In our June 2011 Flavor section, we have a story on Farm-fresh Chicken plus recipes. We mentioned the ordinances by cities that now allow this.
BackYard Chicken Ordinances by City
Sec. 6-3.1. Keeping poultry.
It shall be unlawful, and it is hereby declared a public nuisance for any person in charge of a residence to keep, harbor or maintain or allow to be kept more than four (4) poultry animals per acre or part of an acre at such residence unless the residence is licensed as a commercial animal establishment with proper zoning classification therefor.
(Ord. No. 87-1766, § 1, 10-13-87; Ord. No. 2003-2991, § 1, 8-12-03)
Sec. 4-4. Permitting fowl to run at large prohibited; enclosure required.
No person shall keep more than two (2) fowl per lot for areas of the City of Grandview zoned as R-1A, R-1 and R-1M (Single Family Residential Districts). In those areas of the City of Grandview zoned as AG (Agricultural District) there shall be no limit to the number of fowl allowed to be housed on each tract of land therein. All fowl shall be kept in an enclosure, approved by the Community Development Department prior to the commencement of construction, and such enclosure shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times. Such structure shall be inspected by the Community Development Department on a regular basis to ensure that the structure is maintained according [to] the provisions in Chapter 4 of the Code of Laws. The minimum distance between the structure housing the fowl and the nearest dwelling unit or place of business, except the house of the person keeping the fowl, shall be one hundred fifty (150) feet in areas of the City zoned AG (Agricultural District). The minimum distance between the structure housing the fowl and the nearest dwelling unit shall be twenty (20) feet in areas of the city zoned R-1A, R-1 or R1-M (Single Family Residential District).
(Ord. No. 4107, § 2, 10-23-90; Ord. No. 5526, § 1, 9-24-02; Ord. No. 6164, § 1, 1-22-08)
(f) Number of animals or fowl; keeping of roosters. Except where fowl, rabbits or other small animals are kept for sale within a bona fide produce market, commission house or store for the purpose of trade and while so kept are confined in small coops, boxes or cages, or where such animals or fowl are kept for purposes of research in a laboratory, or in areas zoned for agricultural use, it shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain, within 100 feet of the nearest portion of any dwelling or other building occupied by or in any way used by human beings except for a dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of such animals, more than 15 chickens or other domestic fowl four months or more of age or 50 chicks or other domestic fowl under four months of age, or more than ten rabbits or other small animals over the age of four months, or more than 25 rabbits or other small animals under the age of four months. No rooster which crows shall be kept within 300 feet of any residence or dwelling except that of the owner or keeper.
Springfield: (city site)
B. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain more than twenty (20) fowl or more than ten
(10) small animals within two hundred feet (200') of the nearest portion of any residential dwelling other
than any dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of said small animals and fowl.
10.20.011 Prohibition against keeping more than four animals in a residential zone.
A. No person shall keep more than four domestic animals on any parcel of property located within a residentially zoned district, nor shall any person permit or allow more than four domestic animals to be kept or domiciled on any such parcel of property; except that any person may keep more than four domestic animals but no more than eight domestic animals on any parcel of property by obtaining a noncommercial kennel permit from the Health Commissioner.
B. Any person that obtains a noncommercial kennel permit must contain the animals within the confines of the dwelling unit, or if said animals are taken outside or permitted outside, the animals must be kept in a fenced yard or leashed so as to prevent running at large. It shall not be a violation for more than four domestic animals to be domiciled or kept in a multifamily dwelling with more than four dwelling units if the total number of domestic animals in all units is not greater than the total number of units. It shall be the duty of the owner of a multifamily dwelling located within a residentially zoned district to ensure that said dwelling complies with the provisions of this part. Nothing herein shall be construed to repeal the provision of the City’s Exotic Animal Ordinance. (Ord. 62941 § 3, 1993: prior: Ord. 62853 § 3, 1993.)