A proposal for Fowl in Smyrna

Information for a “Good neighbor fowl system”

Chickens in other cities

Albuquerque: Zoning allows the raising of unlimited poultry if penned at least 20 feet from neighboring dwellings. Atlanta: Up to 25 chickens may be kept if adequately housed, i.e. 2 square feet per adult bird, and their enclosure is 50 feet from the nearest neighbor. Austin: Up to 10 fowl per household, but keep in an enclosure that's 50 feet away from neighbors. Boston: All residential zones in Boston forbid "auxiliary keeping of animals," which includes poultry and other livestock. No person shall keep any live fowl of other farm animals, except in accordance with a permit from the Division of Health Inspections, Inspectional Services Department. Chicago: May keep unlimited number of chickens for personal use, but their slaughter is forbidden. Los Angeles: Chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner's residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling. Crowing fowl must be 100 feet from any dwelling. Madison: Up to four chickens per household. Not allowed to roam free. Keep pen 25 ft. from neighbors. $6 annual permit required. Miami: May have up to 15 hens, no roosters. Must be contained at least 100 feet from neighboring structures. Minneapolis: Must obtain permission of 80% of your neighbors that live within 100 feet. Must be kept penned. New York: Health Code § 161.19 Keeping of live poultry and rabbits. (a) No person shall keep a live rooster, duck, goose or turkey in a built-up portion of the City. (b) A person who holds a permit to keep for sale or sell live rabbits or poultry shall keep them in coops and runways and prevent them from being at large. Coops shall be whitewashed or otherwise treated in a manner approved by the Department at least once a year and at such other times as the Department may direct in order to keep them clean. Coops, runways and the surrounding area shall be kept clean. Portland: Any animal may be raised for noncommercial purposes with no animals kept on any lot less than three (3) acres or closer than one hundred (100) feet to any street or lot line.

Raleigh: No limit on number of chickens kept. San Francisco: You may keep any combination of four small animals on your property (dogs, chickens, etc.) without permit Seattle: Three domestic fowl may be kept on any lot.

Minneapolis Minnesota code


70.10. Permit required. (a) No person shall anywhere in the city keep, harbor, or maintain care, custody, or control over any small animal or any fowl such as a chicken, turkey, duck, or pigeon, without obtaining a permit issued by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. (b) The Manager of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control may grant permit pursuant to this section after the applicant has sought the written consent of at least eighty (80) percent of the occupants of the several descriptions of real estate situated within one hundred (100) feet of the applicant's real estate. Such written consent shall be required on the initial application and as often thereafter as the Manager of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control deems necessary. (c) No permit shall be granted to keep any animal, fowl, or pigeon within a dwelling unit or part thereof, nor on any real estate which contains three (3) or more dwelling units. (d) This section shall not apply to dogs, cats, ferrets, or rabbits nor to veterinarians or licensed pet shops or licensed kennels. (e) Application for permit. Any person desiring a permit under this chapter shall make written application to Minneapolis Animal Care and Control Approval of application is subject to conditions prescribed by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. Failure to adhere to conditions is cause for cancellation of the permit and/or result in an administrative fine. (f) Duration of permit. All permits issued shall expire on January 31 of the following year after its issuance unless sooner revoked. The annual fee for such permit shall be thirty dollars ($30.00) which shall be paid at time of application. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control will inspect the premise annually or as deemed necessary. (g) Refusal to grant permit. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control may refuse a permit to keep or maintain animals or fowl hereunder for failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter, and shall refuse a permit if such animals or fowl should not be kept upon the premises described in the application for the permit. If any such permit is refused, the fee paid with the application shall be retained by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. (h) Enforcement. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control shall enforce the provisions of this chapter.

Smyrna Codes to cover other issues of worry

Noise 10-205 “Noisy dogs or cats prohibited” (This code can be amended to include fowls)

Animals running loose Smyrna Code 10-101 “Running at large prohibited”

Sanitary and health 10-103 “Pen and enclosure to be kept clean”