- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Santa Rosa, CA. May have
25 chickens per 20,000 square feet.
- Santa Fe, NM. Unlimited
- Chicago, IL (Title 7 ch
7-12) Unlimited chickens allowed. Cannot kill chickens in city.
- Little Rock, AR. Up to four
- 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
- Aiken, SC. Chickens must
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.