If you’re planning to keep chickens, bees or other animals in your backyard, there may be rules you need to follow. Depending on where you live, you may also need a permit.
Contact the city you live in to learn more:
Basic Health Guidelines
Be a Good Neighbor
If you plan to keep bees, you need to tell your neighbors. Some people may be allergic to bees.
It’s also a good idea to tell your neighbors about other animals you plan to keep. Knowing your plans ahead of time can reduce concerns from surprised neighbors. It also gives you time to problem-solve early on.
Make sure the structures where you keep your animals are in good repair, have good airflow and are easy to keep clean. There should be no pests, bad smells or collected waste.
How you feed and water your animals can attract rats and other pests that can carry disease. Rats are good climbers and diggers. They’re always looking for food.
- Store any feed and supplements in a sealed container that keeps rats out
- Remove extra food
- Regularly replace and refresh water
- Rats can get through a space as small as a dime. Cover and secure any holes or gaps larger than one quarter inch.
- Create underground barriers (at least 1 foot deep) around enclosures and where food is stored
Poultry and other farm animals can carry Salmonella, bacteria that makes people sick.
- Always wash your hands after handling animals
- Always wash your hands after handling eggs
- Germs can get on the eggs, so make sure they’re completely cooked
Report a Concern
Multnomah County Environmental Health enforces Portland's rules for keeping bees and livestock.
If you’re out of compliance, we’ll work with you to meet the requirements.
Report bee or livestock concerns l 503-988-7700
Contact your city directly with questions or concerns.
Multnomah County Vector Control
5235 N Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97203