We live outside Boston and our town is suburban/urban - the commuter rail is at the end of my street. Luckily, our town has an enlightened view on keeping chickens, and I think the bylaw is very well written and easy to understand. It's a good example of how a back yard chicken bylaw can be fairly applied in a developed, non-rural, non-agricultural region. In my town this issue is regulated by the Board of Health. So here is a link to the PDF of the regulation - if youre in a battle to change your local bylaws, you can always adapt this language for your local conditions: Regulations for the Control of Animals in the Town of Westwood Statutes and bylaws are public records and not subject to copyright law, so steal away! When it comes to legal language, its much easier to adapt from an existing source than it is to write legal language from scratch. Im a paralegal and I do this all the time (and so does every attorney Ive ever worked with.) ~Phyllis P.S. The regulations in the PDF also address (and allow) other types of animals: horses, pigs, goats and game fowl.