No limits on
the amount of chickens allowed. You are asked to submit a plan for your management of manure.
Durham, NC. No chickens are allowed.
Folsom, CA. Not more than any combination of two chickens, ducks, pigeons and rabbits shall be kept within any zoning district of the city other than agricultural or agricultural combining districts; and said animals shall be kept or maintained at least twenty feet from any property line.
St. Paul, MN. Can have one chicken without a permit, but more than one you have to get permission from 75% of neighbors 150 ft. around, or proof you have no neighbors for 150 feet. No roosters, and no selling eggs without a permit.
Richmond, VA. Can only keep chickens if your lot is 50,000 square feet or larger.
Toledo, OH. There is no variance needed for keeping chickens here.
Orem City, UT. Currently you must have at least one acre of property to have any chickens at all, legally.
East Grand Rapids, MI. No chickens may be kept on the same lot or premises of any dwelling without obtaining prior written approval from the Director of City Services.
San Diego, CA. Currently undergoing debates in the city council, trying to get chickens to be legal in this city.
Baltimore City, MD. Up to four chickens can be kept (no roosters) as long as they are confined to a moveable pen that is kept 25 feet away from all residences.
Richmond City, VA. No person shall keep, place or maintain fowl on any parcel of real property in the city which contains less than 50,000 square feet in area.
Baltimore City, MD. You can have up to for hens, no roosters, must have a permit
Vancouver, WA. Chickens are allowed, however roosters and peacocks are not.
Summerville, SC. It shall be unlawful for any person to permit or allow any chickens, ducks, geese or other poultry of any kind or description to run at large.
Rosemount, MN. You can have up to 3 hens, no roosters. You must get written permission from all the neighbors whose yards border yours. You must keep them in a coop between 12 and 24 inches above ground and the legs of the coop must be sunk in cement footers. And there is a $25 annual fee to keep chickens.
New Castle County, DE. Chickens are not allowed unless your parcel of land is over one acre.
Lafayette, IN. Livestock of any kind is prohibited in this city.
Northampton, MA. Three or fewer hens are allowed.
Campbell, CA. Not more than six animals in all, including hares, rabbits, guinea pigs, feline, bovine, sheep, goat, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, doves, pigeons, game birds, or other fowl or any combination thereof.
Northampton MA. A maximum of three hens allowed; no roosters.
North Branch, MI. No one may house chickens unless you are “a farm.”
Beaverton, OR. Except for “household pets,” no person shall keep or maintain livestock or poultry within the city.
Boca Raton, FL. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor or maintain within the city limits any horses, mules, sheep, cattle, hogs, goats, geese, turkeys, chickens or other livestock or fowl.
Davis, CA. A total of not more than six chicken hens and you have to keep them penned no less than 40 ft. from neighboring houses.
Boynton Beach, FL. Says it is against the law "to keep, maintain or pasture horses, cattle, mules, goats, sheep, swine, fowl, poultry, or other livestock within the city."
Rockville, MD. Chickens are not allowed; neither are ducks, goats, or anything
primarily kept on a farm.
Imperial Beach, CA. The municipal code says no, but a feed store estimates around 500 chickens are kept as pets.
Ann Arbor, MI. An ordinance was approved on June 2, 2008. Up to 4 hens are now allowed, and you must pay $20 for a permit.
Fond du Lac, WI. No chickens allowed in this city as they are considered a public nuisance.
Asheville, NC. No chickens are allowed within city limits under any circumstances.
Woodfin, NC. There are no restrictions on keeping chickens if you own at least one acre.
Louisville, KY. If your lot is less than a half of an acre, then you can only have five hens, or “non-crowing” poultry.
Fort Worth, TX. You must keep chickens (no mention of quantity) fifty feet away from neighbors.
Arlington, TX. You must have a lot that is larger than a half an acre to lawfully keep hens (no roosters) here. If you have such a lot, then you must still keep the chickens 50 ft. away from neighboring houses.
Mansfield, TX. Your lot must be 20,000 square feet in order to keep chickens.
Grand Prairie, TX. You have to be able to keep your chickens 150 feet away from any neighboring structures that house people, which is pretty difficult to do on a city or suburb lot.

Sarasota, FL. up to four hens. No roosters allowed.
Gulfport, FL. Residents are allowed to keep up to 10 chickens per household.
Cedar Rapids, IA. Up to 6 hens, no roosters
Los Angeles, CA.: License required; chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner's residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling. Crowing fowl must be 100 feet from any dwelling.
Fort Collins, CO, Max of 6, no roosters.
Grand Junction, CO. Within the city limits, residential zoning " In these districts, all types of fowl (e.g., chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese) shall be allowed, subject to the confinement provisions of this subsection." The confinement regulations say that you have to keep it clean.
Absarokee, MT. Hens are allowed within town , Hens and roosters just outside town limits. Outside the town all live stock is allowed even goats, sheep, horses, chickens etc. Because Absarokee has no Covenant law.
Pensacola, FL, Allows up to 8 chickens  on your property, Prohibits roosters, http://escambiachickens.com/ordinances/ … ordinance/
Escambia County, FL, The owner or occupant of a lot that is ¼ acre or less in size may not possess more than eight (8) chickens.
Roosters are only permitted if kept no less than one-hundred (100) yards from any inhabited residential dwelling other than the dwelling of the owner thereof or the person keeping the same. http://escambiachickens.com/ordinances/


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Re: U. S. Chicken Ordinances and Laws

Quick Reference for Backyard Poultry Keeping in Residential Zones In Pinellas County Florida

Please note that among the municipalities within Pinellas County that do allow backyard poultry keeping, none of the ordinances are the same. Some have restrictions on number and types of birds allowed, some require permits, etc. Please educate yourself on the ordinances pertaining to your community and contact the code enforcement department in your area if you have any questions.
http://pinellascountycitizensforbackyar … ances.html

Up to 4 chickens are allowed to reside on an occupied single –family property. No ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl, or male chickens/roosters in Pinellas County.

Bellair- Backyard poultry allowed

Bellair Beach- Backyard poultry not permitted

Bellair Bluffs- Backyard poultry not permitted

Bellair Shore- Backyard poultry not permitted

Clearwater- Backyard poultry not permitted

Dunedin- Backyard poultry allowed

Gulfport- Backyard poultry allowed

Indian Rocks Beach- Backyard poultry not allowed

Indian Shores- Backyard poultry not allowed

Kenneth City- Backyard poultry not allowed

Largo- Backyard poultry allowed

Madiera Beach- Backyard poultry not allowed

North Redington Beach- Backyard poultry not allowed

Oldsmar- Backyard poultry not allowed

Pinellas Park- Backyard poultry not allowed

Redington Beach- Backyard poultry not allowed

Safety Harbor- Backyard poultry not allowed

St. Pete Beach- Backyard poultry not allowed

St. Petersburg- Backyard poultry allowed

Seminole- Backyard poultry not allowed

South Pasadena- Backyard poultry not allowed

Tarpon Springs- Backyard poultry not allowed

Treasure Island- Backyard poultry not allowed

Unincorporated Pinellas County- Backyard poultry allowed


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