Local Chicken Laws
If you are concerned about the chicken laws in your area, check with local authorities to find out what they are. Laws on chicken keeping vary greatly from one town to the next.
Some regulations only allow a certain number of hens and no roosters, make it mandatory that coops be a specific distance (50-100 feet is common) away from other structures, and more. It is not uncommon for poultry to be banned outright.
Here are a few of the restrictions about chicken keeping nationally:
Dallas does not allow roosters.
Coops in Austin must be fifty feet away from other buildings / properties.
Ft. Worth has a limit on the number of chickens you can keep based on your property size, and they must be 50 'away from any buildings.
In Houston you must have a special permission that gives the number of hens and their purpose, whether they are for personal use or commercial.
Los Angeles does not have many laws regulating backyard chickens.
Oakland, CA prohibits roosters, but has no other regulations.
San Diego limits residents to twenty-five birds, requires that chicken feed containers be rat-proof, and that droppings be cleaned at least weekly.
Key West, FL gives specific guidelines for hen waste disposal, does not allow its use as a fertilizer, and requires that coops / cages be cleaned daily.
In Charlotte NC you can keep chickens with a 40 dollar permit and certain stipulations regarding number of chickens, size of pen, and number of feet away from buildings.
Concord, NC prohibiting keeping chickens.
In Columbus, Ohio you must have a minimum of 5 acres if you want to keep chickens. They must also be one hundred feet away from roads or property lines.
Huntsville, Al allows hens as long as you keep the 150 feet away from neighboring homes.
Homewood, AL allows chickens if they are at least 300 'away from neighboring buildings and one hundred feet away from roads.
Denver, CO has several requirements. You must place two signs in your yard for a month to find out if neighbors object, pay a $ 50 application fee, $ 100 permit fee, and a seventy dollar annual fee and be subject to periodic inspections of the sanitary conditions of your flock.
Washington, DC requires you to get written permission from your neighbors and keep chickens at least fifty feet from other homes.
Chicken laws vary widely; some cities have no laws regarding chickens, but will give citations for disturbing the peace should your hens become too loud.
You must always check your local chicken restrictions before starting a flock in your area.