How many chickens and roosters may I have on my property?

The number of chickens, roosters, and crowing fowl allowed on a property is dictated by the properties zoning. Please see the sections below: 

R-R Zone:

The keeping of crowing fowl is allowed pursuant to the following requirements. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Lots between 20,000 square feet and 39,999 square feet In area: Not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.
  • Lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 50 mature female crowing fowl and 10 mature male crowing fowl allowed for the use of the occupants.

The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

R-1 & R-1A Zones:

If a lot is 1 acre or more in area, poultry and crowing fowl (chickens only) may be kept for the use of the occupants of the premises only. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Lots between 7,200 square feet and 39,999 square feet in area: Not more than 4 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.
  • Lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.

In all cases, the crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

R-A Zone:

Poultry and crowing fowl allowed for the use of the occupants of the premises only. All poultry and crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area, located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence existing at the time such use is established. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Lots between 20,000 square feet and 39,999 square feet in area: Not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.
  • Lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 50 mature female crowing fowl and 10 mature male crowing fowl allowed for the use of the occupants.

The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use

Subject to the provisions of Section 18.28b, the number of mature crowing fowl may be increased up to 50% over each (male and female) of the permitted numbers.

R-2, R-2A & R-3 Zones:

If a lot is 1 acre or more in area, poultry and crowing fowl (chickens only) may be kept for the use of the occupants of the premises only. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Single family lots or parcels between 7,200 square feet and 39,999 square feet in area: Not more than 4 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.
  • Single family lots lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.

The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

R-T-R Zone:

The keeping and raising of poultry and crowing fowl for the use of the occupants of the premises is allowed, provided they are kept not less than 20 feet from any street and not less than 50 feet from any residence. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Lots between 20,000 square feet and 39,999 square feet in area: Not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.
  • Lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 50 mature female crowing fowl and 10 mature male crowing fowl allowed for the use of the occupants of the premises.

The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

Subject to the provisions of Section 18.28b, the number of mature crowing fowl may be increased up to 50% over each (male and female) of the permitted numbers.

A-1 Zone:

The keeping and raising of crowing fowl is allowed pursuant to the following requirements. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Lots between 20,000 square feet and 39,999 square feet in area: Not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.
  • Lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 50 mature female crowing fowl and 10 mature male crowing fowl allowed for the use of the occupants.

The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

Subject to the provisions of Section 18.28b, the number of mature crowing fowl may be increased up to 50% over each (male and female) of the permitted numbers.

A-2 & A-D Zones:

The keeping and raising of crowing fowl is allowed pursuant to the following requirements. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Lots between 20,000 square feet and 39,999 square feet in area: Not more than 50 mature female crowing fowl and 10 mature male crowing fowl is allowed for the use of the occupants of the premises.
  • Lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 100 mature female crowing fowl and 20 mature male crowing fowl allowed for the use of the occupants of the premises.

The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

Subject to the provisions of Section 18.28b, the number of mature crowing fowl may be increased up to 50% over each (male and female) of the permitted numbers.

W-2 Zone:

Less than 1 Acre:

The keeping or raising of not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl on lots or parcels not less than 20,000 square feet for the use of the occupants of the premises. The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

1 Acre or greater:

The keeping or raising of not more than 50 mature female crowing fowl and 10 mature male crowing fowl on lots or parcels not less than 1 acre for the use of the occupants of the premises. The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use.

Subject to the provisions of Section 18.28b, the number of mature crowing fowl may be increased up to 50% over each (male and female) of the permitted numbers.

R-D Zone:

The keeping and raising of crowing fowl is allowed for the use of the occupants of the premises only pursuant to the following requirements. Number of crowing fowl allowed:

  • Lots between 20,000 square feet and 39,999 square feet in area: Not more than 12 mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) allowed.
  • Lots 40,000 square feet or greater: Not more than 50 mature female crowing fowl and 10 mature male crowing fowl allowed for the use of the occupants.

The crowing fowl shall be kept in an enclosed area located not less than 20 feet from any property line and not less than 50 feet from any residence and shall be maintained on the rear portion of the lot in conjunction with a residential use. 

Subject to the provisions of Section 18.28b, the number of mature crowing fowl may be increased up to 50% over each (male and female) of the permitted numbers.


For more information see also: Section 18.28b. Crowing fowl permit.

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