Minot Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Minot?Yes
How many chickens can you have?4
Can you have roosters in Minot?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops in rear yard and with 3-foot setback from any other premises.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Minot City Code

Explore the possibilities of chicken rearing in Minot! They weren’t always allowed, but now, you can keep a small backyard flock in this city:

  • Allowed Zones: The city of Minot permits the keeping of chickens. More than the residential limit of 4 may be allowed in commercial and agricultural zones. 
  • Maximum Number of Hens: You can have up to 4 hens per property in Minot, with the proper permit.
  • Chicken enclosure: Coops 4 to 10 square feet per hen and not more than 6 feet tall. Runs at least 10 square feet per chicken.
  • No Free-Ranging Chickens: It is important to note that chickens are not allowed to run at large within the city limits of Minot. This means you must ensure that your chickens are properly confined to your property and not permitted to roam freely.
  • Permit Requirement: If you wish to keep chickens in Minot, obtaining a permit from the city is necessary. 
  • Preventing Chickens from Running at Large: It is unlawful for chicken owners, keepers, or custodians to permit or allow their chickens or other domestic fowl to run freely beyond the boundaries of their property within the city limits. 

Minot might update its rules on backyard chickens, so consult city officials for the most recent information.

See other North Dakota chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/24/24