Need some help with wording

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by jgarreth, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. jgarreth

    jgarreth In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2013
    So we are having some fantastic success getting our town ordinance changed and are actually working together. Here is a sticking point....We need some wording help. We want to somehow word the ordinance to say that if you do not have a privacy fence that you have to keep your chickens a certain distance from your neighbor's property. They don't want anyone to be required to have a privacy fence and if you have one you can let your birds range in your yard but they want to make sure that your neighbor is not bothered by chickens poking through a fence or sitting right on your property line. Any suggestions??

    Thanks in advance.
  2. WeenLover

    WeenLover Hatching

    Aug 13, 2014
  3. dretd

    dretd Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    Ft Collins, CO
    hi jgarreth! I wish you great luck in getting a new ordinance passed.

    I have found that many municipalities like to look at what other municipalities have done and whether it worked for them. I would recommend that you look at other places that have 'been there and done that' and look at the codes they have on the books that allow chickens.

    For instance, to find fencing requirements or setbacks, simply google animal enclosure setbacks and pick through to find actual codes that are on someone else's books. Here is one from :

    Sec. 33-145. Animal enclosure setback requirements.
    (a) Animal enclosures shall be set back from property lines as follows:
    (1) Side yard: fifteen (15) feet;
    (2) Rear yard: ten (10) feet.
    (b) Animal enclosures shall be set back from any residence twenty (20) feet.

    So you could modify the wording to say something like:
    (a) With the exception of properties that have a 6 foot privacy fence between the chicken enclosure and the neighboring properties, chicken enclosures shall be set back from property lines as follows:
    (1) side yard: fifteen (15) feet (or whatever you decide)...etc...

    of course you may want to eliminate the word enclosure and say pen, area or some other descriptive word for where the chickens are to be kept.

    If you are really industrious, you could call the municipalities and talk to the folks that administer the codes and see what they say works or doesn't work for them.

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