Chicken Keeping in Phoenix, is it Legal?

Are Chickens Allowed in Phoenix   Yes
Max Chickens Allowed     20
Roosters Allowed     No
Permit Required     No
Coop Restrictions:     80 feet from residence-ZONING ORDINANCES APPLY
City/Organization Contact name:       City of Phoenix Ordinances

Read on, especially between the lines…

Sec. 8-7. Poultry and rodents.

(a)  Except as otherwise provided in the article, it is hereby declared to be a nuisance and it shall be unlawful for any person to keep rodents or poultry within the City. No poultry or rodents shall be kept in an enclosure within eight feet of any residence within the City. Poultry may be kept within eighty feet of a residence if written permission consenting to the keeping of poultry less than eighty feet from a residence is first obtained from each lawful occupant and each lawful owner of such residence. Poultry shall not be kept in the front yard area of any lot or parcel with the City. Poultry and rodents shall be kept in an enclosure so constructed as to prevent such poultry and rodents from wandering upon property belonging to others.

(b)  No more than twenty head of poultry nor more than twenty-five head of rodents nor more than twenty-five head comprising a combination of rodents and poultry shall be kept upon the first one-half acre or less. An additional one-half acre shall be required for each additional twenty head of poultry or for each additional twenty-five head of rodents or for each additional twenty-five head comprising a combination of poultry and rodents. For areas larger than two and one-half acres the number of poultry or rodents shall not be limited.

(c)  No male poultry shall be kept within the City limits except such male poultry as are incapable of making vocal noises which disturb the peace, comfort, or health of any person residing within the City.

(d)  All such enclosures shall be kept in such condition that no offensive, disagreeable, or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance, or inconvenience of any inhabitant of the neighborhood thereof.

 

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3 Responses to Chicken Keeping in Phoenix, is it Legal?

  1. Bassas Blog says:

    I am learning a lot about chickens!

  2. Rita A. says:

    So I guess we can’t have chickens because we can’t get 80 feet away from our house. It’s funny this discussion came up after the writing group this evening. It is interesting they list them chickens and rodents in the same ordinance. What’s up with that?

    • tbnranch says:

      It’s 80 feet from your neighbors, not your house. There are these laws in place simply to enforce and resolve a problem. Complaints due to irresponsible poultry owners is what alerts officials, if you are clean and only have hens, it’s doubtful neighbors would even know. I’m allowed to have 25, but if I have only 6 and they were a nuisance, say they smelled from ill kept housing, I could lose the privilege of keeping them on my property.

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