Okay, so my town has some stupid rules about how far away a coop should be from any house and how far it has to be from property lines. Thing is, my town isn't that big, which means that most of the properties aren't big enough for the coop to be 75 ft away from all houses and still 10 ft within property lines. However, my property is pretty big, and I measured my backyard and there is one place where i could put a small 3'x6' coop for three chickens. When I handed in a survey of my property to get it approved by the zoning department, they said our backyard wasn't big enough, so I'm going back to town hall to try and convince them to allow me to own chickens. I was hoping that I could get some helpful advice on how to persuade them to allow me having chickens (benefits to owning chickens and reasons why they don't have to be so far from the house would be nice, please and thank you ). There would only be 3 hens (roosters are illegal) and I would keep the coop very sanitary. In addition to this, the coop would be as far away as possible from my neighbors to the left (they're really nosy and picky and would definitely complain, even though the hens wouldn't bother them) and my other neighbors don't mind. Thank you so much! If I can get my hens, I will be sooo happy! I've wanted chickens for several years now, but I've just gotten around to it and I was so excited and I did so much research for a whole month while my survey was getting processed.