Portland Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Portland?Yes
How many chickens can you have?4
Can you have roosters in Portland?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 10 feet from residences.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Portland City Code

Considering raising chickens in Portland? Take the time to learn about the rules and regulations that apply to make sure you’re following them. 

  • Permitted Number of Chickens: Residents of Portland, Maine, are allowed to keep up to four chickens per lot.
  • No roosters are allowed in Portland, Maine. 
  • Coop Requirements: The chicken coop must have a minimum of 4 square feet per chicken.
  • Coop Location: The coop must be situated at least 10 feet away from any residential structure. Chickens must be kept in a clean and sanitary coop.
  • Restriction on Roaming: Chickens are not permitted to roam freely and must be kept in a secure area at all times.

Additional Information 

  • Hen houses can only be located in rear yards. 
  • Only motion-activated lighting may be used for the exterior of the coop.

Backyard chicken regulations in cities can change over time. To stay updated, it’s vital to reach out to Portland officials for the most recent information.

See other Maine chicken ordinances

Last updated: 06/06/2023