Maplewood, Minnesota Chicken Ordinance

By Angiebubs · May 6, 2013 · Updated May 15, 2013 ·
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    Maplewood, Minnesota Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this location

    Max Chickens Allowed10
    Roosters AllowedNo
    Permit RequiredYes75. for intial permit. 50 for renewal
    Coop Restrictions
    Ordinance No. 913 (5) A separate coop is required to house the chickens. Coops must be constructed
    and maintained to meet the following minimum standards:
    (a) Located in the rear or side yard.
    (b) Setback at least five (5) feet from the rear or side property lines.
    (c) Interior floor space – four (4) square feet per bird.
    (d) Interior height – six (6) feet to allow access for cleaning and maintenance.
    (e) Doors – one (1) standard door to allow humans to access the coop and
    one (1) for birds (if above ground level, must also provide a stable ramp).
    (f) Windows – one (1) square foot window per ten (10) square feet floor
    space. Windows must be able to open for ventilation.
    (g) Climate control – adequate ventilation and/or insulation to maintain the
    coop temperature between 32 – 85 degrees Farenheit.
    (h) Nest boxes – one (1) box per every three (3) hens.

    (i) Roosts – one and one-half (1 ½) inch diameter or greater, located
    eighteen (18) inches from the wall and two (2) to three (3) inches above
    the floor.
    (j) Rodent proof – coop construction and materials must be adequate to
    prevent access by rodents.
    (k) Coops shall be constructed and maintained in a workmanlike manner.
    (6) A run or exercise yard is required.
    (a) Runs must be constructed and maintained to meet the following minimum
    1) Location: rear or side yard.
    2) Size: Ten (10) square feet per bird, if access to a fenced exercise
    yard is also available; sixteen (16) square feet per bird, if access
    to an exercise yard is not available. If the coop is elevated two
    (2) feet so the hens can access the space beneath, that area may
    count as a portion of the minimum run footprint.
    3) Height: Six (6) feet in height to allow access for cleaning and
    4) Gate: One gate to allow human access to the run.
    5) Cover: Adequate to keep hens in and predators out.
    6) Substrate: Composed of material that can be easily raked or
    regularly replace to reduce odor and flies.
    (b) Exercise yards must be fenced and is required if the run does not provide
    at least sixteen (16) square feet per bird. Exercise yards must provide a
    minimum of one-hundred seventy-four (174) square feet per chicken.
    (7) Chickens must not be housed in a residential house or an attached or detached
    garage, except for brooding purposes only.
    (8) All premises on which hens are kept or maintained shall be kept clean from filth,
    garbage, and any substances which attract rodents. The coop and its
    surrounding must be cleaned frequently enough to control odor. Manure shall
    not be allowed to accumulate in a way that causes an unsanitary condition or
    causes odors detectible on another property. Failure to comply with these
    conditions may result in the officer removing chickens from the premises or
    revoking a chicken permit.
    (9) All grain and food stored for the use of the hens on a premise with a chicken
    permit shall be kept in a rodent proof container.
    (10) Hens shall not be kept in such a manner as to constitute a nuisance to the
    occupants of adjacent property.

    (11) Dead chickens must be disposed of according to the Minnesota Board of Animal
    Health rules which require chicken carcasses to be disposed of as soon as
    possible after death, usually within forty-eight (48) to seventy-two (72) hours.
    Legal forms of chicken carcass disposal include burial, off-site incineration or
    rendering, or composting.
    City/Organization Contact name
    Additional InformationLeg banding required which identify the owner and owners address and telephone number.
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    Information Last UpdatedMay 6, 2013

    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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