(The information in this chart was compiled in 2003 by Catherine Hallier.)
|Spokane, WA||Up to three||Up to three||Can have up to three animals.|
|Falls Church, VA||Not allowed||Up to four||No "agricultural animals."|
|Topeka, KS||Unlimited||Unlimited||Chickens must be penned 50 feet from neighbor's house.|
|Syracuse, NY||Sometimes||Up to three||Depends on zoning. No roosters.|
|Mobile, AL||Unlimited||Unlimited||No breeding, no roosters.|
|Santa Rosa, CA||Up to 25||Unlimited||May have 25 chickens per 20,000 squre feet. No chickens in residential areas zoned R1, R2 or PRC.|
|Westfield, MA||Not allowed||Up to five||No "livestock." Maximum of five cats and dogs.|
|Casper, WY||Sometimes||Up to three||Can have chickens in special circumstances, like 4-H.|
|Corvallis, OR||Unlimited||Unlimited||No roosters. Chickens must be penned.|
|Santa Fe, NM||Unlimited||Unlimited||--|
|Little Rock, AR||Up to four||Up to four||Up to four animals total.|
|Oswego, NY||Not allowed||Unlimited||Can only have chickens that were "grandfathered."|
|New York City||Unlimited||Unlimited||Must have permit for chickens. Must be kept clean. No other poultry allowed, no roosters.|
|Chicago, IL||Unlimited||Unlimited||Can have unlimited chickens if use is only for pets or eggs; cannot have if use is to slaughter. Must be penned.|
|Seattle, WA||Three or more||Three or more||Can have a total of three small animals; more if the lot is large.|
|Houston, TX||Up to 30||Unlimited||Chickens must be 100 feet from neighboring structures.|
|Detroit, MI||Not allowed||Unlimited||No "farm animals."|
|Miami, FL||Up to 15||Unlimited||May have up to 15 hens, no roosters. Must be contained at least 100 feet from neighboring structures.|
|Minneapolis, MN||Unlimited||Up to three||Applicant needs consent from 80 percent of neighbors within 100 feet of real estate. Chickens must be penned.|
|Los Angeles, CA||Unlimited||Up to three||Chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner's residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling.|
For more information, you can find a compiled list of chicken regulations at The City Chicken.
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