Backyard Chickens

Chickens take time and commitment - be sure you know the requirements before you get started. Raising backyard chickens can be a great way to have access to fresh eggs and learn more about agriculture and caring for animals. Chickens require daily care, specific food, shelter and sanitation to ensure they stay healthy and happy.

The City of Delano requires any residents interested in raising backyard chickens to obtain a permit. Specific requirements must be met before purchasing chickens. Be aware of all rules to ensure you meet City Code.

A permit is required for any resident raising chickens in the City of Delano (a permit fee applies). The adopted code specifies the following: 1| No more than four (4) female chickens 2| No roosters 3| No slaughtering/processing on the property 4| Chickens are not allowed to roam free. Read more of the backyard chickens rules and regulations in the adopted ordinance.

An approved license must be issued before chickens are allowed on the property. Failure to follow City Code could result in denial of application or revocation of permit.

City Code - Chapter 401.01. Animal regulations and licenses

        - Backyard Chicken Keeping Application

        - Resolution Establishing Fees