Maplewood, Minnesota Chicken Ordinance
Are Chickens Allowed in this location
Max Chickens Allowed 10 Roosters Allowed No Permit Required Yes75. for intial permit. 50 for renewal Coop Restrictions
Ordinance No. 913 (5) A separate coop is required to house the chickens. Coops must be constructedrendering, or composting.
and maintained to meet the following minimum standards:
(a) Located in the rear or side yard.
(b) Setback at least five (5) feet from the rear or side property lines.
(c) Interior floor space – four (4) square feet per bird.
(d) Interior height – six (6) feet to allow access for cleaning and maintenance.
(e) Doors – one (1) standard door to allow humans to access the coop and
one (1) for birds (if above ground level, must also provide a stable ramp).
(f) Windows – one (1) square foot window per ten (10) square feet floor
space. Windows must be able to open for ventilation.
(g) Climate control – adequate ventilation and/or insulation to maintain the
coop temperature between 32 – 85 degrees Farenheit.
(h) Nest boxes – one (1) box per every three (3) hens.
(i) Roosts – one and one-half (1 ½) inch diameter or greater, located
eighteen (18) inches from the wall and two (2) to three (3) inches above
(j) Rodent proof – coop construction and materials must be adequate to
prevent access by rodents.
(k) Coops shall be constructed and maintained in a workmanlike manner.
(6) A run or exercise yard is required.
(a) Runs must be constructed and maintained to meet the following minimum
1) Location: rear or side yard.
2) Size: Ten (10) square feet per bird, if access to a fenced exercise
yard is also available; sixteen (16) square feet per bird, if access
to an exercise yard is not available. If the coop is elevated two
(2) feet so the hens can access the space beneath, that area may
count as a portion of the minimum run footprint.
3) Height: Six (6) feet in height to allow access for cleaning and
4) Gate: One gate to allow human access to the run.
5) Cover: Adequate to keep hens in and predators out.
6) Substrate: Composed of material that can be easily raked or
regularly replace to reduce odor and flies.
(b) Exercise yards must be fenced and is required if the run does not provide
at least sixteen (16) square feet per bird. Exercise yards must provide a
minimum of one-hundred seventy-four (174) square feet per chicken.
(7) Chickens must not be housed in a residential house or an attached or detached
garage, except for brooding purposes only.
(8) All premises on which hens are kept or maintained shall be kept clean from filth,
garbage, and any substances which attract rodents. The coop and its
surrounding must be cleaned frequently enough to control odor. Manure shall
not be allowed to accumulate in a way that causes an unsanitary condition or
causes odors detectible on another property. Failure to comply with these
conditions may result in the officer removing chickens from the premises or
revoking a chicken permit.
(9) All grain and food stored for the use of the hens on a premise with a chicken
permit shall be kept in a rodent proof container.
(10) Hens shall not be kept in such a manner as to constitute a nuisance to the
occupants of adjacent property.
(11) Dead chickens must be disposed of according to the Minnesota Board of Animal
Health rules which require chicken carcasses to be disposed of as soon as
possible after death, usually within forty-eight (48) to seventy-two (72) hours.
Legal forms of chicken carcass disposal include burial, off-site incineration or
City/Organization Contact name Additional Information Leg banding required which identify the owner and owners address and telephone number.
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Information Last Updated May 6, 2013
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