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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sc00ter4900, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Sc00ter4900

    Sc00ter4900 Songster

    Jun 7, 2009
    Hello I was wondering about permits. Im building a Chicken coop . Do I need a permit? where would I find out? Or should I even ask. I have almost 7 acers And im in the woods. I dont bother the neibors And they dont really bother with me. I'm using shed plans and redoing it to fit the chickens.
    Thanks Scotty

  2. team_realtree

    team_realtree Songster

    Jun 28, 2009
    i didnt bother to....
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Don't ask. You may not like the answer you get. [​IMG]
  4. Sc00ter4900

    Sc00ter4900 Songster

    Jun 7, 2009
    I agree I dont want to open a can of worms LOL
  5. RHewittJr

    RHewittJr In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2009
    Go coop crazy and build away. Better to beg forgiveness.
  6. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    We actually have a shed, and we just cut a small hole in the side, attached some hinges, and whalla! Instant chicken coop! We have a completely covered area on the outside, so they can be in or out when they feel! Inside the shed we built a counter, and put chicken fence around the bottom so they don't have free run of the shed. This way they get out of the elements, and we get use of our shed still!
    The girls have taken it upon themselves to lay in the shed too! This makes it easy to collect their eggs at night.
    We didn't ask, and didn't tell!
  7. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Fountain Green, UT
    I needed a permit in my town. It was a painless process. Check with the city/town planning commission.

  8. Sc00ter4900

    Sc00ter4900 Songster

    Jun 7, 2009
    Quote:Cities are money hungry right now so I agree with you. Im using a lot of old wood laying around And a freind has 2x12 planks that i can cut into 2x4s. Free is for me [​IMG]

  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It should not be difficult to find out what the criteria are in your municipality for whether you need a permit, and what setbacks etc you need to observe. Just phone the municipal office (use a cell-phone or somebody else's phone if you are really paranoid) and ask about hte general guidelines. There are quite likely *some* -- where I currently live, there are setbacks that must be observed and you need a permit for anything over 108 sq ft or that's attached to an existing structure.

    The reason I'm encouraging you to find out is that it is not impossible for someone to hassle you about it later on, so the closer you can come to complying with bylaw, the less trouble it will cause you. And if it turns out that what you want to do *could* be required to be torn down later on, you might want to be aware of that during the construction phase.

    I would not necessarily ask them about a chicken coop specifically, though, especially if chickens are not strictly-speaking legal for you [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  10. There are some rural areas...I'm in one...that there are no zoning laws for me. No permit required for the 12 x 20 shed I had built, delivered, and erected...or for the 10 x10 shed that is the chicken coop that was built on site.

    Recently I had a new roof and gutters put on my house, and siding installed...no permits required.
    If you call any local contractor...or any outfit that builds and delivers sheds...they will be able to tell you what the rules are in your area.

    Terry in TN

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