Hastings Minnesota Chicken Ordinance
Are Chickens Allowed in this location Yes Max Chickens Allowed 4 Roosters Allowed No Permit Required Yes Coop Restrictions See below City/Organization Contact name Additional Information (H) Keeping of chickens. (1) Purpose. The purpose of this division is to provide a means, through the establishment of specific standards and procedures, by which chickens can be kept in areas that are principally not used for agricultural. It is recognized that the keeping of chickens is clearly incidental and subordinate to the primary use and will not be allowed to negatively affect the character, health, safety or general welfare of the surrounding area. (2) Regulations. The keeping of chickens requires a license to be granted by the City Council. The following conditions are requirements of the license: (a) Allowed in specified zoning districts as an accessory use to a school or museum; (b) No roosters permitted; (c) Four chickens are allowed per acre. Chickens are prohibited on properties less than 1 acre; and (d) Confinement restrictions. Chickens must be kept and confined as follows: 1. Fenced area to keep the chickens contained on the property at all times; 2. Food containers and feeders must not be accessible to rodents and wild birds; 3. Sanitary conditions must be maintained; 4. Fecal matter shall not accumulate in a manner that causes odor; 5. Injury or annoyance to others. No chicken may be kept or raised in a manner as to cause injury or annoyance to persons or other animals on other property in the vicinity by reason of noise, odor or filth; 6. Impounding chicken. Any chicken at large or in violation of this section may be impounded by the city, and after being impounded for 5 business days or more without being reclaimed by the owner, may be humanely euthanized or sold without notice. Failure to claim an impounded chicken may result in the revocation of the license. A person reclaiming any impounded chicken shall pay the cost of impounding and keeping the same; and 7. Covered enclosure (coop) must be provided to protect chickens from the elements and predators. The required enclosure must meet the following requirements: a. All accessory building regulations under \' 155.05(D); 2010 S-6 b. Completely covered, secured and with a solid floor; and c. Setback 25 feet from homes on adjoining lots. (3) License. Keeping chickens requires a license to be granted by the City Council. (a) Staff shall notify property owners within 350 feet of the Planning Commission meeting, at which a recommendation will be made to the City Council for granting of a license. Failure of a property owner to receive the notice shall not invalidate any such proceedings as set forth within this code. (b) The license shall not run with the land and shall not be transferable. (c) If the license is approved by the City Council, staff shall inspect the property to determine if all of the provisions of this section are met prior to issuing the license. (d) Licenses shall be issued for a 1 year probationary period from the date of City Council approval. The City Council shall consider issuance of a full license at the end of the probationary period. (e) The City Council may revoke the license if the conditions of this section is not followed or if unresolved nuisances arise. (f) An annual license fee shall be paid to the city prior to issuance of the license. The annual license fee shall be established by ordinance. (Prior Code, \' 10.14) (Am. Ord. 2007-05, 3rd Series, passed 9-4-2007; Am. Ord. 2008-6, 3rd Series, passed 3-17-2008; Am. Ord. 2009-08, 3rd Series, passed 9-21-2009) Penalty, see \' 10.99 Link for more Information http://www.ci.hastings.mn.us/CityGovernment/Charter&Ordinances/CodeTitle09.pdf#page=17 Information Last Updated 2011-01-06 11:04:07
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