Tupelo Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Tupelo?Yes
How many chickens can you have?No official limits (check with city)
Can you have roosters in Tupelo?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 250 feet from any home and in an open area of at least 1 acre.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Tupelo Code of Ordinances

If you’re considering raising chickens in Tupelo, you should educate yourself about these rules and regulations.

The City of Tupelo has established the following rules and regulations for backyard chicken keeping.

  • Chickens permitted. In Tupelo, Mississippi, residents are allowed to keep chickens in their backyard if they can meet the space requirements.
  • Rooster restrictions. Residents are not permitted to keep roosters in their backyard.
  • Area. Chickens must be kept in an open area of at least one (1) acre, with no part of the area lying within two hundred fifty (250) feet of any residence
  • Coop guidelines. Chickens must be kept penned in such a manner as to restrict the movement of such chicken completely to the penned area. No such penned area shall exceed two hundred (200) square feet in size nor violate health regulations.
  • Cleanliness. Chickens must be kept in a clean and sanitary coop.
  • No Free Roaming. Residents are not allowed to let their chickens roam free.

Over the years, cities can change their rules about having chickens in backyards. That’s why it’s important to contact Tupelo officials to get the most recent information.

See other Mississippi chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 06/21/23