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Manchester New Hampshire Chicken Ordinance

Manchester New Hampshire Chicken Ordinance

Are Chickens Allowed in this location Yes
Max Chickens Allowed 1 per acre, additional per 1/4 acre
Roosters Allowed Yes
Permit Required No
Coop Restrictions none
City/Organization Contact name Manchester / Planning and Community Development Department Phone (603) 624-6450 E-mail:
Additional Information \"8.08 Agriculture and livestock A minimum of one acre shall be required to maintain one animal defined as livestock. For each additional such animal, an additional one quarter acre shall be required\" \"Livestock: Generally accepted outdoor farm animals, such as, but not limited to, cows, goats, horses, sheep and barnyard fowl, and not including cats, dogs and other common house pets.\"
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Information Last Updated 2011-08-04 23:10:21

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I just checked the latest information for Manchester NH because I live there and this is what I found at the city's zoning page.
8.30 The Keeping of Domesticated Chickens (09/14)
1. Purpose. It is the intent of this Section to allow for the keeping of domestic chicken 
hens in residential areas for the sole use and enjoyment of the residents of the lot on 
which such animals are kept. It is also the intent of this Section to protect and 
promote the health, safety, and welfare of residents by not allowing chickens of a 
number and type that would otherwise constitute a nuisance or menace to the public 
health and safety or cause disturbance of the peace in neighborhoods. 
Chickens kept as domesticated pets by the residents of a dwelling unit shall be 
maintained in accordance with all applicable City of Manchester ordinances and 
regulations, New Hampshire RSA 644:8 Cruelty to Animals, as well as the following 
a. Locations Allowed. Domestic chickens are allowed as an accessory use on any 
lot which is at least one half (1/2) acre in size, is located in the “R-S”, “R-1A”, 
“R-1B”, “R-2”, “R-SM” and “R-3” zoning districts and which is utilized for 
residential purposes. 
b. Number and Type of Chickens Allowed. Up to six (6) chicken hens of any 
breed may be kept. Roosters are prohibited. 
c. Limitations. The keeping of chickens shall be for personal use only, and the 
owner of the property must be a resident of a dwelling unit on the lot where they 
are kept. No person shall sell eggs or engage in chicken breeding, slaughtering or 
any commercial activity related to the keeping of the hens. 
d. Henhouses and Fenced Areas Required. All hens shall be kept within 
structures and fenced areas and shall not be permitted to roam free nor to be kept 
or raised within a dwelling. Structures and fenced areas for hens must be located 
in side or rear yards and must be set back a minimum of twenty (20) feet from 
property lines. Henhouses and fenced areas must also meet the following 
(1.) Henhouses and fenced areas must, at all times, adequately contain the hens, 
provide them with adequate ventilation, be kept in a neat and sanitary condition, and be maintained in a manner that will not disturb the use or enjoyment of neighboring lots due to noise, odor or other adverse impact. The henhouse must provide a minimum of three (3) square feet per hen; and (2.) Henhouses and fenced enclosures shall be no more than six (6) feet in height, be enclosed on all sides, and shall provide adequate protection forthe hens from weather and wild or domestic animals; and (3.) The henhouse must be located upon a permeable surface that prevents waste runoff and the materials used in making the henhouse shall be uniform for each element of the structure. The use of scrap material shall be prohibited; and (4.) All chicken feed must be securely stored and protected from the elements; and (5.) All stored manure shall be...
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