Laws for chicken keeping in Hamilton County and Green Township in the Cincinnati area

By Shido Burrito · Sep 20, 2014 · Updated Sep 20, 2014 ·
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    Hamilton County and Green Township, Cincinnati, OH Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
    Max Chickens Allowed10/household
    Roosters AllowedNo
    Permit RequiredNo permit, but a "Certification of Compliance with Suburban Agriculture
    Coop RestrictionsSuburban Chicken Enclosure. Any accessory building or enclosure (including fences) shall be located a minimum of twenty (20) feet from all property lines, shall be located within the rear yard, shall provide a minimum of 10 square feet in area per chicken with a maximum size of 100 square feet for the total enclosure area, and shall be a maximum of 6 feet in height at the highest point.
    City/Organization Contact nameHamilton County Planning & Development, 138 E. Court St., Cinti, Oh, 45202 (513) 946-4550
    Additional Information
    Purpose. The sole purpose of keeping Suburban Chickens is for the farming of their eggs for the private consumption of the property owner and not to sell the product. In no case shall any product produced or made as a result of the keeping of suburban chickens as provided in this section be offered for sale on any property zoned for residential use. Furthermore, these regulations are not meant to limit poultry husbandry uses as regulated by Section 3-9.

    Confinement. Chickens shall not be permitted to be outside the designated fenced enclosure and shall be closed up in their coop between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

    Slaughter. No chicken shall be slaughtered on property zoned for residential use; however, those chickens that die through some other means or are slaughtered off site may be cleaned and dressed on the property for consumption or disposal.
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    Information Last Updated9/20/2014

    Please call the Hamilton County Zoning department for the Certification of Compliance. Certification is for those under Hamilton County law in Cincinnati. No certificate is needed for those who live in Green Township (Monfort Heights and White Oak area), but the laws are exactly the same as Hamilton County's.

    NOTE: This information was submitted by a member of our chicken forum. Please make sure to double check that this information is accurate before you proceed with raising chickens. You can read more info about checking local laws here.

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