How do I get approval to raise chickens?

Before building a coop or purchasing chickens, you must submit the completed Chicken Permit Application, Supplement, and site plan along with payment to the Building Inspections Department at City Hall. A site inspection at your property will be scheduled. After the site inspection, you may build the coop. After your coop has been built, another site inspection of your property will be scheduled. When the final inspection has been passed, a permit will be issued and chickens can be purchased.

If you live in a rental property or in a property located within a homeowner's association, written consent from the property owner and/or association management is required as part of the application.

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Gold colored hen in coop

Chickens at Large

Any chicken found running at large is a violation of City Code and will be impounded. After five business days, without being reclaimed, chickens may be humanely euthanized or sold. Chickens at large can be reported by calling 911.

Learn more about the City's ordinance by watching this video.