Cities In The Southwest Metro That Allow Chickens

Dated: May 25 2021

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Owning “backyard” chickens has become a new hobby for many homeowners, especially with all the time spent at home over the last year. They have become more popular due to their unique personalities, ability to produce eggs, and simplicity of care.Each city has its own rules & regulations, but the chart below outlines which cities in the Southwest Metro have the “easiest” ability to get a permit for backyard chickens (typically 4 or less chickens). 


Easiest = Bloomington, Burnsville, Minnetonka, Savage, Shakopee

Medium Difficulty = Eden Prairie & Shorewood

Very Difficult = Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria

City

Green = Easy

Yellow = Medium

Red = Difficult

Amount of Regulation

Need Neighbor’s Permission?

Helpful Links & Maps

Bloomington

Green

Medium

No

Burnsville

Green

Medium

No

Chanhassen

Red

Difficult

No, but minimum 1 acre lot size is current requirement

Chaska

Red

Difficult

No, but minimum 2.5 acre lot size is current requirement

Eden Prairie

Yellow

Medium

No

Minnetonka

Green

Low

No

Savage

Green

Medium

No

Shakopee

Green

Low

No

                 https://www.shakopeemn.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?

Shorewood

Yellow

Medium

Yes – 75% of adjoining neighbors

Victoria

Red

Difficult

No, but must be on agricultural zoned property

There is no written documentation at this moment in time, but chickens are not currently allowed at all in residentially zoned area of the City of Victoria.

After talking with a few chicken owners and seeing a couple of coops, the most work is getting the coop up and running. Chickens are very winter-hardy, and a simple heating mat (or lamp) and heater for their water is about all they need to stay warm, even during the polar vortex. There are even automatic openers for the chicken coop door so you can put it on auto-pilot to open/close and the chickens will learn to go in around dusk on their own.


You can also leave chickens on their own for a couple of days (if you have an auto door-opener) and as long as they have access to food & water, they will be ok! Before buying or hatching chickens, make sure to call the city to confirm you can get a permit for chickens and ensure you meet all rules & setback requirements.

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