After contacting our city hall and dept of health to determine the laws regarding keeping backyard chickens in our city, we were told to that their policy was to have anyone who wishes to have chickens is required to get their neighbors to approve by signing a simple letter of intent. That there are nuisance laws that allow actions to be taken before a nuisance exists, the main complaints they get is about loose chickens and odors. As long as there is enough room to put up a coop and not anger the neighbors it would be allowed, Our chickens would be contained in their coop and run, which would be located in a fenced in yard (6ft stockade like fence). I'm just nervous because another neighbor had a really difficult time with a couple of neighbors when he was building a garage in his backyard last year. Did anyone else have to ask "permission" from their neighbors?? (this really pisses me off). Does anyone have a sample letter of intent they would be willing to share? I'm not very eloquent with my words so any help would be appreciated,.