Minneapolis Chicken Keeping Rules and Regulations
This web page summarizes city policy related to raising chickens. The complete list of rules and regulations are located in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances (Title 4, Chapter 70, Section 70.10). Before applying for a permit, you are advised to read the full ordinance language.
Note: The following rules do not apply to veterinarians, licensed pet shops, or licensed kennels.
What are the permit requirements?
Notify neighbors: Anyone pursuing a permit must notify their immediate neighbors. Renters must notify their property owners who are then responsible for notifying neighbors (renters may notify neighbors in place of the property owner).
- If you are applying for more than 6 chickens, you must obtain written consent of at least 80% of neighbors within 100 feet of your property. Contact Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) to obtain the official form for neighbors to sign.
Provide Details: A site plan illustrating the location of the small animal coop and run (if applicable) must be reviewed by staff from the Minneapolis Development Review within the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Planning Division, prior to submitting a chicken permit request. MACC is then also required to inspect the location annually or as necessary.
Pay a fee: You can apply for a one-year permit as detailed on the MACC webpage.
|Permit Type||Application Fee||Renewal Fee|
|One-Year Permit (for x hens)||1 to 6||7 to 15||16 to 30||$40|
Note: All permits expire one year from the date they are received.
Complete required education: Fowl permit holders have one year to provide a certificate of course completion to MACC upon submission of fowl permit application.
Currently eligible training providers include:
Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
University of Minnesota Extension
What are the rules?
Chicken Housing Structure must be:
- Located at least 20 feet away from neighboring residential use
- Screened from habitable buildings on neighboring property
- Constructed of materials which are durable and compatible with your house and neighboring residential properties
- Located behind your house.
Animal Runs, if used to exercise chickens, must be:
- Located at least 20 feet from neighboring residential use
- In compliance with all zoning code requirements and enclosed to ensure fowl are confined to permitee's property
- Located behind your house.
- Provide ten (10) square feet for each fowl while housed in outside run
Chicken poop and litter shall be removed often enough to prevent odors from emitting over property lines. The waste can be double bagged and thrown away or composted on site if the compost is used on site. Chicken poop and litter may not be placed in City-provided organics recycling carts. (per State Compost Rules)
Live slaughter is prohibited.
Keeping Chickens for commercial uses have different requirements. No person, business, or entity shall maintain or cause to be maintained any commercial business related to the keeping of fowl on residential property unless otherwise permitted by the City of Minneapolis. If so permitted, commercial coops must:
- Maintain and comply with any applicable business license, health department permit, zoning permit, and permit issued by the MACC.
- Be limited to thirty (30) fowl of any kind with at least four (4) square feet provided for each fowl housed inside the physical coop and ten (10) square feet for each fowl while housed in outside run.
- Be maintained in such a manner as to prevent a public nuisance and provide adequate care and safeguards for the chickens.
- Be kept in good repair, maintained in a clean and in a sanitary condition, and free of any vermin, obnoxious smells, and substances.
Note: MACC may refuse to grant a permit for failure to comply with criteria. MACC has the right to keep any fees paid by the applicant.
For further information or to apply for a permit, please contact Ann Thelen at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control:
Backyard Chicken Basics (University of Minnesota Extension)
Last updated Aug 2, 2017