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Keeping Chickens in Saint Paul



Across the country, chicken-keeping is enjoying a renaissance in urban settings as community members are raising chickens to provide locally-sourced eggs. Saint Paul requires a permit to keep chicken and other fowl in the City. The following are resources to assist you in making decisions about raising chickens or other fowl on your property:

RESOURCES

INFORMATION
My Pet Chicken has information on chicken health, coops, raising chicks, and more.

Chicken Run Rescue has information on chicken health and maintenance.

The Twin Cities Chickens Listserv is a great opportunity to connect with other chicken owners in the area.

Backyard Chicken Basics are provided by the University of Minnesota Extension - Small Farms.

The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) has animal health resources and contact information for livestock specialists.

EGG CARTONS
Hampden Park Co-op at 928 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul often has egg cartons available for your eggs.  Call for availability: (651) 646-6686.

CLASSES
Egg Plant Urban Farm Supply store in Saint Paul offers classes on Backyard Chicken Basics.

Permaculture Research Institute: Cold Climate provides classes on Urban Chickens through their Living Systems Series of classes.

For other questions about poultry production and workshops, visit University of Minnesota Extension.

Below are the City requirements for site plan preparation, construction, and maintenance of your chicken coop/loft facilities. Click on: Keeping of Chickens and Other Fowl for information on the application process to keep chickens in St. Paul.


SITE PLAN
The site plan must illustrate and/or provide details for the following:

  • An illustration of the lot, showing the dimensions of the lot, the house, garage, driveway and any other existing structures.
  • The location and dimensions of coop/loft, including doorways providing access for cleaning purposes, run area and set backs from property lines and buildings.
  • Type of materials used in the coop/loft. All building materials must be of a type approved for exterior exposure by the manufacturer.
  • The height of the structure.
  • The type and location of fencing or containment area.
  • Include number of birds proposed.

LOCATING AND CONSTRUCTING YOUR COOP/LOFT

  • The coop/loft must be located in the rear yard and it must be 5 feet away from interior property lines. No set back is required for the run area.
If the chicken coop or pigeon loft is proposed within a City designated historic district or site, approval is required from the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC)
  • The maximum height of the structure is 12 feet to the top of the roof.
  • One chicken is allowed for every 4 square feet of coop area; one pigeon is allowed for every 1/5 square feet of loft area.
  • If the proposed building is larger than 120 square feet, a building permit must be obtained by the property owner or a licensed contractor.
  • If electricity is provided for heating or lighting, an electrical permit must be obtained by the property owner or a licensed contractor; no extension cord is allowed.
*NOTE:
IN CASES WHERE A BUILDING OR ELECTRICAL PERMIT IS REQUIRED, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERMIT HOLDER TO SCHEDULE INSPECTIONS WITH THE RESPECTIVE CONSTRUCTION OR ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR. THE INSTALLATION, GOVERNED UNDER THESE PERMITS MUST HAVE ALL FINAL INSPECTION APPROVALS BEFORE THE ANIMAL KEEPING PERMIT CAN BE ISSUED.


CITY STANDARDS FOR OPERATING AND MAINTAINING THE CHICKEN COOP/LOFT

  • Feed must be stored in covered rodent proof containers. When feed is provided to the pet, it must be done in a manner that will not attract rodents.
  • Birds must be tended to twice daily assuring sufficient water, shelter (shade), and feed.
  • Structures and grounds must be kept in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition.
  • Coops, feeding, and lounging areas shall be cleaned of wet bedding and manure once per day.
  • The "deep litter method" is not an acceptable method of coop sanitation and is not allowed.
  • All animal waste (fecal matter, bedding, food, etc.) shall be properly stored and disposed of at least once a week.
  • Composting feces or animal parts in not allowed. (St. Paul Legislative Code, Sec. 357.08)
  • Flies, rodents, and noxious odors must be controlled.
  • Chickens must be confined to the property.

CITY LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Animal Control Center
1285 Jessamine Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Ph: (651) 266-1100

Department of Safety and Inspections
375 Jackson Street Suite220
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Ph: (651) 266-8989

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