Chicago Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Chicago?Yes
How many chickens can you have?No limit
Can you have roosters in Chicago?Yes
Chicken coop placement rules:N/A
Application process:No permit required
More information:Department of Planning and Development (for info on urban farming regulations)

The Windy City isn’t too windy for our feathered friends. Here’s a summary of the laws related to backyard chicken keeping in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Chicago, Illinois allows residents to keep chickens on their property for non-commercial purposes.
  • Chicken coops should be designed to prevent the escape of chickens and must be predator-proof.
  • Roosters are allowed in Chicago.
  • Chicken owners are not allowed to sell eggs or meat produced by their chickens.
  • Chickens must be provided with a clean and sanitary environment, including clean water and food, and adequate shelter from the elements.
  • Chicken owners are responsible for maintaining their coop and keeping it clean to prevent the accumulation of waste and pests.
  • The city may conduct inspections of chicken coops if a complaint arises.

See other Illinois chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/23/24