Below you will find references to areas of the Texas law that relate to backyard animals. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.
Backyard animals are primarily regulated by Texas municipalities. Be sure to also check your local code of ordinances to see if any additional laws exist. See our Municipal Laws and Ordinances page for assistance locating your local laws.
There is no state law regulating backyard chickens. If you live in a municipality, your local laws will determine whether or not you can have backyard chickens. Below are links to local laws related to chickens for some of Texas' most populous cities. If your city is not listed below, see our Municipal Laws and Ordinances page for assistance locating your local laws.
As librarians, we are unable to interpret the law. Please contact your local officials if you have questions on the local laws for your area.
To learn more about backyard bee-keeping in Texas, see the resources below for more information.