Backyard Hen Coop Permits
In 2013, the Champaign City Council passed an Ordinance allowing and regulating the keeping of backyard hens within the city limits.
- A license must be issued to legally raise hens.
- No roosters are allowed.
- Up to six hens are allowed.
- Chicken coops must be located in the backyard.
- Only residents of single family and two-family homes are eligible for a coop license.
- Chicken coops must have a minimum of four square feet per hen. The run must have a minimum of eight square feet per hen and be covered on all sides, including the top.
- Residents failing to comply with Sec. 7-19 – Hens, and all applicable sections of the Champaign Municipal Code, will be subject to enforcement action.
Residents must obtain a coop license to raise hens. This license has a $25 fee. The online map tool from the Champaign County GIS Consortium can be very helpful when completing the license application. The last page of the application includes a worksheet that offers tips for using the map tool.
Applicants must also register their property with the Illinois Department of Agriculture in order to obtain a coop license. Registration with the Illinois Department of Agriculture is free.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I am interested in raising hens?
After reviewing reference resources, contact local hen owners via Facebook groups or seek additional information from the University of Illinois Extension Service. Raising hens requires long-term commitment, yet many people find it rewarding. Contact the Planning and Development Department at 217.403.8800 for additional questions.
- Champaign County Extension
- Common Ground Food Co-op Classes
- Backyard Chickens
- Purina Mills information on poultry
If I have a noise or odor complaint regarding chickens, who do I call?
Call the City’s Code Compliance Division of the Neighborhood Services Department at 217.403.7070.
If I see a chicken crossing the road, who do I call?
Chickens are not allowed to be outside of an enclosure. Call Champaign County Animal Control at 217.384.3798 or the 24-hour number at 217.333.8911.
What should I do if my neighbor has chickens, but I am unsure if they have a license?
Call the Planning and Development Department at 217.403.8800.
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