Animal Control

The Urban Chicken Ordinance (Cedar Rapids Municipal Code Chapter 23A) makes provisions for keeping chickens within city limits, which means residents will be allowed to raise, harbor or keep hens on single family dwelling properties with a valid permit for one year. The annual permit fee will be $25.

Urban Chicken permit applications are available at the Building Services Division, located at the City Services Center at 500 15th Avenue SW.

All applicants will be required to provide notice to residents of all immediately adjacent dwellings of the applicant’s intent to obtain a permit. In addition, all applicants will be required to complete an approved class hosted by the Indian Creek Nature Center about raising chickens in an urban setting.

The ordinance restricts the number of chickens to six per tract of land regardless of how many dwelling units are on the tract. Only female chickens (hens) are allowed. All hens must be tagged at all times for identification purposes. These tags will be provided by the City of Cedar Rapids when the permit application is approved.

Urban Chicken Permit

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