I called our city and chickens are allowed, he didn't even ask where in the city we live. I called and asked if I was calling the right number to see if we could have chickens and he answered "you can have chickens". The only restrictions are no roosters and the chickens have to stay on our property. We have a 6 foot privacy fence so I don't think that would be an issue with heavier breeds, plus we would only let them free range if we are out there to protect our garden. Anyway, it's against our HOA rules. We are in a relatively new area and we have a "master" HOA with home owner board members. So there is a company that runs the HOA and sends out fines and such, but the board members own in the neighborhood. I emailed the HOA Board President and asked him if there was any chance to change that rule or if there could be any exception made. I haven't heard back. Our HOA does almost nothing. I've read through the rules and the majority of the people in the neighborhood break them all of the time (no trash cans in view of the street, yards have to be maintained, no parking on the street long term, every change to our yards has to be approved by the HOA, etc) so they aren't very strong against breaking the rules in the 4.5 years we've lived here. But now I asked so they know who I am. Maybe I should have just done it and asked forgiveness, but I'm trying to go about this in an honest way. I've had my heart set on chickens and I will be so disappointed if they say no exceptions, no way to change the rule, sorry you're screwed. I would rather find out now before putting time/money into chicks and a coop though. Anyway, the point of this post. How hard would you fight against the HOA to change the rule? And if you would fight...how do you even go about it if they strike me down?