St. Petersburg Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in St. Petersburg?Yes
How many chickens can you have?10
Can you have roosters in St. Petersburg?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops in backyard, 5 feet from property lines, and 15 feet from other dwellings.
Application process:No permit required
More information:St. Petersburg municipal code

For a densely populated area, St. Petersburg is surprisingly permissive of backyard chicken keeping.

Backyard chicken regulations in St. Petersburg include:

  • Allowed chickens. St. Petersburg residents are permitted to keep up to 10 chickens on their property.
  • Rooster prohibition. In order to minimize noise complaints in residential areas, roosters are not allowed.
  • Coop placement and dimensions. Chicken coops must be situated in the rear yard, at least 15 feet away from neighboring residential structures, and no closer than 5 feet from side or rear property lines.
  • Coop sanitation and maintenance. To avoid nuisances such as foul smells or pest issues, chicken coops must be clean, dry, and well-ventilated.
  • Permit requirement. Residents who want to raise backyard chickens in St. Petersburg do not have to get a permit, as long as they follow the rules of the city code.
  • Health and safety regulation adherence. Backyard chicken keepers must comply with health and safety rules, including any regulations related to the sale of eggs or meat.

To ensure compliance with local ordinances, refer to the most recent guidelines and contact the appropriate authorities in St. Petersburg, Florida, about backyard chicken keeping.

See other Florida chicken ordinances.

Last modified: 4/17/23