Covington Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Covington?Yes
How many chickens can you have?8 (more on some larger properties)
Can you have roosters in Covington?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 100 feet from other homes.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Covington Municipal Code

Thanks to a 2022 ordinance, Covington residents can now raise backyard chickens.

Here’s everything you need to know about the rules for raising chickens in your backyard in Covington. 

  • Permit for raising chickens. A permit is generally required for Covington residents wishing to keep backyard chickens.
  • Permitted poultry. Hens are typically permitted within the city limits, while roosters are usually not due to noise issues.
  • Limit on the number of chickens. Properties of less than a half acre in size can house up to eight hens. Larger properties may be allowed more chickens.
  • Specifications for chicken coops. A secure, clean, and well-ventilated structure is required for housing the chickens.
  • Placement of chicken coops. Regulations usually specify that coops must be located at least 100 feet away from neighboring homes and properties.
  • Cleanliness requirements. Maintaining cleanliness in and around the chicken coop is crucial to ensure the health of the chickens and prevent potential health hazards.
  • Restrictions on slaughtering. The city generally prohibits the slaughtering of chickens within the city limits.
  • Homeowners’ Association guidelines. If the property falls under a Homeowners’ Association, additional rules or restrictions may apply. It’s recommended to review HOA guidelines before acquiring chickens.

Contact your local government for the most current information on raising chickens in Covington.

See other Kentucky chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 5/10/23