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Domestic Hens

Please note that domesticated hen permitting and renewal has moved to Metro Animal Care and Control. Applications will only be received at Metro Animal Care and Control, and all mail should be sent to:

Domesticated Hen Permits
5125 Harding Place
Nashville, TN 37211

Raising backyard chickens will require sound animal care and management, including proper planning, careful management, disease prevention plan to control diseases, and a complete and balanced feeding and watering program.

Make sure you follow the guidelines set forth by the Metropolitan Government of Davidson County before getting started in raising your backyard chickens.

For permits expiring on 1/1/2017, MPHD will be accepting renewal payments online. Please check this page or follow us on Twitter for updates about this upcoming feature.