Help with first time permit in Peabody

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by Fuzzymiss9, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Fuzzymiss9

    Fuzzymiss9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, got in touch with Peabody, MA board of health today and received documents about applying for a permit. Has anyone done this before? Can anyone help me, they want scale drawings which sounds a bit beyond me... happy to share a link to a Dropbox folder if there is someone who would be kind enough to help!

    Thanks!
     
  2. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A scale drawing is no problem with a CAD program -- which I have and am more than happy to do a drawing for you.

    I'm unclear what the permit is for. Do you need a permit to build the chicken coop?
     
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  3. Fuzzymiss9

    Fuzzymiss9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I need a permit in my town to keep chickens. There's a whole form where I need to detail the maintenance plan, plans for food storage, waste management etc and detail where in my yard they will go. In addition the city will hold a hearing and notify the neighbours. It's quite a thing and no guarantee either!

    What do you need for CAD drawings? I can sketch my yard and write on some measurements?

    Thanks again!
     
  4. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like quite a process, but folks here are helpful and I'm sure we'll get you through this. I lived in Stoneham before I moved south, so I am familiar with Peabody. (I made the mistake of pronouncing it PEE-bod-ee the first time and was quickly corrected. It's PEE-bah-dee but pronounced fast like its a single syllable.)

    I'm going to send you a PM with my email address. If you email me your house address, I can look on Google Maps and get a satellite image of your property which I can then use to make a scale drawing of your property and how it relates to your neighbors' properties. If Peabody has their zoning maps online, I can also get that information from their website.

    They want to know how you plan to care for the chickens so you'll want to know what kind of bedding will be used in the coop, how and how often you'll be cleaning it, and what you plan to do with the poop and dirty bedding. Will you be composting it or disposing of it in the trash? I think flies and smell is the concern here.

    For food storage, consider metal trash cans. Metal cans are impervious to gnawing rodents. The consideration here is rats.

    For the location in the yard, do you know what the setback requirements are? The consideration here is that you don't put the coop too close to the neighbor's property and too close to their house which would make a nuisance for them.

    They notify the neighbors and give them time to object. Usually it's only abutters that are given the opportunity to object. If you have a good relationship with your abutting neighbors and you can show that you have plans that will eliminate the introduction of flies, smells and rats to your yard and the neighbor's properties, you should be okay.
     
  5. Fuzzymiss9

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    Just to update...successful application! After I had filled out paperwork, the health inspector visited my property. I had a hearing in front of the board of health which lasted about 10 minutes. They asked questions from the form itself, why I wanted to keep chickens etc..felt a bit like a job interview! They approved my application as none of my neighbours showed up to complain. My next step is to notify the health inspector when my coop is built. I was careful and didn't buy anything until I got the ok. My permit will be good from Jan 1st of this year, and is renewed annually.

    Any many thanks to Allyn for helping me with the technical drawing of my backyard [​IMG]
     
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