On December 3, 2013 Champaign City Council passed an ordinance allowing backyard hens within city limits in CB 2013-230.
- A license must be issued to legally raise hens.
- No roosters allowed.
- Up to 6 hens allowed.
- Coops may only be located in the back yard.
- Only residents of single family and two-family homes are eligible for a coop license.
- The coop 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 who do not 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. The license has a $25 fee. The online map tool 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 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 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 403-8800 for additional questions.
Local Facebook Groups
- Champaign County Extension
- Common Ground Food Co-op classes on backyard hens
- Backyard Chickens
- Purina Mills information on poultry
If I have a noise or odor complain regarding chickens, who do I call?
A: Call the Code Compliance Division of Neighborhood Services Department at 403-7070.
If I see a chicken crossing the road, who do I call?
A: Chickens are not allowed to be outside of an enclosure. Call Champaign County Animal Control at 384-3798 or the 24-hour number at 333-8911.
What should I do if my neighbor has chickens, but I am unsure if they have a license?
A: Call the Planning and Development Department at 403-8800.
Please contact Lacey Rains Lowe, City Planner, 217-403-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.