Hello everyone. This is my first post so please bear with me. I live in Polk City Iowa which is about 15 miles NW of Des Moines. My boys and I are interested in construction a coop and raising a few chickens as pets and for their eggs. I looked up the town ordinance regarding livestock which includes poultry and this is how it reads: 55.05 LIVESTOCK. It is unlawful for a person to keep livestock within the City except by written consent of the Council. I emailed them (city hall) and this is the reply: Hi Jim, Im sorry to say that the City Code does not allow for the raising of livestock, which would include chickens. I only know of one instance when the council approved it and it was for one duck for a 4 H project, and when the project was over they had to get rid of it. Hope this answers your question. Sharon Needless to say I am a bit bummed and a bit angry at the same time. I did not feel I was asking too much and what bothers me most is that I have to ask anyone if I can raise chickens on my own land. The neighborhood I live in was developed in the mid 70s and does not have covenants of that of a newer neighborhood. Heres something else Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa and they allow chickens. Where do I go from here? Is there anything that can be done other than moving out of town? Thanks!