Fayetteville Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Fayetteville?Yes
How many chickens can you have?4 on lots smaller than 5,000 square feet; 20 on larger lots
Can you have roosters in Fayetteville?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops 25 feet from neighbors and 10 from property lines.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Fayetteville Urban Agriculture FAQ

In Fayetteville, Arkansas, backyard chickens are allowed under specific conditions:

  • Number of chickens. Residents are allowed to keep up to 20 chickens on their property if they have a lot size of 5,000 square feet or more. For lots smaller than 5,000 square feet, the number of chickens is limited to 4.
  • Roosters. Roosters are not permitted due to noise concerns.
  • Coop size and location. Chicken coops must be located at least 25 feet away from any neighboring residences. Coops should also be at least 10 feet away from any side or rear lot lines.
  • Sanitation and maintenance. Proper sanitation and maintenance of chicken coops are essential to prevent health hazards and nuisances, such as odors or pests. Coops must be kept clean, dry, and well-ventilated.
  • Permits and licensing. Residents must obtain an annual permit from the city to keep backyard chickens. The permit fee is $15.
  • Health and safety regulations. Backyard chicken owners should comply with health and safety regulations, including those related to the sale of eggs or meat.

Always consult the most recent regulations and contact the relevant authorities in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to ensure you are in compliance with the current laws related to keeping backyard chickens.

See other Arkansas chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/5/23