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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).

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 TypeApplication FeeRenewal Fee
One-Year Permit (for x hens)1 to 67 to 1516 to 30$40
$25$50$75
Rooster Permit$100NA

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:

Animal Runs, if used to exercise chickens, must be:

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:

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:
Phone: 612-673-6258
Email: ann.thelen@minneapolismn.gov

Additional Resources

Backyard Chicken Basics (University of Minnesota Extension)

Twin Cities Chicken Coop Tour

Twin Cities Chicken Listserve

Last updated Aug 2, 2017

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