Personal Chickens ("Backyard Chickens"):
A property owner may raise chickens for their own use if there is a residential use on the property. Keeping chickens for personal use is considered to be accessory to the residential use.
Which Zone Districts allow a "Farm"?
- FA- Farming
- FA-1 Farming
- FO- Forestry
- FO-1 Forestry
- E- Estate
- E-1 Estate
- RE- Rural Estate
- RE-1 Rural Estate
- R- Residential
- AP- Airport
The following requirements apply to keeping "backyard chickens":
- An owner or tenant may keep up to 6 chicken hens.
- No roosters and no more than 6 chicken hens are allowed in all zone districts except those that allow a farm.
- Coop and outdoor enclosure standards:
- The chickens must be provided with a covered, properly ventilated, predator-resistant chicken coop.
- The chickens must have access to an outdoor enclosure that is adequately fenced to protect them from predators.
- The coop and enclosure are limited to a maximum size of 120 square feet.
- The chicken coop and outdoor enclosure shall be regularly cleaned to control dust, odor, and waste and not constitute a nuisance, safety hazard, or health problem to surrounding properties.
Commercial Poultry Farm: The Land Use Code defines a commercial poultry farm as "A facility devoted to the raising of any type of fowl for the sale of birds or their byproducts, not to include hunting clubs. " Raising chickens (or other fowl) as a commercial operation is not a use by right in any zone district in Larimer County. Special Review approval is required before a commercial poultry farm can be established.
If you would like more specific information or if you have a question that's not answered here, please contact the Larimer County Planning Department at (970)498-7679 or send an email.