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Backyard Chickens Are Legal In Cary NC

August '1223

Correction: Town managers and town attorney have confirmed that the LDO language changes were ratified on the council floor. No further council action is needed. Chickens are legal in Cary as of the Aug. 23 vote.

After more than 4 years of trying, the council members voted 4-3 to approve the ordinance and legalize backyard chickens! I’d like to thank everyone who has helped get this ordinance passed. Countless hours were spent collecting signatures, spreading the word, and educating residents at farmer’s markets and other venues. This was an effort by the community for the benefit of the community.

Thank You Council and Staff

We are all very appreciative of the time and effort put forth by all of you in making this ordinance change a reality.

Details of the ordinance

  • Maximum of 5 hens
  • No roosters
  • Accessory Use Permit required ($50 one time fee)
  • No onsite slaughter
  • Coop may not be in a front or side yard
  • 15’ setback

Please be aware that even though the town now allows backyard chickens, your HOA may not. If you are interested in getting chickens, check your covenants. Although we are unable to lead any efforts toward changing your covenants, feel free to contact us and we’ll gladly share ideas and resources that we found to be helpful in our efforts to get this ordinance.

See Town of Cary’s FAQ

Before You Order Chickens

  1. Join the mailing list and like CaryChickens on Facebook to connect with other members of the community who enjoy chickens.
  2. Check your covenants
  3. Visit the “Chicken Resources” links on this site and make sure you know what you’re getting in to
  4. Investigate potential coop designs and chicken breeds
  5. Get your permit
  6. Build/buy your coop
  7. Order hens
  8. Enjoy your new egg producing pets

Community Assisted Coop Raising

Now that chickens are legal, CaryChickens.com will shift its focus toward supporting Cary’s newly founded chicken community. Our next plan is to gather volunteers that would be willing to help build coops. It’s a great learning experience that helps establish strong community ties. If you’d like to know more about it, join the email discussion list.