Cranston Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Cranston?Yes
How many chickens can you have?Up to 10 (based on the lot size)
Can you have roosters in Cranston?Yes (maximum of 1; distance requirements)
Chicken coop placement rules:Coops at least 20 feet from neighboring residential structures and in the side or rear yard.
Application process:Permit may be required
More information:Cranston City Code

If you’re intrigued by the prospect of raising chickens in Cranston, there’s more to discover beyond the confines of rules and regulations.

  • Number of Chickens: The number of chickens you can keep is based on the size of your lot. You can keep one hen per every 800 square feet of open lot area, up to 10 chickens.
  • Roosters: Roosters are allowed in Cranston, but they must be kept at least 150 feet from any other home. You may only keep one rooster.
  • Location of Coop and Run: The coop and run must be located in your property’s backyard or side yard. They cannot be located on the part of the property that directly abuts a main road or street.
  • Distance from Neighboring Properties: The coop and run must be at least 20 feet from any residential structure on an adjacent property.
  • Coop Requirements: The coop must be protected from the elements, inclement weather, and predators. It must also provide a minimum of 2 square feet of space per chicken.

Don’t miss out on the latest backyard chicken guidelines in Cranston; reach out to local officials for the most current information.

See other Rhode Island chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 10/29/2023