Rapid City Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Rapid City?Yes (on lots of 3 acres or more)
How many chickens can you have?No limit specified (check with city)
Can you have roosters in Rapid City?Not expressly prohibited
Chicken coop placement rules:150 feet from any residential building
Application process:Permit required
More information:Rapid City Municipal Code

Equip yourself with knowledge about the legal aspects of raising chickens in Rapid City, paving the way for a successful poultry venture.

  • Allowance: Rapid City allows residents to keep chickens in their backyards on lots of more than 3 acres or lots zoned for agricultural use.
  • License Requirement: Apply for a domestic chicken license from the Finance Officer.
  • Zoning Restriction: Keep the chickens on property zoned for and actually used as a single-family dwelling.
  • Limit on Chicken Numbers: Keep no more than six chickens on any licensed premises.
  • Roosters Allowed: Roosters are apparently allowed in Rapid City on approved lots.
  • Enclosure Requirements: Always keep the chickens in a roofed structure or any attached fenced yard enclosure.
  • Enclosure Specifications: Keep the roofed structure fully enclosed, windproof, and have one square foot of window to 15 square feet of floor space.
  • Distance Restriction: Keep the chickens at least 150 feet from any building or structure occupied by, or intended to be occupied by, human beings as a residence within the city.
  • Sanitary Conditions: Keep the chickens sanitary and free of pests.
  • Conditional Slaughter: The slaughter of animals, including poultry killing, is only allowed conditionally.

Keep abreast of Rapid’s evolving rules for backyard chickens; consult officials for current details.

See other South Dakota chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 11/11/2023