|Are chickens allowed in Gorham?||Yes|
|How many chickens can you have?||6 to 25 (depending on lot size)|
|Can you have roosters in Gorham?||No (unless your property is larger than 6 acres)|
|Chicken coop placement rules:||No official rules|
|Application process:||Permit required|
|More information:||Gorham Town Codes|
If the idea of raising chickens in Gorham appeals to you, take the time to understand the rules and regulations involved.
Number of Chickens
- On a lot with a lot area of less than 20,000 square feet, six (6) chickens may be kept.
- On a lot with a lot area between 20,000 square feet and 40,000 square feet, up to ten (10) chickens may be kept.
- On a lot with a lot area greater than 40,000 square feet, twenty-five (25) chickens may be kept.
Roosters: Roosters are not allowed on properties with a lot area of less than 6 acres.
- All chickens must be kept in an enclosure or fenced area at all times. This requirement can be met through the use of a mobile enclosure.
- The coop must be large enough to provide adequate space for the chickens to move around and roost.
- The coop must also be kept clean and dry, and must have a nesting box for each chicken.
- All chicken manure and waste must be properly disposed of. Manure can be composted or stored in a covered container.
- Manure should not be stored in large quantities and should be removed from the property on a regular basis.
- Chickens must not be allowed to run loose in the neighborhood.
- Chickens must not be a nuisance to neighbors.
- Chickens must be kept in a healthy condition.
Over the years, cities can modify the regulations regarding backyard chickens. It’s important to reach out to Gorham officials for the most up-to-date information because of this.
See other Maine chicken ordinances.
Last updated: 06/06/2023