CITIES ALLOWING CHICKS

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Channel 7, June 4, 2010   Denver Daily News, June 3, 2010   Face The State, June 3, 2010

The Atlantic Monthly, The Future of the City, May 21, 2010

Westword, March 6, 2009  Westword, May 12,2009 Westword, April 29, 2009

This website was created to campaign to change the chicken law in Denver.  The campaign succeeded and the law was changed in June

2011 to allow chickens and goats  For details on the current law click here: http://www.denverurbanhomesteading.com/new_page_3.htm

 

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Here is a list of cities in the Denver metropolitan area allowing chickens as of February 20, 2010.  Currently Littleton is debating allowing more chickens: at this time they allow three pets, and these can include chickens.

This list will be updated with stats from additional area cities and counties as we have time to compile them.  Be sure to call the zoning department where you live to ensure this chart is accurate and to see if there are any nuances that we did not report here.

Comparison of Chicken Laws

in Denver Metropolitan Area

 

JURISDICTION

ALLOWED?

DETAILS

# ALLOWED

Adams County

No

Yes

Yes

Residential and commercial lots

Residential estates >1acre

Agricultural > .25 acre

 

2/acre

50/acre

Arapahoe County

Yes

Single-family unit

1/acre

Arvada

Yes

Large residential lots

Small residential lots

4/acre

2/acre

Aurora

No

 

 

Boulder

No

Yes

Residential

Rural residential

 

100

Broomfield County

No

 

 

Castle Rock

No

 

 

Centennial

Yes

All zone districts

3 pets, incl chickens

Colorado Springs

Yes

Need 4 sf per animal

10

Commerce City

No

 

 

Denver

Yes

Permitting process costs $150, applications through two agencies,

permission from neighbors

No limit

Douglas County

No

 

 

Edgewater

?

 

 

Englewood

Yes

Cannot create nuisance

No limit

Federal Heights

No

 

 

Ft. Collins

Yes

Six hens per parcel

6

Glendale

?

 

 

Greenwood Vlg

Yes

Need 50sf per animal

No limit

Jefferson County

Depends

Some low-density districts allow for it

Contact Zoning Administration with your address:  303-271-8700

No limit if allowed

Lafayette

No

 

 

Lakewood

Yes

Large residential lots if fenced area, house or coop no more than 400sf

No number

Littleton

Yes

All zone districts

3 pets, incl chickens

Longmont

Yes

Four hens per parcel

4

Louisville

No

Yes

 

Rural residential

 

3

Northglenn

No

 

 

Parker

Yes

Need ≥200 feet distance from adjoining properties

50/parcel

Sheridan

No

 

 

Thornton

No

 

 

Westminister

No

 

 

 IMPORTANT NOTES!

  1. If you have information that we are missing, send James Bertini an email.
  2. While we think this is accurate, we donít guarantee it, so always check your local zoning office before getting chickens.
  3. Thanks to Kathy Ball, dietetics student, UNC - Greeley and Denver Urban Homesteading for compiling this information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated: 01/19/12.