Backyard Chicken Program


Recognizing the many environmental benefits of raising backyard chickens, The Borough of Oaklyn passed an ordinance in 2016 allowing home owners to keep hens. In order to participate, residences must comply with the regulations set forth in Ordinance #14-16, including, but not limited to: certification training, Borough license, annual fee, and property requirements. Additional details are available in the links below.


Are you ready to join the Backyard Chicken Revolution?


Step 3: Once you pass inspection, your inspector with submit your class certificate, completed license application and license fee ($10-$20) to the Oaklyn Borough Clerk. Please keep a copy of all documentation for your records.  A processed license will be sent to you from the Borough Clerk's office which will be good for one  year. Each year you MUST submit a license application and fee.


Step 1: Oaklyn residents must attend The Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens in the Suburbs administered by our partners at Camden County Chickens. To register or for details on the next training event, please e-mail Gwenne Baile ("The Chicken Lady of South Jersey") or call her at (856) 858-6644.

Step 2: Once you've attained a certificate of class completion, print your license application (link at top of page) and contact Oaklyn Backyard Chicken Advisory Board to schedule a consultation and/or a property inspection to ensure you're in compliance with Ordinance #14-16, including coop location (Beth Haviland Bennett at             (856) 676-2320 or Liane Hasner at


Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens: 2020 Class Schedule (Mandatory)