Backyard Chickens

The Future of Backyard (Urban) Chickens in Stillwater

The Topic

The City seeks community feedback on the future of urban chicken within city limits. There is support and opposition for keeping backyard chickens as part of a larger urban agricultural movement.

Current Ordinance

Stillwater, Oklahoma - Code of Ordinances |  PART II - STILLWATER CITY CODE  Chapter 6 - ANIMALS  ARTICLE I. - IN GENERAL   Sec. 6-2. - Prohibited in certain areas.

According to city ordinance, livestock are prohibited in certain areas.

It is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any fowl, including, but not limited to, chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks and geese, or any domestic livestock, including, but not limited to, horses, mules, donkeys, cows, sheep and goats, within 150 feet of any dwelling, house trailer, mobile home, manufactured home, hotel, motel, grocery store, supermarket or food service establishment, except in a duly established Agricultural District wherein such distance limitation shall be 50 feet.

What’s Happening

On Nov. 4, 2018, the Stillwater City Council approved Resolution No. CC-2018-22: “A resolution establishing a temporary moratorium suspending the enforcement and prosecution of municipal ordinances prohibiting the keeping of chickens at residential locations within corporate limits of the City of Stillwater.” The moratorium is effective until April 30, 2019.


TBD: City Council to discuss topic at a council meeting. Public may request to speak. 


A five-question survey was sent out on Feb. 26, 2019 via FlashVote regarding backyard chickens. Survey results were posted Feb. 28, 2019. 

Draft Ordinance

All meetings and updates will be posted here.



» Submit questions and comments to city council.

Who’s Listening?

Sherry Fletcher, director of marketing and civic engagement

Level of Engagement

• Inform

• Consult

Learn more about IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum