Buffalo Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Buffalo?Yes
How many chickens can you have?5
Can you have roosters in Buffalo?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops provide at least 2 square feet per hen; no more than 32 square feet. At least 20 feet from any door or window of a building and in rear yard.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Buffalo City Code

Embark on your chicken-raising journey in Buffalo by familiarizing yourself with the essential rules and regulations.

  • Number of Chickens: Residents are allowed to keep up to 5 chicken hens in their backyards.
  • Restrictions in Multifamily Complexes: Chicken hens are not allowed in multifamily complexes, including duplexes, without the owner’s express written consent and all tenants residing in the building other than the applicant.
  • Neighbor Consent: Chicken hens are not allowed without the express written consent of all residents residing on property adjacent to that of the applicant.
  • Rooster Prohibition: No roosters are allowed. Only chicken hens are permitted.
  • Coop and Enclosure Requirements: Chicken hens must be kept in a coop and a fenced outdoor enclosure.
  • Coop Specifications: The coop must be a covered, predator-resistant, well-ventilated structure providing a minimum of 2 square feet per chicken hen.
  • Outdoor Enclosure: The outdoor enclosure must be adequately fenced to contain the chicken hens and protect them from predators.
  • Maintenance of Coop and Enclosure: The coop and outdoor enclosure must be kept clean, dry, and sanitary at all times.
  • Size Limitations: The total area of all coops or cages on a lot shall not exceed 32 square feet for up to 5 chicken hens. Coops and cages, whether used individually or in combination, shall not exceed a height of 7 feet.

Stay informed about backyard chicken rules in Buffalo by reaching out to local officials for the most recent information.

See other New York chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/25/24