Backyard Hens

Backyard hens are now permitted in Jacksonville Beach.

Single-family properties that are in RS-1, RS-2, and RS-3 zoning districts that have at least 5,000 square feet of property are permitted to have up to five female chickens. Please refer to Ordinance Number 2020-8132 (PDF) for regulations pertaining to the keeping of hens.

Completion of the Poultry Management Seminar offered by the Duval County Agricultural Extension Office is required to apply for a Backyard Hen Permit. Applications for a Backyard Hen Permit will not be accepted without verification of completion of the Poultry Management Seminar. For more details and to register for upcoming classes visit the Duval County Agriculture site.

Access a copy of the Backyard Hen Permit Application (PDF).