Seattle Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Seattle?Yes
How many chickens can you have?8
Can you have roosters in Seattle?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Coop at least 10 feet away from any residence on adjacent lot
Application process:Permit required
More information:Seattle Office of Planning and Urban Development

The price of eggs is no joke in Seattle these days. Luckily, local rules make it possible to grow your own. Here is the summary of the laws related to backyard chicken keeping in Seattle, Washington:

  • Residents are allowed to keep up to 8 chickens per single-family household or lot, but no roosters are allowed.
  • Coops must be at least 10 feet from property lines, and must meet certain size and ventilation requirements.
  • Chickens must be kept in the coop or an enclosed run at all times, and are not allowed to roam freely in the yard or neighborhood.
  • Chicken feed must be stored in a secure container to prevent attracting rodents or other pests.
  • Chicken manure must be properly disposed of and not allowed to accumulate, and coop and run areas must be regularly cleaned and maintained to prevent odors.
  • A permit is not required to keep chickens in Seattle, but residents are encouraged to notify their neighbors before bringing chickens home.

See other Washington chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 3/18/23