Columbus Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Columbus?Yes
How many chickens can you have?4
Can you have roosters in Columbus?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least five feet from neighboring property lines and 20 feet from neighboring residences or businesses
Application process:Permit required
More information:City of Columbus Public Health

Want to keep some chickens in your backyard in Columbus? You’re in luck. Here are the laws related to backyard chicken keeping in Columbus, Ohio:

  • A permit is required to keep chickens in Columbus, and the permit fee is $50.
  • Residents are allowed to keep up to four chickens, but no roosters are permitted.
  • Chickens must be kept in a secure enclosure or coop that is at least 20 feet from any residence or business other than the owner’s.
  • Coops must be kept clean and in good repair, and the chickens must have access to adequate food, water, and protection from the elements.
  • Chickens cannot be slaughtered or sold on the property where they are kept.
  • Manure must be composted or disposed of properly and cannot create a nuisance or attract rodents or other pests.
  • Failure to comply with these regulations may result in a citation and fine.

It’s important to note that these regulations apply specifically to the city of Columbus and may differ in other parts of Ohio.

See other Ohio chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 3/18/23