Houston Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Houston?Yes
How many chickens can you have?30
Can you have roosters in Houston?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coop at least 100 feet from other homes
Application process:No permit required
More information:Houston Municipal Code

Here are the laws related to backyard chicken keeping in Houston, Texas:

  • Houston residents may keep up to 30 chickens, but no roosters are allowed.
  • The chickens must be kept in a secure enclosure that is at least 100 feet from any neighboring residence.
  • The enclosure must be clean, well-maintained, and provide at least 2 square feet of space per chicken.
  • Chickens are not allowed to roam free and must be kept within the enclosure or the owner’s property at all times.
  • The coop must have a solid roof and walls and be free from any health or safety hazards.
  • The chicken waste must be properly disposed of and not create a nuisance to neighbors or the environment.

It’s important to note that while these are the general guidelines for keeping chickens in Houston, specific rules and regulations may vary depending on the neighborhood or community. It’s always a good idea to check with local authorities and review any neighborhood or HOA rules before keeping backyard chickens.

See other Texas chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/27/24