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Domestic Hens

Please mail domesticated hen permit and renewal application, or deliver in person, to Lentz Public Health Center.

Domesticated Hen Permits
Lentz Public Health Center
Attn: Brenda Lyle
2500 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
FAX: 615-340-0586

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.

Applications may now be submitted online or faxed, Please include the following:

  • Completed application
  • Picture of coop
  • Picture of ID

For online payments, use the renew my permit feature.

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

Renew your domestic hen permit

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.