Nashville Tennessee Chicken Ordinance

Are Chickens Allowed in Nashville?Yes-in certain areas, and not in others
Max Chickens Allowedvaries per lot size
Roosters AllowedNo
Permit RequiredYes
Coop Restrictions25 feet away from any residence, and 10 feet from property line
City/Organization Contact nameVice Mayor Diane Neighbors 204 Metro Courthouse 1 Public Square Nashville TN 37201 880-3357 226-6073
Additional InformationOrdinance No. BL2009-510 (Holleman & LaLonde) This ordinance is an alternative to Ordinance No. BL2009-499 that would allow chickens in residential zoning districts on a limited basis. Like BL2009-499, this ordinance adds definitions for domestic and exotic animals. Domestic animals would include farm animals that may be kept for commercial sale on a farm or for family food production, education, or recreation. These would include cats, cattle, chickens, dogs, ducks, geese, goats, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, mules, oxen, pheasants, pigeons, sheep, and swine. Some of these domestic animals may also be considered household pets, which the ordinance defines as those animals raised for human companionship, such as birds, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rabbits. This ordinance also includes a new accessory use in the residential districts for poultry kept for non-commercial purposes. The ordinance considers poultry to be a domestic animal, and defines poultry as chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, or pheasants kept for the purpose of collecting eggs or feathers, but not to be used for meat. The number of chickens that would be allowed on residential property is based upon the lot size, as follows: Max. # Poultry Parcel Area(sq ft) Acreage 2 3,750 to 5,009 0.09 to .11 4 5,010 to 10,236 .12 to .23 6 10,237 to 87,119 .24 to 1.99 none 87,120 or more 2.0 or more In addition, the following conditions will apply to chickens kept in the residential zoning districts: o No roosters would be allowed. o No poultry would be permitted in the front yard. o The poultry must be kept in a predator-proof enclosure that is at least 25 feet away from any residence and 10 feet from the property line. o No slaughtering would be permitted on the property. o No poultry breeding would be permitted on the property. There is a substitute for this ordinance that attempts to merge these two ordinances into one consensus bill. The substitute would only allow chickens on single-family lots, and would set a minimum lot size for keeping chickens.
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Information Last Updated2010-03-17 00:00:00

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