Backyard Chicken and Fowl Permits

Chickens and other fowl are allowed, with restrictions, in the City of Holland.

As Pets

The City of Holland will allow for one (1) domesticated pet chicken (hens only - roosters are prohibited), duck, goose, or similar fowl in a pen or confinement coop which is at least 25 feet from any neighboring dwelling unit. Further, a maximum of ten (10) chicks under the age of five weeks are permitted. No permit is required.

ChickensImage of chickens in a backyard

Keeping chickens as a locally grown food source for the consumption of eggs or meat is allowed with up to six (6) chickens depending on the size of property and following all conditions outlined in the City Ordinance. 

Please read the Holland Backyard Chicken/Fowl Ordinance - sections 4-3 d and e.

Three year permits are available for $25. 

How to Apply

  1. Fill out this application
  2. Return the completed application to the Community & Neighborhood Services Department by dropping it off or mailing it to City Hall, 270 S River Ave, Holland MI 49423 or by emailing it to
  3. Questions? Call the department at 616-355-1330.