Council Passes Ordinance to Allow Chickens with Regulation – Permit Required

GOLF MANOR (8/31/2018) – Raising chickens in the backyards of residential properties has become popular in the new Millennium as families try to provide more wholesome, less costly food choices for their families.

Golf Manor Village Council recognizes and supports this trend, but realizes that there is a need to provide some guidelines around this practice to ensure the health, well being and safety of the entire community. After three readings, the first on July 23, 2018, Council passed ORD. 2018-12, “An Ordinance Regulating Chickens” in the Village of Golf Manor. See the complete text of the Ordinance here.

Specifically, §505.19 refers to the practice of keeping chickens in the R-A Residential Single Family District and R-B Multi-Family District of the Village. These regulations will take effect on October 1, 2018 and refer to chickens raised for personal use. Chickens may not be kept, raised or used for commercial puposes, including but not limited to the sale of chickens or eggs or to convey the same for profit, in which case such chickens are deemed to be “farm animals” as defined in the Code, and therefore are not permitted.

In summary:

  • Each residential household in the R-A Redsidential Single Family District may keep up to six (6) female chickens (a/k/a hens) on the premises at any time. If two or more residents share a common chicken habitat or coop on an R-B Multi-Family District premises, up to 12 female chickens may be kept at any time. Male chickens (roosters) are prohibited.
  • No chickens may be slaughtered on any residential property in the Village. Chicken feed must be kept in a rodent- and predator-proof container.
  • Chickens may only be maintained outdoors in a predator-proof chicken house, coop or other structure that is throughly ventilated, of sufficiant size to permit free movement of the animals, designated to be easily accessed, cleaned, and maintained by the owner, and at least two (2) square feet in size for each chicken.
  • Any resident keeping chickens on property in the districts defined are required to obtain a permit from the office of the Village Administrator. There will be no fee for the permit. The requirements and responsibilities of the owner, as well as the rights of inspection by the Village and penalities for violation are detailed in the Ordinance.

See the complete text of the ORD. 2018-12 here.

The Chicken Permit application is here.

Suspected violations of this Ordinance should be reported to the Property Maintenance Hotline at 513-800-6158 or online here.

 

 

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