Backyard Chicken Keeping

Introduction

Saint Paul requires residents to obtain a permit for chicken keeping. If you keep other types of birds or certain types of other animals, you must also obtain a Keeping of Animals Permit. For full information about what types of animals require a permit and what types of animals are prohibited, call the Animal Control Center at (651) 266-1100.

Types of Permits and Process

Tier One:

A Tier One Backyard Chicken Keeping permit allows residents to maintain between 1-6 hens. The initial cost of a Tier One Permit is $26. The annual renewal fee is $16. The permit requires that you submit: an application, site plan, and payment. You must also notify all adjacent neighbors in writing that you are planning to keep 1-6 hens. If your coop is over 200 square feet or uses electricity you are also required to get a building and/or electrical permit. Tier One Backyard Chicken Keeping Permits are inspected by Animal Control Officers every year. 

Tier Two:

A Tier Two Backyard Chicken Keeping permit allows residents to maintain between 7-15 hens. The initial cost of a Tier Two Permit is $76. The annual renewal fee is $28. The permit requires that you submit: an application, petition, site plan, and payment. For the petition, 75% of neighbors within 150 square feet (on the same side of the street). If your coop is over 200 square feet or uses electricity you are also required to get a building and/or electrical permit. Tier One Backyard Chicken Keeping Permits are inspected by Animal Control Officers every year. 

Restrictions

  • Roosters are prohibited
  • Residents may not own more than 15 birds at a time

Application

The Backyard Chicken Keeping Permit Application may be printed here: Backyard Chicken Keeping Application.

The Keeping of Animals Regulation also apply to Backyard Chicken Keeping and may be reviewed here: Keeping of Animals Regulations.

For more information, contact Animal Control at 651-266-1100 or email the DSI Message Center.