Local Ordinances

In Franklin County, Ohio, in places where local ordinances do not supersede, chickens may be kept on residential property. Permits are required and other conditions do apply. The following PDFs may help in your chicken keeping venture:

Franklin County, Ohio - Application for Permit - Chickens, Ducks, and Rabbits
CDR – Chicken Keeping QuickFacts
EPA Composting Guide

It is important to be aware of laws/ordinances in your municipalities within the county. Most add stipulations to Franklin County’s regulations, and some make keeping chickens illegal within their borders.

Residents of Clintonville, where City Folk’s Farm Shop is located, are subject to the Columbus City Department of Public Health Standards for Animal Care and permitting process led by the city veterinarian.

Public Health Standards Relative to Animal Care (pdf)

Links to Codified Ordinances for Municipalities within Ohio:


These sites contain most, if not all local ordinances. If you do not find your locality listed within a website, try another link. Most laws covering the keeping of chickens are covered within Part Five (Chapter 505) of that community’s ordinances.

The Codified Ordinances on these websites may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Municipality. The Codified Ordinances are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as the definitive authority for local legislation. For further information regarding the official version of any portion of the Codified Ordinances or other documents posted on these sites, please contact your Municipality directly.