Chickens or Laying Hens Policy

Qualifying Edmond residents may apply for a permit allowing them to keep chickens or laying hens on their property. If you are interested in obtaining a permit, please review the requirements below. You can obtain a chicken permit and receive assistance at the City Clerk’s Office, 24 E. 1st Street.

Chicken Permit Requirements

 (Effective 09-11-2019)

Number of Chickens Allowed

The number of chickens allowed is determined by several factors, including the property’s lot size, dimensions of coop, and dimensions of run. To obtain a permit, the location of the coop must have a 40 ft. setback to the dwelling structure(s) of all neighboring properties.

Less than 0.33 acres (14,250 sq. ft.): 2-4 Hens

  • 2 Hens = 8 sq. ft. of coop / 16 sq. ft. of run
  • 3 Hens = 12 sq. ft. of coop / 24 sq. ft. of run
  • 4 Hens = 16 sq. ft. of coop / 32 sq. ft. of run
Between 0.33 and 0.68 acres (14,520-30,000 sq. ft.): 2-6 Hens
Between 0.68 and 1 acre (30,000-43,560 sq. ft.):  2-8 Hens

  • 5 Hens = 20 sq. ft. of coop / 40 sq. ft. of run
  • 6 Hens = 24 sq. ft. of coop / 48 sq. ft. of run
  • 7 Hens = 28 sq. ft. of coop / 56 sq. ft. of run
  • 8 Hens = 32 sq. ft. of coop / 64 sq. ft. of run
1-2 Acres:  no more than 12 Hens
2-3 Acres:  no more than 18 Hens
3-4 Acres:  no more than 24 Hens
4-5 Acres:  no more than 30 Hens
5 Acres or more: Permit not required

Lot sizes can be found on the Oklahoma County Assessor Website

Chicken Coop/Run Requirements

  • Roosts should have rounded corners and be free of splinters.
  • One nest box is required for every 4 chickens.
  • The coop and run shall be attached and located in the rear or backyard of the property.
  • The coop and run shall be no closer than 5 feet from any side or rear property line.
  • The coop and run shall have appropriate screening from adjacent neighbors.
  • Movable chicken enclosures are permitted so long as they meet the minimum specification of the ordinance.
  • Coops shall be predator resistant and any open wall or windows shall be designed and screened to prevent access by predators.
  • Coops shall be located in areas that are not susceptible to stormwater run-off onto neighboring properties.
What is a Chicken Coop?
A permanent structure that, in addition to protecting human health and safety, provides the chickens with protection from the elements and predators, and must include suitable clean ventilated air, bedding, nest boxes and roost space. 

What is a Chicken Run?
An attached enclosed area where chickens are safe from predators, but free to be outside the coop, but also protects human health and safety.

General Requirements

  • Permits will only be issued for properties in single-family zoning.
  • Any person applying for a permit must provide proof to the City Clerk of satisfactory completion of a class/course regarding the proper care and raising of chickens in an urban setting. Classes must be at least two hours in length. 
  • Chickens are to be maintained on land which the owner/occupant resides.
  • No roosters allowed.
  • No slaughtering of chickens is permitted.
  • From dusk until dawn, chickens shall be kept within the coop, from dawn until dusk, chickens shall have access to the run and coop.
  • All areas where chickens are present shall be cleaned daily to prevent an accumulation of food, fecal matter, bedding or nesting material so as to prevent a nuisance or unsanitary condition due to odor, vermin, debris or decay. All waste not composted shall be properly bagged and placed in garbage containers.
  • This code is not in conflict with any restrictive covenant that may be applicable to any property. If a covenant restricts ownership of chickens, this ordinance does not give authority to ignore the covenant rules. Property owners are responsible for checking with any applicable homeowner's association to determine neighborhood rules before obtaining a permit.
  • For lot sizes below 0.68 acres, a maximum of 50 permits will be issued per year during the sunset provision, which expires September 30, 2021.
  • If your structure will be 200 sq. ft. or larger, you will need to obtain a Building Permit from the Building Services Department.

Permit Application and Issuance

Permits will be issued to a property owner/occupant if the property meets all requirements detailed above.

Where do I go to obtain a permit?
Permits are issued at the City Clerk's Office (24 E. First Street).

What does the permit cost?
The fee to obtain a permit is $25.00. This is non-refundable.

What do I need to bring?
Applicants will bring government issued identification such as a driver's license or passport, 
proof of completion of a minimum two-hour class on keeping urban chickens, the $25 permit fee, and a fully completed application.

Does my permit expire?
Permits issued for an individual to keep chickens or laying hens at a certain property shall not expire except for a change in location. If a resident moves, they shall be required to acquire a permit at their new property. In addition, the individual moving into the existing property, if they wish to own chickens, shall be required to purchase a new permit.

Can my permit be revoked?
Permits issued may be revoked by the City Clerk upon recommendation by the Animal Services Department. Any person aggrieved by the action of the City Clerk in revoking a permit shall, upon written request within 10 business days after the notice of revocation, have the right to appeal to the Edmond City Manager.


Any questions or concerns regarding the enforcement of the requirements detailed in Edmond Municipal Code Section 7.09.130 c
an be directed to the City of Edmond Animal Services Department. (405) 216-7615.

View the entire ordinance regarding keeping of chickens or laying hens in Edmond City Limits