Keeping Chickens in California, Colorado, Conneticut

Local laws relating to coop/pen size, proximity to residences and roads, noise, sanitation, and zoning restrictions apply in all cities and counties. You’ll also need to check with the local home owner's association, if one exists in the area you’re living in. Many cities require the chickens to be penned at all times. Where roosters are allowed, and where a permit is required to keep poultry, this is mentioned in the list below.


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California

Chicken keeping in California is easier in some cities than others. We've pieced together some of the basic rules and regulations for California chicken keepers in the following list:

California Counties and Cities that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Alameda County – Generally, up to three, any more than that requires a permit.
  • El Dorado County – Chickens allowed, including roosters, no number restrictions, but zoning laws apply.
  • Riverside County – Chickens allowed, including roosters, kept on a back lot.
  • Sonoma County – Up to 20, depending on plot size, no permit required.
  • Adelanto – One every 1800 sq feet, up to a maximum of five and one rooster. No permit required.
  • Alameda City – Up to six, no permit required. Up to 20 subject to zoning and local inspection. Roosters allowed, noise ordinances apply.
  • Alhambra – Up to 15, and 50 chicks under 4 months of age (no roosters over three months).No permit required.
  • Anaheim – One hen per 1800 sq feet, no permit required.
  • Antioch – Up to ten, roosters allowed, no permit required.
  • Bakersfield – No number restrictions, roosters allowed, no permit required.
  • Baldwin Park – Up to three in restricted zone, no permit required.
  • Barstow – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • Bellflower – Up to 25, no permit required.
  • Bell Gardens – Up to two, no permit required.
  • Berkeley – No number restrictions, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Bernicia – Up to six, no permit required.
  • Brea – Up to 20, roosters allowed, no permit required.
  • Brentwood – Up to 24, no permit required.
  • Buena Park – No limit and no permit required.
  • Campbell – Up to six, no permit required. Special permission may be sought for up to 50 hens.
  • Carlsbad – No number restrictions, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Carmichael – No number restrictions, roosters allowed.
  • Chico – One hen per 250 sq feet, no permit required.
  • Concord – Up to 12, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Culver City – No limit stated, but permit required. Roosters allowed.
  • Cupertino – No number limits, but strict zoning laws.
  • Danville – Number allowed depends on zoning laws. Roosters allowed, no permit required.
  • Davis – Up to six small animals, including chickens.
  • Downey – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • Dublin – No number restrictions, no permit required for plots smaller than 1000 sq feet.
  • Elk Grove – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • Emeryville – Up to five, limited to certain zones, no permit required.
  • Eureka – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • Fairfax – No number restrictions or permits required, but subject to very specific zoning. Roosters allowed.
  • Fairfield – No permit required. Up to three allowed on lots up to one acre. There are no restrictions on larger plots.
  • Fremont – Keeping two hens requires no permit. The number of hens allowed with a permit depends on plot size (e.g. 4 on 6000 sq feet, 20 on half an acre). One rooster allowed on plots of half an acre or more.
  • Fresno – Up to 24 depending on zone and plot, no permit required.
  • Fullerton – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • Gardena – Allowed, but subject to zone restrictions.
  • Garden Grove – Up to four, no permit required.
  • Gridley – Up to four, no permit required.
  • Hayward – Permit required, and number of hens depends on plot size. Chickens cannot be kept in most residential areas.
  • Hawthorne – Up to 10.
  • Hesperia – Two fowl per 3500 sq feet, with a 25 per acre limit, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Huntington Beach – Up to six.
  • Lakewood – Up to five.
  • La Mesa – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • La Mirada – 12 per 10000 sq feet, roosters allowed, no permit required.
  • Lancaster – Up to 12, no permit required.
  • La Puente – 20 hens per 10000 sq feet, no permit required.
  • Livermore – Up to 10, with at least three sq foot per bird.
  • Long Beach – Up to 20 depending on plot size, no permit required.
  • Los Altos – One hen per 1000 sq feet, no permit required.
  • Los Angeles – Numbers allowed depend on zones, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Manteca – Up to six small animals allowed, including chickens. No roosters, permit not required.
  • Modesto – Up to 12 hens, subject to zoning laws, no permit required.
  • Mountain View – Up to four hens.
  • Napa – Up to six, no permit required.
  • Newark – Up to four, no permit required.
  • Nipomo – Chickens allowed, including roosters, no number restrictions.
  • Norwalk – No number restrictions, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Oakland – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • Orange – Up to five, no permit.
  • Orinda – No official limit on the number of hens, and no permit required.
  • Palo Alto – Up to six hens.
  • Paradise – Numbers subject to size of plot, no permit required.
  • Pasadena – Up to ten, no permit required.
  • Petaluma – Numbers depend on the zone and size of plot.
  • Piedmont – No restrictions on numbers, no permit required.
  • Pittsburg – No number restrictions, no permit required.
  • Pleasant Hill – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed, no permit required.
  • Poway – No permit required, roosters allowed. The maximum number of birds depends on the size of the plot.
  • Rancho Cucamonga – No number restrictions, dependant on plot size, no permit required.
  • Redding – Number of birds limited by plot size, no permit required.
  • Redwood City – Up to three, no permit required.
  • Richmond - Lancaster – No number restrictions, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Roseville – Up to ten fowl in total, no permit required; although special permits are available for larger plots.
  • Sacramento – No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • San Diego – Up to 25, depending on plot size and zone. No roosters, no permit required.
  • San Francisco – Up to four, roosters allowed, no permit required.
  • San Jose – Up to six without a permit, up to 20 with a permit.
  • San Luis Obispo – Chickens allowed: up to 20, no permit required; more than 20 only allowed in certain zones; more than 100 requires a permit. Roosters allowed.
  • San Marcos – Up to four birds, no permit required.
  • San Mateo – Up to 10 birds, depending on plot size, with a minimum plot requirement of 2500 sq feet. No permit required.
  • Santa Barbara – No limit on numbers, but zoning restrictions. No permit required.
  • Santa Clara – No limit on numbers, but zoning restrictions apply.
  • Santa Clarita – No permit needed, but the number of hens kept is restricted by the size of the plot.
  • Santa Cruz – Up to ten, roosters allowed, no permit.
  • Santa Fe Springs – Up to 12 in designated areas, roosters allowed but subject to noise ordinances.
  • Santa Monica – No number restrictions, roosters allowed.
  • Santa Rosa – Up to 30, depending on size of plot, no permit required.
  • Stockton – Zoning laws apply, but there are no general number restrictions and no permit required.
  • Sunnyvale – Zoning laws apply, but there are no general number restrictions and no permit required.
  • Temecula – A limit of two hens, no permit required.
  • Victorville – No birds allowed on land under half an acre, three allowed on larger plots.
  • Walnut Creek – Up to three.
  • Woodland – Up to six allowed, no permit required.

California Locations that Prohibit the Keeping of Poultry

  • Beverly Hills
  • Cerritos
  • Durham
  • Gilroy
  • Hawaiian Gardens
  • La Palma
  • New Castle
  • Riverbank
  • Rohnert Park
  • San Clemente
  • San Gabriel
  • San Jacinto
  • West Hollywood

Colorado

If you're keeping chickens in the State of Colorado, you'll need to read up on the local laws and ordinances regarding chicken keeping in the various Colorado counties and cities. Here's a heads-up:

Cities in Colorado that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Aurora – maximum 4 birds, permit required.
  • Boulder – 50 per acre maximum.
  • Colorado Springs – maximum 10 birds.
  • Denver – no limit to number of birds, permit required.
  • El Paso – no limits in some zones, roosters allowed in some zones.
  • Fort Collins – maximum 6 birds, permit required.
  • Grand Junction – maximum 6 on less than half an acre, up to 15 on larger plots, roosters allowed.
  • Longmont – maximum 4 hens, permit required.
  • Lousville – no limit to number of birds.
  • Loveland – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • New Castle – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • Silt – Maximum 3 birds, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Wheat Ridge – no limit to number of birds.

Locations in Colorado Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Dacono
  • Glenwood
  • Montville
  • Rifle

Connecticut

Chickens keeping in the State of Connecticut is subject to local laws and regulations. Anyone who wishes to keep chickens in Connecticut's counties and cities should take a look at this list first:

Cities in Connecticut that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Avon – No maximum number.
  • Berlin – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Bethel – 50 hens per 40,000 sq ft, permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Bridgeport – No maximum number, permit required.
  • Bristol – Maximum 12 hens.
  • Cheshire – No maximum number.
  • East Granby – Maximum 30 hens.
  • East Haven – Maximum 20 birds on less than 2 acres, no limits on plots bigger than 2 acres, roosters allowed.
  • Hamden – Maximum 6 hens, permit required.
  • Lebanon – Up to 200 hens, depending on plot size.
  • Mansfield – No maximum number.
  • Meriden – No maximum number.
  • Middletown – No maximum number.
  • New Haven – Maximum 6 hens.
  • Newington – No maximum number.
  • Plainfield – No maximum number.
  • Shelton – No maximum number.
  • Simsbury – Maximum 12 hens.
  • Stamford – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Westport – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Winchester and Winsted – Maximum 20 chickens, roosters allowed.
  • Windham County – No maximum number, but local laws apply; roosters allowed.

Cities in Connecticut Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Danbury
  • Enfield
  • Hartford
  • Suffield

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Comments

Yolanda, 22 February 2021

Can I have chickens in Woodlake?


Joe, 15 May 2020

I am trying to find rules and regulations on keeping chickens in a mobile home park in Sacramento California. Thanks in advance


Chrissy, 9 May 2020

OMG ...IF YOUR LANDLORD TELLS YOU NO … YOU CAN NOT KEEP CHICKENS ...IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE LAW IS...MANY LANDLORD TELL YOU NO PETS DOGS CATS BUT EVERYONE KNOWS THE LAW IS OK WITH A PET DOG OR CAT BUT YOUR SHIT OUT OF LUCK IF THE LANDLORD TELLS YOU NO.


Jesus, 26 March 2020

Need all the info you can provide for keeping chickens in a residential house...your landlord said we couldn't but I see that in LA we could


Raven, 15 May 2019

By backlot do you mean BACKYARD? Because a yard and a lot are not the same thing fyi.

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