Springfield Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Springfield?Yes
How many chickens can you have?No total limit (requirements by flock size)
Can you have roosters in Springfield?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 50 feet from property lines.
Application process:Permit required for larger flocks
More information:Springfield City Codes

If you’re thinking about keeping chickens in Springfield, it’s necessary to educate yourself about the specific rules and regulations that pertain to this activity.

Keeping 6 or fewer chickens:

  • Residents are allowed to keep up to six chickens per tract of land.
  • Roosters are not allowed to be kept.
  • Chickens must be kept in a secured enclosure or fenced area at all times.
  • During non-daylight hours, chickens must be secured within a henhouse or chicken tractor.
  • Enclosures must be kept clean, dry, odor-free, neat, and sanitary at all times.
  • Henhouses and chicken tractors must be enclosed on all sides, with a roof and doors.
  • Henhouses, chicken tractors, and chicken pens must be located only in the defined rear of the property according to zoning code requirements.
  • Chickens, guineas, geese, ducks, turkeys, or other domestic fowl must not be allowed to run at large, except on premises owned or controlled by the owner.

Keeping more than six chickens:

  • If you wish to keep more than six chickens, there are additional requirements to follow.
  • Each chicken must have a minimum enclosure size of 12 square feet.
  • The enclosure must be located at least 50 feet away from any neighboring buildings.
  • A battery located in a building or structure cannot contain more than 25 chickens.
  • If you have more than 24 chickens, the battery must be situated more than 25 feet away from neighboring buildings.

The regulations governing backyard chickens in Springfield may be revised over time, making it important to contact city officials to stay updated on the latest information.

See other Missouri chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 7/1/23