Tampa Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Tampa?Yes
How many chickens can you have?One per 1,000 square feet
Can you have roosters in Tampa?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops in backyard and five feet from lot lines and 15 feet from structures.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Tampa municipal code

Get out your measuring tape — the number of chickens you can have in Tampa depends on the size of your property.

The backyard chicken regulations in Tampa are as follows:

  • Allowed chickens. Tampa residents are permitted to keep one chicken per 1,000 square feet of land on their property.
  • Rooster restriction. Roosters are prohibited to minimize noise-related disturbances in residential areas.
  • Coop positioning and dimensions. Chicken coops must be placed in the rear yard, with a minimum of 15 feet between the coop and neighboring residences and a distance of at least 5 feet from any side or rear property lines.
  • Coop maintenance and sanitation. Chicken coop upkeep is essential to avoid health risks and nuisances such as unpleasant odors or pest infestations. Coops should be kept clean, dry, and well-ventilated.
  • Permitting. Tampa residents who wish to raise backyard chickens must get a proper permit.
  • Adherence to health and safety regulations. Those who raise backyard chickens must comply with health and safety rules, including any regulations governing the sale of eggs or meat.

To ensure compliance with local ordinances, consult the most recent guidelines and contact the appropriate authorities in Tampa, Florida, about backyard chicken keeping.

See other Florida chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/26/24