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Raising backyard animals and bees in Portland

Chickens in a backyard coop

Keeping farm animals in an urban setting requires planning, commitment and care. Learn about requirements and when you need a permit.

Once sequestered to the pastoral landscape, chickens (and bees and even goats) are coming home to roost in the city. In exchange for fresh eggs, honey or milk, urban animals can be rewarding and relatively easy to keep. They just require some planning, commitment and care. 

Do I need a permit for my animals?

  • You do not need a permit if you keep a total of three or fewer chickens, ducks, doves, pigeons, pygmy goats or rabbits. You can mix and match however you like, as long as you do not exceed the total of three critters.
  • If you want to keep more than three of the above animals, please call 503-823-1174 for additional information.
  • If you are interested in keeping turkeys, geese, peacocks, cows, horses, burros, sheep, llamas or bees, no matter how many of these animals, please call 503-823-1174 for more information.

You are in great shape if your planned facility:

  • is in good repair.
  • won't disturb neighbors.
  • has absorbent ground cover (that can be replaced as often as necessary to suppress odor).
  • has a secure enclosure.
  • provides your animals with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • is 15 feet from residential buildings (not including your own).
  • feeding practices won't attract unwanted rodents.

What about bees?

Please call 503-823-1174 for more information.

What is not allowed in Portland city limits?

  • Pigs or other swine, unless the pig is a Vietnamese Miniature Pot-Bellied Pig with shoulder height 18 inches or less and weighs no more than 95 lbs. No more than three pigs can be kept at any one address.
  • Roosters (male chickens).