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Keeping Chickens in Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington

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 lists below.


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Utah

If you plan keeping chickens in Utah, bear in mind the following local laws and ordinances for all Utah chicken keepers:

Cities and Counties in Utah that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • American Fork – No limit on numbers, permit required.
  • Brigham City – Up to 6 hens.
  • Elk Ridge – Maximum 6 birds, permit required.
  • Iron County – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Logan – No limit on numbers.
  • Midvale – Up to 8 depending on plot size, permit required.
  • Moab – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Orem – up to 20 birds, permit required.
  • Pleasant Grove – Maximum 12 birds, permit required.
  • Provo – up to 6 birds depending on plot size, permit required.
  • Riverton – 20 birds per half acre, roosters allowed.
  • Salt lake City – Up to 15 hens, permit required.
  • Salt Lake County – up to 50 hens.
  • Sandy – Up to 10 birds allowed.
  • St George – Up to 16, depending on size of plot.
  • Taylorsville – Numbers depend on size of lot; permit required.
  • West Jordon – up to 5 hens and 5 chicks, permit required.
  • West Valley City – No limit on numbers.

Locations in Utah Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Ogden

Vermont

Chicken keepers in Vermont are subject to various local laws and ordinances. Anyone wishing to keep chickens in Vermont's cities should take a look at the following list:

Cities in Vermont that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Bristol Town – no limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Burlington – maximum 6 hens per household.
  • Hinesburg – no limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • South Burlington – maximums six hens.
  • Winooski – up to 10 hens allowed, permit required.

Virginia

If you plan keeping chickens in Virginia, bear in mind the following local laws and ordinances for all Virginia chicken keepers:

Cities and Counties in Virginia that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Alexandria – No limit on numbers.
  • Arlington – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Ashburn – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Blacksburg – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Botetourt County – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Charlottesville – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Cheasapeake – No limit on numbers.
  • Dayton – No limit on numbers.
  • Falls Church – Maximum seven ‘companion’ animals (chickens and others) in total.
  • Glen Allen – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Henrico County – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Herndon – Maximum one hen.
  • Loudoun County – No limit on numbers, permit required.
  • Lynchburg – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Norfolk – No limit on number, permit required.
  • Oakton – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Petersburg – Maximum 20, roosters allowed.
  • Reston – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Richmond – Maximum 4 hens, no roosters.
  • Roanoke County – Maximum 6 hens.
  • Roanoke – 10 hens on plots under 20,000 sq ft (40 in agricultural zones), roosters allowed.
  • Spotsylvania – No limit on numbers.
  • Troutville – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Vinton – Maximum 6 hens, permit required.
  • Virginia Beach – No limit on numbers.
  • Warrenton – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.

Cities in Virginia Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Christianburg
  • Fredericksburg

Washington

Chicken keepers in Washington are subject to various local laws and ordinances. Anyone wishing to keep chickens in Wshington's cities and counties should take a look at the following list:

Counties and Cities in Washington that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • King County – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Polk County – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Spokane County – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Bellevue – Up to six.
  • Bellingham – No number restrictions, roosters allowed.
  • Bothell – Up to eight hens.
  • Bremerton – Up to five hens, permit required.
  • Brier – No number restrictions, roosters allowed.
  • Burlington – No number limits.
  • Coulee City – Up to 12, roosters allowed.
  • Coupeville – No number restrictions, roosters allowed.
  • Duvall – No number restrictions, permit required.
  • Edmonds – Up to three birds allowed.
  • Ellensburg – Up to four hens, with at least 10 sq feet per bird.
  • Everett – Up to six, permits available for greater numbers.
  • Gig Harbor – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Goldendale – No number restrictions, permit required.
  • Green Acres - No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Kennewick – Up to three, permit required.
  • Kent – Up to three hens.
  • Kirkland – Up to ten birds, roosters allowed.
  • Lacey – 20 per acre, roosters allowed.
  • Lake Forest Park - Eight for the first 10000 sq feet, one additional hen for every additional 2500 sq feet.
  • Lake Stevens – No number restrictions.
  • Lakewood – Up to 16 per acre.
  • Leavenworth – No number restrictions, permit required.
  • Longview – No number limits.
  • Lynnwood – No number restrictions, rooster allowed.
  • Marysville – No number restrictions, roosters allowed.
  • Mercer Island – Not more than one hen every 500 sq feet.
  • Mill Creek – Six hens, on a minimum 7200 sq foot plot. The animal allowance applies to numbers of chickens and rabbits combined.
  • Mukilteo – Up to four, depending on plot size.
  • Mountlake Terrace – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Oak Harbor - No number restrictions.
  • Puyallup – No number limits.
  • Redmond – Up to ten on lots larger than half an acre.
  • Renton – Three hens per 6000 sq feet.
  • Sammamish - No number restrictions, permit required.
  • Seahurst – No number restrictions, but no more than three if plot less than half an acre. Roosters allowed.
  • Seattle – Up to eight, more with special permission, otherwise no permit required.
  • Shoreline – No number restrictions.
  • Snohomish – Up to five, in a plot greater than 5000 sq feet.
  • Spokane – One bird per 2000 sq feet.
  • Tacoma – Up to six hens.
  • Vancouver – No number restrictions.
  • Walla Walla – Up to 50, roosters allowed.
  • Wenatchee – 12 hens per acre.
  • Woodinville – Up to three, on a minimum of one acre.

Cities in Washington Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Ferndale
  • Fife

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