policy overview

In 2011, the Denver SFPC helped rewrite Denver's zoning regulations regarding food producing animals. The changes now allow Denver residents to keep up to 8 chickens and/or ducks (no roosters or drakes) per residential lot, and up to 2 dwarf dairy goats (and any number of their offspring up to 6 months) per residential lot.


  • Must have 16 square feet of permeable ground per chicken.
  • Goats require 130 square feet of permeable ground.
  • Slaughtering is not allowed on residential property.


  • All backyard chickens and dwarf dairy goats must be permitted by submitting an application (link below) in person to Animal Control at 1241 W. Bayaud 80223
  • A one-time $25 'restricted livestock license' is required.