Backyard Chicken Permit & Requirements

Last updated 05.15.2023

To obtain a chicken permit the property must be owner-occupied. Residents who obtain this permit are allowed 5 chickens. Roosters are NOT allowed. Residents can apply for a Chicken Permit online at City of Deltona Self Service. Sample forms can be found below.


  1. Complete Permit Application
  2. Owners Identification
  3. Proof of homestead (if not already listed under Volusia County Property Appraiser)
  4. Owner Statement (owner must personally appear at the Animal Control Office to sign this document and the Permit Application)
  5. Pay fee of $25.00 (cash, check, Mastercard or Visa)


  • Minimum of four (4) square feet per chicken and be of sufficient size to permit free movement of the chickens. The coop and enclosure may not be taller than five and one-half (5.5) feet, measured from the natural grade, must be at least six (6) inches lower than the fence to screen them and must be easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance. A building permit is required under the Florida Building Code if the coop exceeds 100 square feet. The coop shall not exceed a maximum of 200 square feet.
  • Coop and enclosure shall be covered and ventilated, and a fence enclosure/run is required. The coop and enclosure must be completely secured from predators, including all openings, ventilation holes, doors and gates (fencing or roofing is required over the enclosure in addition to the coop, in order to protect the chickens from predators).
  • Coop or enclosure must comply with standard setbacks: minimum of 10 feet from the rear and six (6) feet from the side property line. 
  • All stored feed must be kept in rodent and predator-proof container.
  • Chickens shall be kept within a coop and enclosure from dusk until dawn. No person shall release or set any chicken free from such coop and enclosure, and no person shall slaughter a chicken.
  • Chicken coops and enclosures shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times. Chickens shall not be permitted to create a nuisance consisting of odor, noise or pests, or contribute to any other nuisance condition.
  • A maximum of five (5) chickens will be permitted. Roosters are prohibited.
  • Ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl, or any other poultry or fowl are not allowed under the provisions of this section of the code.
  • I understand that chickens and associated activities shall be kept for personal use only. Selling chickens, eggs, or chicken manure, or the breeding of chickens is prohibited.
  • The coop and enclosure must be screened from the neighbor's view, using an opaque fence.
  • A fence enclosure/run is required. If you don't have a fence, you will have to obtain a building permit (check with zoning and permitting for requirements)
  • The coop location will be subject to an annual inspection to ensure that the area is being maintained in a manner that is safe and sanitary for the animal and does not burden the neighbors of the Residence.
  • If any condition of the special permit has been violated, the city may revoke the special permit immediately if the violation has not been remedied after seven (7) days' notice, or if it is a repeat violation. The city is responsible for the determination of compliance with the requirements of this article. In matters of interpretation, the Building and Enforcement Services Director has the authority to determine compliance with the Code of Ordinances.
  • If a person is aggrieved by a decision of the Building and Enforcement Services Director in the issuance,
  • Denial or revocation of a special permit I may appeal to the City Manager. If I am aggrieved by a decision of the City Manager may appeal to the City Commission.

If you have any questions, please call Animal Control at (386) 878-8701.

PDF icon Chicken Requirements747.89 KB
PDF icon Owner Statement 134.71 KB
PDF icon Permit Application 53.21 KB