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Fargo Backyard Chicken Keeping

In May 2017, the City Commission amended the Fargo Municipal Code to allow residents to keep chickens in their backyard. The ordinance also includes certain regulations* one should be aware of if planning to raise chickens:

  • Up to 4 chickens may be kept.
  • No roosters are permitted.
  • Owners must provide a coop for the chickens that is predator proof, well vented, offers a minimum of 4 square feet per chicken, and is not over 6 feet in height, along with a run or outdoor enclosure with a minimum of 10 square feet per chicken. Additional specifics on coop and run requirements are in section 12-0310 of the ordinance.
  • Coops and runs may not be located in the front yard and must be at least 3 feet from any adjacent premises.
  • Chickens may not run at large and need to be kept in the coop and run at all times unless under the direct supervision of an adult.
  • No slaughtering within city limits.
  • An annual $10 permit is required and can be obtained through the City Auditor’s office.

City of Fargo Ordinances

*The list above is only a summary; refer to the ordinances for complete regulations.

Permit Application & FAQ