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The Zoning Division receives many calls, email and service requests regarding the legality of raising chickens or fowl on residential property within Montgomery County.

Zoning information

  • The zoning ordinance does not prohibit the keeping of chickens; however, 59.3.2.9.B.2 does prohibit Roosters.
  • The zoning ordinance does regulate placement of chicken coops: In Montgomery County any accessory building or structure used for the housing, shelter, or sale of animals or fowl other than a household pet must be a minimum of 25' from a lot line and a minimum of 100' from a dwelling on another lot. The structure must be in the rear yard.
  • Be sure to check with Animal Control regarding regulations as it pertains to chickens.
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