Chickens and Ducks

A keeping of chickens and ducks permit is required prior to having chickens and ducks and must be reapplied for every two years along with $100 permit fee.


Download a keeping of chickens and ducks application.

The following are required for application:

  • A completed keeping of chickens and ducks permit application.
  • A side view drawing of the proposed coop and attached run, including construction materials.
  • A drawing of the location of the proposed coop and attached run on a survey or a scaled site plan.
  • Evidence of completion of backyard poultry keeping course. Accepted courses can be found below.
  • An email or letter from your housing association signifying that chickens and ducks are permitted.
  • $100 fee, payable to the City of Cottage Grove.

Application and accompanying materials should be submitted to:
City of Cottage Grove
ATTN: Business Licensing
12800 Ravine Parkway
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 


View a summary of the requirements for keeping backyard chickens and ducks.

Accepted educational courses:
University of Minnesota
Shepard Farm
Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply
Nicollet Ace Hardware

Please contact the City Clerk's office at 651-458-2878 with questions.  email City Clerk Tamara Anderson