Laws pertaining to keeping chickens
The following is a short list of laws regarding the keeping of chickens.
As you will see, there are some GLARING differences between many cities and their suburban counterparts.
Los Angeles, CA. Number of chickens you can keep is unlimited. Chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner’s residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling.
Washington D.C. Section 902 of the Animal Control Code requires hens to be 50 ft. from any residence. Citizens are currently working to eliminate the 50 ft. rule, and to modify the requirement that you have to get written consent from all your neighbors before you keep chickens. Currently, chickens are neither legal nor expressly illegal in D.C
New York City, NY. Chickens are considered pets under the Health Code. Unlimited number of hens allowed; no roosters or other types of poultry. Code mentions cleanliness of chicken area must be kept clean.
Chicago, IL. Can have unlimited number of chickens if use is only for pets or eggs; cannot have if use is to slaughter. Must be penned.
Baltimore City, MD. Up to four chickens can be kept (no roosters) as long as they are confined to a moveable pen that is kept 25 feet away from all residences.
Baltimore City, MD. You can have up to for hens, no roosters, must have a permit
Las Vegas, NV. Roosters not allowed. Hens allowed if kept in a coop, but must notify Animal Control first. Chickens can’t be kept in a basement, house or cellar.
Carpentersville, IL. Chickens not allowed
Batavia, IL. Chickens not allowed
As you can see, the 3 biggest cities in this country find NO PROBLEM with people keeping chickens for pets,eggs, etc.
Yet many or the suburbs surrounding these cities do have a problem. The explainations or reasons don’t hold water!
In our area (the Fox Valley Region of Illinois) most communities have some sort of ordinance prohibiting chickens, and our county
(Kane) has a 1 acre rule with a very large portion being rural.
It’s time to change these silly laws keeping people from some sort of self sufficiency.