City Hall wont tell me...

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by NewHopePoultry, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    I live in a rural town in Lincoln County Missouri.
    Ive asked city hall if I can have chickens or not and they wont give me an answer.
    I currently have 3 hens. Ive only had them for about a week and so far no one has said anything about them.
  2. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    You have done your part by asking. Let it drop.

    The ball WAS in their court. They didn't respond. Let it go. [​IMG]

    Have a nice time with your chickens !!! [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
    P.S. Where I was raised, you don't stir a "dry" cow-pie just to see if it will "stink". [​IMG]
  3. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    Im not going to ask them again. I'll just keep them until someone says something,lol.
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Sometimes, you can check online or visit your city hall and look at zoning/livestock ordinances on your own just to make sure. Also, sometimes it takes asking the right person at the right time to get an answer. Just because they don't respond doesn't mean that you're in the right or that it's OK. The city is always in the right even if they are in the wrong or drop the ball.

    However, since the worst that could happen is that they tell you to get rid of them (or fine you if you don't) I wouldn't worry about it too much if you decide to keep them. If your neighbors have them, you have a large lot, or if you are zoned rural/agricultural, you're probably OK anyway.
  5. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    Quote:Makes GOOD SENSE to me.

    Have FUN !!! [​IMG]
    -Junkjmanme- [​IMG]
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  7. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Quote:They probably won't tell you cuz they don't know. You could check the county or town web page if they have one. Somewhere you should be able to find a zoning map. For instance, I'm zoned Agricultural Restricted. Which means I can only sell what I grow. A zoning map may be on their web site or posted in the town hall and you can look at that for free. Not all areas of the county will be zoned the same thing.

    If you purchased your house check your paperwork or tax papers. You might find your zoning there.

    Or you could get a rooster and your sure to find out after awhile.

    Hope you keep your chickens and all goes well.

  8. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    I asked 3 different people who work at City Hall.
    The website for my town doesnt give any info either.
    But I'll keep checking around on the internet and see if I can find anything.

    Thanks for the links.
  9. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    What would I find the laws/ordinces under?
  10. train2110

    train2110 Chirping

    Jul 6, 2010
    eastern New York
    Typically it is listed in the zoning laws. Where I live, the zoning laws are posted online in a PDF format. There is an Agriculture section that lists fowl/livestock laws. Either google "Zoning Laws Your Town" or look up zoning laws on your town's website if they have one.

    Ofcourse with only hens, neighbors mey not notice / care. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2011

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