OTHER CHICKEN LAWS
  • Cape Elizabeth, ME: pet chickens allowed! (Not for profit.)
  • Westbrook, ME: in the process of changing their law to allow chickens in the city (as of 5/17 the board’s unanimous recommendation would limit residents to six birds on plots of land 10,000 sf or more.)
  • Biddeford, ME: (Part II Ch 10 Art 1) Chickens allowed in the city, no restrictions.
  • Boston, MA: (Ch. 16, Sec 16.18A) Chickens allowed by permit, fee $20. Additional $10 fee for over 50 chickens.
  • Concord, NH: (Title 1, Ch 13, Art 13-1) Unspecified number allowed. Cannot be a public nuisance or health hazard.
  • New Haven, CT: Unspecified number allowed. Cannot be a public nuisance or roam at large.
  • San Francisco, CA: (Health code Art 1, Ch 37) No permit needed for 4 or fewer (permit for more) must be 20 feet from any door or window.
  • Minneapolis, MN. (Title 4 Ch 70 Sec 70.10) Unlimited. Annual $10 permit plus consent from 80 percent of neighbors within 100 feet of real estate. Chickens must be penned.
  • Pheonix, AZ: (Ch. 8 Art II Sec 8) Up to 20 chickens allowed with written permission of residences within 80 feet.
  • 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.
  • New York City. Unlimited. Must have permit for chickens. Must be kept clean. No other poultry allowed, no roosters.
  • Montpelier, VT: (Ch 8 Art 1 sec 5-6) Chickens must be kept in enclosure.
  • Catawissa, PA. Chickens must be confined, no closer than 10 feet from neighboring properties, kept clean with no odors eminating across property lines.
  • Syracuse, NY. No roosters.
  • Anaheim, CA: (Title 8, Ch 8) Annual permit fee for any number or hens.
  • Mobile, AL. Unlimited chickens allowed. No breeding, no roosters.
  • Nashua NH: No prohibition on keeping chickens in the city.
  • New Orleans, LA: (Part II Ch 4 Sec 4.3) Unspecified number of chickens allowed with written permission of property owners within 300 feet
  • Buffalo, NY: ((Part II, Ch 78 Art1 Sec78-1) Unspecified number allowed, no permit, cannot be detrimental to public health.
  • Hartford, CT: (Part II, Ch 6, Sec 4-6) Unspecified number allowed; must not be detrimental to public health.
  • Baltimore, MD: (Title 17 Sub 3 Sec 17.300) Chickens allowed in the city.
  • Rockville, MD: (Ch 3) Chickens allowed in the city.
  • Corvallis, OR. Unlimited chickens allowed. No roosters. Chickens must be penned.
  • Mountain View, CA. Up to 4 hens without a permit, more w/permit. Keep 25 ft. from residences. Within 25 ft. is o.k. with written consent from residences. No roosters.
  • Portland, OR. Three hens allowed without a permit, or more with permit. No roosters. Permit for more costs $31. Keep 25ft. from residences.
  • Houston, TX. Up to 30 chickens allowed.
  • Miami, FL. May have up to 15 hens, no roosters.
  • San Jose, CA. Up to 6 chickens at least 20 ft. from residences. Up to 4 chickens 15 ft. away from residences. 0 less than 15 ft. No roosters.
  • 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.
  • Wenham, MA. Chickens allowed, but the town may restrict your operation if it causes a public nuisance (noise) or public health issues.
  • Downey, CA. Up to five chickens allowed per lot.
  • 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.
  • Madison, WI: Up to 4 per house, No roosters, No slaughtering, Must be kept in a Pen (not running free), 25’ from neighbor’s house, $6 permit.
  • Topeka, KS. Unlimited chickens allowed.
  • Santa Rosa, CA. May have 25 chickens per 20,000 square feet.
  • Santa Fe, NM. Unlimited chickens allowed.
  • Chicago, IL (Title 7 ch 7-12) Unlimited chickens allowed. Cannot kill chickens in city.
  • Little Rock, AR. Up to four chickens allowed.
  • Seattle, WA. Can have a total of three; more if the lot is large.
  • Los Angeles, CA. (Ch 1, Art 2) No permit required for 5 or less.
  • 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.
  • Burlington, VT. Up to 3 fowl per household.
  • Richmond, VA: (part II ch 4, art 1, sec 4-3) Unspecified number allowed subject to Health Dept inspection.
  • Aiken, SC. Chickens must be penned.
  • 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.
  • Albuquerque, NM. Unlimited if penned at least 20 feet from neighboring dwellings.
  • 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.
  • West Des Moines, IA. Chickens may not "run at large."
  • Bothell, WA. 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.
  • Winston-Salem, NC (part III Ch 6 Sec 6-6) Must be kept 50 feet from neighbor’s homes.
  • Greensboro, NC: (ch 5 art1): Chickens allowed, no restrictions.
  • Raleigh, NC. No limit on number of chickens kept.
  • Chapel Hill, NC. 20 chickens allowed.
  • Lafayette, CA. Residents can keep approximately 4 chickens.
  • Seattle, WA. (Municipal Code 23.44.048) 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.
  • San Jose, CA. Up to six chickens must be kept at least 20 ft. from a neighbors house. More than 6 need a permit. No roosters.
  • Denver, CO. Chicken permit must be purchased from the city for $50 & you must show that the enclosure will be clean & pest free.
  • Dallas, TX (Vol 1 ch 7 art 1 sec 7) No roosters. Shelter required. No disturbing noises or nuisance.
  • 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.
  • Salt Lake City, UT (title 8, ch 8, sec 8) Annual permit $5 per hen up to $40/year. 50 feet from neighbor’s homes.
  • Roseville, CA. Maximum 10 chickens kept 20 ft. from any property line &/or building. 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.
  • Berkely, CA. Chickens must be kept penned and 30 ft. away from any bedrooms.
  • Spokane, WA. Up to three chickens allowed.
  • Indianapolis, IN: (Title III Ch 531 Art 1 Sec 531) Chickens allowed, no prohibitions.
  • Lexington, KY: (Ch 4, Sec 4-10) No prohibitions, but chickens cannot roam at large.
  • Louisville, KY: (Title 9, ch 90, sec 90.01) No prohibition or restrictions on keeping chickens in the city.

 

 

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