Urban Chicken Laws in Washington

Here are the chicken laws for cities throughout Washington state. This list was originally compiled by TheCityChicken.com and we have gone through and made our own additions and edits.

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By City:

AberdeenNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Airway HeightsNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

AlgonaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

AnacortesNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ArlingtonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

AsotinNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

AuburnNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Bainbridge IslandNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Battle Ground, WA – No restrictions on poultry or game birds, and roosters are allowed.

BellevueNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Bellingham – From our reader Kaisha on 6/07/2013: “Hens and roosters allowed. No limit on poultry quantity. Chickens must have an enclosed area, must be 50 ft from a residence, and must not create a nuisance.”

Benton CityNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

BingenNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Black DiamondNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

BlaineNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Bonney LakeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Bothell, WA – You may own 3 or less fowl. Must keep coop 20 ft. from your own property line. If your neighbors say it’s okay, you may place chickens closer to your shared property line.

BremertonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

BrewsterNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

BridgeportNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

BrierNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

BuckleyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Burien – Up to 4 hens are allowed. Other details needed.

BurlingtonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Camas, WA – The city code doesn’t appear to explicitly outlaw chickens, but it just says you can’t keep any animal that becomes a “public nuisance.” And nuisance is defined there as “…annoying noise or odor, causing detriment to the health, safety and welfare of neighboring persons and properties…kept in such manner as to be nauseous, foul or offensive.”

CarnationNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

CashmereNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Castle RockNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

CentraliaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ChehalisNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ChelanNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

CheneyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ChewelahNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ClarkstonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Cle ElumNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Clyde HillNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ColfaxNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

College PlaceNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ColvilleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ConnellNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

CosmopolisNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

CovingtonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

DavenportNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

DaytonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Deer ParkNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Des MoinesNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

DuPontNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

DuvallNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

East WenatcheeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

EdgewoodNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Edmonds, WA – As of November 15, 2009, up to three hens (no roosters) may be kept per single family lot.

Electric CityNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

EllensburgNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ElmaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

EntiatNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

EnumclawNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

EphrataNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Everett, WA – No roosters. Five hens allowed without a permit. If you want more than five, you must get a facility license permit from Animal Services. This requires inspection of your facilities/property. Chickens must be kept enclosed.

EversonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Federal WayNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

FerndaleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

FifeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

FircrestNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ForksNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

GeorgeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Gig Harbor, WA – No regulations for animals except bees.

Gold BarNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

GoldendaleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Grand CouleeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

GrandviewNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

GrangerNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Granite FallsNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

HarringtonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

HoquiamNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

IlwacoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

IssaquahNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KahlotusNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KalamaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KelsoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KenmoreNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KennewickNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KentNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Kettle FallsNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KirklandNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

KittitasNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

La Center, WA – Having a few chickens is neither specifically permitted nor prohibited under La Center current code. Conform to nuisance and health rules.

LaceyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Lake Forest ParkNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Lake StevensNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

LakewoodNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

LangleyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

LeavenworthNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Liberty LakeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Long BeachNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

LongviewNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

LyndenNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Lynnwood, WA – An accessory building for the housing of small animals or fowl shall not exceed 36 square feet in floor area when located on a residential lot and neither the building nor the fenced area for roaming shall be closer than 25 feet to a property line.

MabtonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Maple ValleyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MarysvilleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MattawaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

McClearyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Medical LakeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MedinaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Mercer IslandNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MesaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Mill Creek, WA – If you want to keep chickens, the square footage of your lot must be 7,500 sq. ft. Up to six hens allowed. Roosters illegal. thoroughfare.

MillwoodNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MiltonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MonroeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MontesanoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MortonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Moses Lake – Per our reader Christina on 8/21/2013: There are “no chickens allowed in city limits.”

MossyrockNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Mount VernonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Mountlake TerraceNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MoxeeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

MukilteoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

NapavineNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

NewcastleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

NewportNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

NooksackNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Normandy ParkNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

North BendNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

North BonnevilleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Oak HarborNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

OakvilleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Ocean ShoresNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

OkanoganNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Olympia, WA – Up to 3 birds, hens are considered, roosters prohibited.

OmakNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

OrovilleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

OrtingNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

OthelloNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PacificNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PalouseNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PascoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PaterosNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PomeroyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Port AngelesNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Port OrchardNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Port TownsendNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PoulsboNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PrescottNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ProsserNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PullmanNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

PuyallupNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

QuincyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RainierNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RaymondNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RedmondNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RentonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RepublicNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Richland. WA – Each dwelling unit and the accompanying lot or common area is limited to five (5) household pets. (chickens are considered household pets). “Household Pets” means any dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, geese, pigeons, chickens or other similar animals over the age of six (6) months.

Ridgefield – From our reader Greg on 06/09/2013: “7.04.052 – Regulations and violations relating to livestock. It is unlawful for any person owning or having in his or her possession, care or control any cow, cattle or livestock to permit or suffer the same to run at large, or to be so tethered or pastured that the same can graze or go upon any street, sidewalk or public way within city limits. It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to permit or allow any poultry, fowl or other birds to run at large within the city. It is unlawful to house any poultry or livestock other than normal household pets within one hundred feet of any residence. Up to five hen chickens are considered normal household pets. It is unlawful for poultry to make unreasonably loud and raucous noise, or for odor emanating from the rearing of poultry to be perceptible at the property boundaries. Poultry shall be housed a minimum of forty feet from the front property line.”

RitzvilleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Rock IslandNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RoslynNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RoyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Royal CityNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

RustonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

SammamishNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Seatac, WA – Up to five chickens (including roosters) on any sized lot. The total number of chickens allowed will be reduced by the number of other animals (including cats and dogs) on the property.

Seattle, WA – Major update from Nov. 2010 for chickens in Seattle: Up to eight domestic fowl may be kept on any lot. Roosters are not permitted. Hen house must be located at least 10 feet away from any residential structure on an adjacent lot.

Sedro-Woolley, WA – It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to maintain any stable, pen, lot, place, or premises in which any horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, mink, fox, chinchilla, or any other animals, or in which any chickens, ducks, or other fowl or poultry may be confined or kept in such manner as to be nauseous, foul, or offensive to any community, neighbor, family, or person, or to allow such animals to roam at large within the city limits. (Ord. 828 § 4, 1976)

SelahNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Sequim - No information yet – please let us  know if you know what the rules are!

Shelton - From our reader Molly on 05/15/2013: “Shelton, WA city limits…. Up to 5 chickens, NO roosters and cannot be able to get out into the neighborhood. Must keep sanitary as well. Information from the person to talk to at the city.”

ShorelineNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Snohomish – From our reader Daniel on 03/14/2013: “No roosters allowed period inside city limits. the rest goes by lot size in sq footage: 5,000-24,999 5 hens. 1 additional hen for each 5,000 sq ft over the 20,000. all animals kept outside shall be cooped or kept in hutches, pens or appropriate structures that have a min setback from property lines of 10′. ” Code can be found at http://www.ci.snohomish.wa.us/code/07-04Animals.PDF.

SnoqualmieNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Soap Lake – From our reader Anna on 04/17/2013: “Soap Lake now allows 4 chickens. Must buy license – $10 per year (not per chicken) and a one time permit fee of $50 is required for coop plan review and inspection.”

South BendNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

SpangleNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Spokane, WA – Up to three chickens allowed.. Can have up to three animals total.

Spokane ValleyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

SpragueNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

StanwoodNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

StevensonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Sultan – Our reader Jen said she got this information from someone at city hall around 03/20/2014: “”They are allowed subject to the “reasonable man test”. If the neighbors complain about noise, smell, etc. owners of chickens can expect a call from our code enforcement officer. As long as things are calm in the neighborhood, all is well.”

SumasNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

SumnerNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

SunnysideNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Tacoma, WA – Livestock allowed in the city

TekoaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

TeninoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

TietonNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ToledoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

TonasketNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ToppenishNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

TukwilaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

TumwaterNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Union GapNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

University PlaceNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

VaderNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Vancouver, WA – Chickens are allowed, however roosters and peacocks are not.

WaitsburgNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Walla WallaNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

WapatoNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

WardenNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

WashougalNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

WenatcheeNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

West RichlandNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

WestportNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

White Salmon – From our reader Jack on 02/24/2014: “6.08.025 Chickens, ducks and rabbits permitted under limited circumstances.permanent link to this piece of content Upon issuance of a permit authorized in Section 6.08.040, a resident of the city may maintain chickens, ducks and rabbits as pets for personal food consumption. Any person who maintains a chicken, duck or rabbit within the city subject to permit shall provide shelter for the animal(s) in the event of extreme weather conditions; take precautions to ensure that the allowed farm animal is protected from predators; provide appropriate health care, food and water for the animal(s); ensure that they do not cause damage to the property of neighbors or others; or interfere with anyone’s use or enjoyment of property. No property owner shall maintain in excess of six female chickens or ducks of either sex, or rabbits, or combination thereof. No roosters are permitted.

WinlockNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Woodinville, WA – No restrictions in the code for animals according to the planning department.

WoodlandNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

WoodwayNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Yakima - 4 hens, no roosters. Coop must be 10ft from property line. Chickens don’t need to be confined to a coop, only kept on your property, but poultry at large is a misdemeanor. Chapter 15.04 (Thanks to Felicity for updating us)

YelmNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

ZillahNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated County Areas:

Unicorporated Adams CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Asotin CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Benton CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Chelan CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Clallam CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Clark CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Columbia CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Cowlitz CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Douglas CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Ferry CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Franklin CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Garfield CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Grant CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Grays Harbor CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Island CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Jefferson CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated King CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Kitsap CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Kittitas CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Klickitat CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Lewis CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Lincoln CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Mason CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Okanogan CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Pacific CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Pend Oreille CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Pierce CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Skagit CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Skamania CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Snohomish CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Spokane CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Stevens CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Thurston CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Walla Walla CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Whatcom CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Whitman CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!

Unicorporated Yakima CountyNo information yet – please let us know if you know what the rules are!