Detroit Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Detroit?Yes
How many chickens can you have?6
Can you have roosters in Detroit?No
Chicken coop placement rules:At least 20 feet away from neighboring homes and 10 feet away from any property line
Application process:Permit required
More information:Detroit City Code

Detroit has a growing urban gardening scene, and part of that scene involves keeping chickens for eggs. Here’s a summary of the laws related to backyard chicken keeping in Detroit, Michigan:

  • The City of Detroit allows residents to keep chickens on their property as long as they follow certain regulations.
  • A maximum of 6 chickens are allowed per household, but roosters are prohibited.
  • Chicken coops and runs must be located at least 20 feet away from neighboring homes and 10 feet away from any property line.
  • Chicken coops and runs must be predator-proof and provide at least 4 square feet of space per chicken.
  • Chicken owners must keep their coops and runs clean and sanitary and dispose of chicken waste properly.
  • Chicken owners are not allowed to slaughter chickens on their property.
  • Chicken owners must obtain a permit from the city and comply with any additional zoning or health regulations that apply to their property.
  • Violations of these regulations can result in fines and/or the revocation of the chicken-keeping permit.

It’s important for residents of Detroit who want to keep chickens to obtain the necessary permit and follow these regulations to ensure the health and safety of their chickens and to avoid legal issues.

See other Michigan chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 3/18/23