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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Ordinance amendment allows for the keeping of urban chickens

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The City Council approved an ordinance amendment on July 2, 2018 that allows for the keeping of chickens on urban residential properties.


Single-family property owners must apply for a one-time administrative permit and comply with the performance standards included in the Zoning Ordinance amendment. The maximum number of chickens allowed is three hens per property and the keeping of roosters is prohibited. A coop and run are required for housing the hens and the chickens cannot roam freely on the premises.


For more information regarding the requirements for keeping chickens, go to the Lakeville City Code online, Ordinances Pending Codification - 997 Misc. Code Amendments. (Once codified, search for Section 11-35-3.)  Download the administrative permit (PDF) or find it under Licenses & Permits.


All property owners must comply with these regulations. Administrative permits approved for the keeping of chickens cannot be transferred to another owner upon the sale or change in occupancy of the property.


Property owners who are currently keeping chickens on their urban property must now comply with this ordinance, including completing and submitting the administrative permit.


Ongoing compliance with the performance standards will be determined on a complaint basis and should be reported to Planning Department staff at 952-985-4420.

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