Lot line restrictions? Coop restrictions? ... Washington, IL

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by openheartnurse, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. openheartnurse

    openheartnurse Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2012
    So I recently was able to talk the Planning Commission for the City to accept the idea of allowing chickens in city limits. There is however significant concern with how close the to lot lines to permit a chicken coop to be and how close to a neighboring dwelling to permit a chicken coop. The other concern was what kind of a coop to allow ... they are hesistant because they think that people are going to erect coops that look like eye sores or are "trashy" looking. Any ideas or helpful advice? How does your town address these issues? Curious also how many complaints towns that are all ready allowing chickens in city limits really have issues with noise, smell, or other complaints in general? Thanks again! -- Will
  2. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    That is a tough question. There is no right answer for all occasion. My town has 10' off-set for any structure (except fence). Some towns have defined the size of structure or flock depending the neighborhood. But how do you define the level of aesthetic? It is a matter of personal taste. Same could be said about a dog house.

    The lots in my town vary from 50x100 to acres. I am on the lucky side. I have read that some urban areas have 4 or 6 birds limit.

    Given all the rules, if the keeper does not maintain the flock properly, nuisance ordinance can be invoked for noise, smell, and yes, unsightliness.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  3. DLMKA

    DLMKA Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2010
    I'm not sure exactly how the older part of Washington is laid out. Many lots around here are 45' wide so a 20' setback eliminates a lot of people. I think the way the ordinance proposal has been written we just have a 25' setback from a neighboring residential structure. With our deep but narrow lots many people can work with this.

    I don't think there is a way to legally define "unsightly". Put Jon to task and ask him how they regulate the construction of dog houses. I have a neighbor that built their "dog house" out of used pallets with a sheet of OSB over the top. Even I'd consider that unsightly.
  4. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    My area has 10 ft. setbacks, and anything over 120 sq. ft requires a permit. There are no restrictions on appearance, and it would be very hard to define appearance without specifying a particular design. You might want to consider looking at any language that exists for describing sheds or other outbuildings for inspiration.

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