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Animal Law

A guide to resources available online and in the library on the law surrounding pets and service animals, wild animals, wild game, and livestock.

Backyard Animals


Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas law related to backyard animals. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, please see the resources below for more information.

Texas Law

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.

Chickens

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.

Bee Keeping

To learn more about backyard bee-keeping in Texas, see the resources below for more information.

E-books at the Texas State Law Library

You can borrow the e-books below with your library account. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account online! Learn more about how to register online.