On November 18th 2013, The Anne Arundel County Council passed Bill 79-13 regarding chickens and ducks in residential districts. The bill permits keeping or maintaining chickens and ducks on a lot of less than 40,000 square feet. Roosters are strictly prohibited on lots less than 40,000 square feet. A County resident keeping chickens or ducks on a lot less than 40,000 square feet for any length of time must obtain and maintain a license. Keeping of ducks and chickens on lots greater than 40,000 square feet does not require an Anne Arundel County License.
Steps for Obtaining a License
Register your chickens using the “Maryland Poultry Registration Form”
Save a copy to include with your license application.
Review requirements for and build a chicken coop and enclosed run.
You must have an approved coop and run PRIOR to having any chickens.
- See “Animal Outdoors” of Anne Arundel County Code 12-4-801 to ensure all regulations are followed.
- Note: Coops and enclosures for chickens and ducks on lots less than 40,000 square feet shall be located at least 25 feet from a side or rear lot line and 5 feet from any dwelling. For more information, please contact Zoning at (410) 222-7437.
- See “Pets; livestock or fowl” of Anne Arundel County Code 18-4-104 to determine how many chickens or ducks you may have based on your lot's size.
Complete and sign the Chicken and Duck License Application
- In order to be considered for approval, thoroughly read the conditions and initial next to each.
- Don’t forget to print and sign your name with the date at the bottom of the application.
Submit completed paperwork
Submit the following:
- Completed permit applications and paperwork
- Site plan
- Payment of $30.00 for the registration and inspection fee. Checks are made payable to the Anne Arundel County.
Applications accepted at:
Anne Arundel County Animal Control
411 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108
Schedule an inspection
You must pass your inspection before you will be issued a license. You must possess a chicken and duck license prior to bringing chickens or ducks to the premises.