Regulations

With over 90 municipalities in St. Louis County alone, each having their own regulations and procedures governing residential chicken flocks, it can be overwhelming to find out if you can have them and to go through the process to acquire a permit (if needed). If you would rather put your time and energy into caring for your chickens-not dealing with red tape-we can help make this process easy for you.

If you belong to a neighborhood association, check indentures. If they vary from city ordinance, the more restrictive is to be followed.

Don’t see your municipality listed? We’ll find out your regulations for you. Please contact us for help.

Missouri

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Affton follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Allowed on 1+ acre, with permit if within 150 feet of a building not on your property.

Allowed on 2+ acres.

Allowed. No limits. St. Louis County ordinance applies.

Allowed. No limits.

Allowed. No limit.

Not allowed.

Up to 7 allowed with annual permit ($25).

Not allowed.

Up to six hens allowed with permit ($50).

Not allowed

Not allowed.

Up to six allowed with permit.

Up to six hens with permit. More allowed on larger lots.

Up to 6 hens allowed (depending on backyard size) with permit ($10).

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Castle Point follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Allowed only if zoned agricultural.

Allowed on 2+ acres.

Allowed on 3+ acres.

Allowed with permit ($50). No limits.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Concord follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Not allowed.

Up to four hens allowed.

Up to five hens allowed with permit. $10 fee

Up to 8 hens allowed on lots .17+ acres. One additional hen allowed for each 2500 additional square feet, up to 12 hens.

Allowed on lots of 3+ acres zoned R1-A.

Up to four hens allowed. St. Charles County ordinances apply.

Up to six hens allowed with permit.

Allowed on 4+ acres. Limit of one per 1/5 acre.

Up to four hens allowed with permit ($10).

Not allowed in city limits, but people have approached the board to change the ordinance.

Six hens allowed on .23+ acres.

Allowed. No limit.

Up to six hens allowed on lots less than 10,000 square feet, with permit ($3/hen). One additional hen allowed per additional 10,000 square feet.

Up to four hens allowed with permit on 1/2+ acre lots.

Not allowed in city limits.

Up to four hens allowed with permit.

Allowed

Allowed, no limits.

Up to five hens allowed with permit.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Glasgow Village follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Allowed with permit.

Up to four hens allowed with permit.

Not allowed.

Not Allowed.

Up to four hens allowed. St. Charles County ordinances apply.

Not allowed in city limits.

Allowed with permit. (Significant Restrictions)

Allowed with permit on 1+ acre lots, must be 200 ft from adjacent dwellings.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in Jefferson County, House Springs follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Not allowed

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in Jefferson County, Imperial follows the Jefferson County ordinances regarding chickens.

Not allowed

Allowed, no limits.

Allowed, no limits.

Allowed. No limits.

Up to four allowed.

Not allowed in Lake St. Louis Community Association.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Lemay follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Allowed on 2+ acres.

Up to six hens allowed with permit.

Allowed only if zoned Agricultural.

Up to 4 hens allowed on residential properties.

Up to four hens allowed. St. Charles County ordinances apply.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Mehlville follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Not Allowed.

Not Allowed.

Allowed

Not Allowed.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Oakville follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Old Jamestown follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Allowed

Up to four hens allowed. St. Charles County ordinances apply.

8 hens allowed on 5500+ sq. ft. of unimproved land.

Allowed only in areas zoned non-urban (NU).

Not Allowed.

Up to five hens allowed with permit ($25).

Up to eight hens allowed with permit ($15).

Allowed

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Sappington follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Up to five hens allowed with permit ($30).

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, Spanish Lake follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Not currently allowed, but a legal challenge to the ordinance is in process.

Allowed. 8-12 hens, depending on lot size.

Up to four hens allowed.

Not allowed in city limits.

Allowed, no limits. As an unincorporated census-designated place in St. Louis County, St. George follows the county ordinances regarding chickens.

Up to eight hens allowed.

Allowed, no limits.

Not allowed

Allowed. No limits.

Not Allowed.

Not Allowed.

Not Allowed.

Up to seven hens allowed with permit ($50) and quarterly inspections ($25/ea.)

Allowed with permit ($10).

Not Allowed.

Not currently allowed, but they are revisiting the ordinance due to the volume of requests for backyard chickens.

Up to 15 allowed with permit.

Allowed, no limits.

Allowed

Not Allowed.

Not Allowed.

Up to eight hens allowed on 5,500 square feet unimproved land with permit ($30).

Allowed in AG district only.

Not Allowed.

Allowed

Not Allowed.

Allowed on non-urban (NU) and R-1 zoned lots that are 5+ acres. Accommodations possible for smaller lots.

Not Allowed.

Allowed

Illinois

Up to 5 hens allowed with permit ($25).

Not Allowed

Allowed with permit ($50, limited to 75 permits total). Limit of 6 hens.

Not Allowed.

Not Allowed

Not allowed in city limits

Up to 5 allowed with permit ($300). 

Up to six with permit ($25)

Not Allowed

Allowed if zoned Agricultural (unlimited) or Rural Residential (6 hens per acre, limit of 12)

Not allowed.

Four hens allowed with annual permit ($10)

Allowed only in agricultural zone

Not Allowed

Not allowed.

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