Grand Rapids Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Grand Rapids?Yes
How many chickens can you have?4 to 6 (depending on lot size)
Can you have roosters in Grand Rapids?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 10 feet from property lines.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Grand Rapids municipal code

Before starting to raise chickens in Grand Rapids, it’s crucial to gain knowledge about the rules and regulations that govern this activity.

  • The City of Grand Rapids allows residents to keep up to 4 chickens on a lot less than 5,000 sq. feet, and up to 6 chickens on a lot of 5,000 sq. feet or more in size.
  • Roosters are prohibited in Grand Rapids.
  • Chickens must be kept in a coop or fenced enclosure in the rear yard of the property.
  • The coop must be at least 6 square feet per chicken and the enclosure must be at least 10 feet from any lot line.
  • Chicken feed must be stored in rodent-proof containers.


  • Live in a single-family or two-family home.
  • Have a lot that is at least 3,800 square feet in size.
  • Obtain a permit from the City Manager or his/her designee.

Permit Denial Happens If: 

  • The applicant’s property is located in a floodplain or other area that is not suitable for chicken keeping.
  • The applicant has a history of animal neglect or cruelty.

It is possible for cities to change their rules on backyard chickens over time. That’s why it’s important to contact Grand Rapids officials for the most up-to-date information.

See other Michigan chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 06/11/2023