New Jersey Chicken Laws

Here is a summary of the laws and regulations related to keeping backyard chickens in New Jersey:

  • Zoning laws vary by municipality, so it is important to check with the local zoning office to determine whether backyard chickens are permitted and if there are any restrictions or permit requirements.
  • Backyard chicken keepers must follow guidelines for humane treatment of animals, including providing proper food, water, shelter, and medical care.
  • The maximum number of chickens allowed per household also varies by municipality, and some areas may have restrictions on the types of chickens allowed (e.g. roosters may be prohibited due to noise complaints).
  • Backyard chicken coops must be kept clean and sanitary, and should be located away from neighboring properties to avoid disturbing others.
  • Backyard chickens may not be sold or used for commercial purposes without a license.

It is important for backyard chicken keepers in New Jersey to do their research and follow all applicable laws and regulations to ensure the health and safety of their birds and avoid any legal issues.

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Last updated: 4/25/24