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Posted on: November 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Proposed Zoning Code Amendment to Allow Chickens on Residential Properties

The City Council will be considering an ordinance to allow keeping of chickens on residential properties at the City Council Meeting on December 7 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 800 East County Road E. Updated ordinances and memo can be found below. The following is a summary of the proposed regulations (final ordinance to be posted prior to the meeting): 

  • Permitted accessory uses on single-family residential properties in the R-1 District 
  • 1-acre minimum lot size
  • Principal building must be located on the property
  • 5 chickens allowed, with provisions for up to 20 chickens on larger lot parcels 
  • Roosters are prohibited
  • Coop must be located in rear yard and set-back 50 feet from adjacent dwellings and 20 feet from property lines 
  • Raising chickens for breeding purposes is prohibited 
  • Slaughtering outdoors is prohibited 
  • Chickens must be fully-contained by fencing or appropriately monitored by the owner 
  • 1 coop is required, with an additional coop allowed on larger lot parcels 
  • Coop must have 4 square feet of floor area per chicken, up to 120 square feet and 12 feet high 
  • Coop must be architecturally-compatible with the principal building 
  • Food materials stored outside must be within closed lids 
  • Property must be maintained in a clean, sanitary, and odor-free environment 
  • Property must not be a public nuisance 
  • Cockfighting is prohibited 
  • Chickens must not be kept within a principal building or garage
  • Eggs produced must be for personal use and consumption – not for sale 
  • The City has the right to inspect the property to verify compliance 
  • Administrative permit is required and is not transferable to a new property owner 
  • Property owner must occupy the property 

For questions, please contact Planning/Community Development Director Nolan Wall at 651-204-6027 or nolan.wall@cityvadnaisheights.com.


Staff Memo (PDF)

Proposed Ordinance 702 (PDF)

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