Chicken Permits

Missoula residents are allowed up to 6 female chickens (hens) on a single parcel located within the city limits. If the applicant for the Chicken Permit does not own the parcel, applicant must obtain written permission from the parcel owner.

Chicken permits are $15 for up to 6 hens per year. Get permit applications here:

Enforcement and regulation is provided by City/County Animal Control, 6700 Butler Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808. 

For questions or concerns, call Animal Control at (406) 541-7387, Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Rules and Regulations

M.M.C 6. 12 Section 2

1. The chickens must be kept on a single family parcel(s). Chickens may be kept on a parcel(s) under one ownership with more than one dwelling if all residents and the owner consent in writing to allowing the chickens on the property. When chickens are kept on a multi-dwelling parcel(s) the owner of the chickens shall keep a copy of the signed approval document for inspection upon request by Animal Control personnel.

2. The owner must obtain an annual permit from the City Treasurer/Finance Department. The permit shall be $15.00.

3. The chickens shall be provided with a covered, predator-proof chicken house that is thoroughly ventilated and of sufficient size to admit free movement of the chickens. It should be designed to be easily accessed, cleaned and maintained by the owners and be at least 2 square feet per chicken in size.

4. No chicken house shall be located closer than 20 feet to any residential structure occupied by someone other than the chicken owner, custodian, or keeper.

5. The chickens shall be be shut into the chicken house at night, from sunset to sunrise.

6.During daylight hours the adult chickens shall have access to the chicken house and weather permitting, shall have access to an outdoor enclosure on the property, adequately fenced to contain the chickens and to prevent access to the chickens by dogs and other predators.

7. Stored feed must be kept in a rodent-and predator-proof container.

8. It is unlawful for the owner, custodian, or keeper of any chickens to allow the animals to be a nuisance to any neighbors, including but not limited to: noxious odors from the animals or their enclosure; and noise of a loud and habitual nature. Animal Control will determine whether or not a nuisance exists on a case-by-case basis.

9. Enforcement: Upon receiving a complaint of a possible violation, Animal Control will investigate and determine if a violation exists. When appropriate, leave notice of a violation and order to take corrective action with the owner, custodian or keeper and provide them with written notice of the violations that require correction. Animal Control will re-visit the owners address 10 days or more after the notice of violation is issued. If the owner, custodian or keeper has failed to comply with the ordinance, Animal Control may issue a citation to the owner, custodian or keeper for failure to comply with any applicable requirement of this section.