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Mayor Hal Richards

Q. - Are you allowed to raise chickens in your backyard if you live within the city limits of Terrell? If so, what are the guidelines?

Answer - Thanks for your inquiry.


According to the City of Terrell Ordinance, titled Animal Control, "It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or have on his premises more than two (2) or one (1) litter of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, pigeons or other poultry or domestic fowl or more than two (2) or one (1) litter of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mink, ferrets or other small fur-bearing animals within one hundred (100') of any dwelling or public place within the city limits unless a specific use permit has been granted by the city council in accordance with the city's zoning regulations. This provision does NOT apply to undeveloped land within the city limits that exceeds three (3) acres in size."


If a citizen suspects a specific location of a violation, they should feel free to report this to the Animal Control Department any day of the week, Sunday through Saturday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5p.m.


The Animal Control Officers will respond to the location and investigate the matter as quickly as possible and take appropriate action, including the issuance of pertinent citation(s).



Hal Richards, Mayor




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Terrell, Texas 75160
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