Nicholasville Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Nicholasville?Yes
How many chickens can you have?No official limits
Can you have roosters in Nicholasville?No
Chicken coop placement rules:No official rules
Application process:Permit required
More information:Nicholasville Zoning Ordinance

You need to make sure your chickens are secured, but beyond that, the rules for keeping chickens in Nicholasville are fairly lax.

See below for additional information about the chicken ordinance in Nicholasville.

  • Application for a permit. Individuals wanting to keep backyard chickens in Nicholasville may need to apply for a permit.
  • Determination of poultry types. As a rule, hens are permitted within city limits, while roosters, due to their noisier nature, are often not allowed. But this will depend on zoning and your neighbors.
  • Limitations on chicken numbers. The city does not place an official limit on the total number of chickens that can be kept.
  • Standards for chicken housing. Adequate housing, which includes a secure, clean, and well-ventilated structure, is typically required for chickens.
  • Location of chicken coops. The city usually requires chicken coops to be placed a reasonable distance from neighboring properties and homes, but this rule is not spelled out in the city code.
  • Sanitation requirements. To prevent potential public health risks and ensure the chickens’ health, regular cleaning of the chicken coop and its surroundings is mandatory.
  • Prohibition on chicken slaughter. Slaughtering chickens within city limits is generally not allowed.
  • Adherence to Homeowners’ Association regulations. If the property falls within the jurisdiction of a Homeowners’ Association, additional rules or restrictions may apply. It’s advised to review the HOA guidelines before acquiring chickens.

To get the most recent information on raising chickens in Nicholasville, contact your local government.

See other Kentucky chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 5/10/23