El Paso Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in El Paso?Yes
How many chickens can you have?Up to 6 (more with permit)
Can you have roosters in El Paso?Yes
Chicken coop placement rules:30 feet from any private residence, hotel, or apartment house
Application process:A permit is required
More information:El Paso Animal Services

Envisioning the chicken-raising experience in El Paso? Embrace the rules and regulations to make it a reality.

  • Residents of El Paso are allowed to keep chickens within the city limits, but they must obtain a license from the El Paso Animal Services Department.
  • Exceptions to the licensing requirement:
    • People with fewer than 6 chickens that are kept as pets.
    • People in a farm-ranch or zoning district where a stockyard or stable is permitted.
  • Roosters are allowed in El Paso, but there is a limit of 3 per household. You must obtain a special permit if you want to keep more than 3 roosters.
  • Chickens must be kept in a secure enclosure at least 30 feet from any private residence, hotel, or apartment house. The enclosure may be within 20 feet of such buildings if separated therefrom by a public alley and by a solid fence or wall at least 6 feet high between the enclosure and the alley.
  • Chicken waste must be removed from pens, stables, yards, cages, and other enclosures at least twice weekly. The waste must be disposed of in a manner that does not create a nuisance or health hazard.
  • For more coop-building regulations, please check with your local authority. 

Stay updated on El Paso’s evolving backyard chicken rules; reach out to officials for the most current information.

See other Texas chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 11/19/2023