Gorham Chicken Laws

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.

Coop Requirements

  • 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.

Waste Disposal

  • 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.

Other Requirements

  • 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