Can i own chickens in middle smithfeild pa? zip code 18302


5 Years
Apr 16, 2014
I live on half an acre of land, now I'm confused in east Stroudsburg it says you can own them, but in middle smithfeild you can't unless you have 5 acres of land? my mailing address says east Stroudsburg, though I don't actually live in the town itself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I am in Middle Smithfield also. You can check the zoning at ecode360. What I gather is you can have up to 5 pets commonly sold at a pet store. Poultry falls under agriculture. For that you need 2 acres. There is some way to get an exemption thew the Monroe County Conservation District. I spoke to one of the township reps and she seemed positive about backyard chickens. Our neighbor Smithfield was in the paper a couple of years back, and the poor guy was given 15 days to dump his chickens, and $500 fine per day after if he didn't conform.

At ecode there is mention of exemptions:

The Agriculture, Communities and Rural Environment Initiative (ACRE), amending Title 3 (Agriculture), also provides additional exemptions from municipal zoning regulations. [Note: See 3 P.S. § 1717, 3 P.S. § 911(b), 3 P.S. § 951 et seq., 53 P.S. § 10603(b), 53 P.S. § 10603(h) and Act 38 of 2005, respectively.]

But I have not had the time to dig further. The borough allows up to 25 chickens, but I don't remember seeing anything about property size. NYC 5 boroughs have no limit on the number of chickens or minimum lots.

They all have zoning in place for structures, odor, noise etc.

Maybe we fix this.

Did you guys get to keep your chickens? I have 10 in e.s. but I'm also middle smithfield too. I cant lose my babies. They are everything to me

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