Eugene Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Eugene?Yes
How many chickens can you have?Up to 6
Can you have roosters in Eugene?No
Chicken coop placement rules:At least 10 feet from all property lines
Application process:A permit may be required
More information:Eugene City Code

Thinking of starting your own backyard chicken farm in Eugene? Familiarize yourself with these important do’s and don’ts.

  • Number of Chickens: Residents are allowed to keep up to 6 chickens and domestic fowl over six months of age. Additionally, residents can keep up to 6 of any combination of chickens and domestic fowl under six months of age.
  • Roosters and Other Animals Restricted: Roosters, geese, peacocks, and turkeys are prohibited from being kept in residential areas.
  • Land Requirements: The permitted land usage for chickens is 1,000 square feet per animal. This space allows for the proper accommodation and well-being of the chickens.
  • Enclosure Specifications: Chickens are required to be kept inside enclosures that provide shelter from the weather. The enclosure should have a roof and at least two solid sides to offer adequate protection.
  • Distance from Property Lines: Chicken enclosures must be located at least 10 feet away from all property lines, ensuring sufficient space between the chickens and neighboring properties. However, with written authorization from an adjacent property owner, the enclosure may be closer to the neighbor’s property.

Stay ahead of the game by contacting Eugene officials for the most recent updates on backyard chicken rules in your area.

See other Oregon chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 010/28/2023