Salem Oregon Laws.

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Zanadi, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Zanadi

    Zanadi Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2008
    Salem Oregon
    Hey all, I'm having a really tough time finding information on backyard hens in Salem Oregon. We have 2 small bantams and are just trying to prepare ourselves 'just in case'. We live in NE Salem so I guess we're technically still in the city limits. I was told in the Oregon introduction thread that someone's friend had their hens evicted because a neighbour complained.

    Anyone have any concrete evidence? Help?

    I'm still poking around for info as well but anything is a great help.
  2. MicMoo

    MicMoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Digging through the Salem Revised Codes, it looks like it will depend on how your property is zoned:

    RA - Residential Agriculture zoning states that the following is allowed:
    145.020(3) Raising of livestock, and other animals and fowl by residents of the premises for their
    own private, noncommercial use on a lot of 10,000 square feet or more;

    RS - Single Family Residential zoning doesn't mention livestock or fowl.

    Here are the only other references I could find that specifically mention animals:

    95.235. Killing or Molesting Ducks Prohibited.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to kill, injure, take, or molest any duck or any
    duck nest in, upon, or adjacent to any waters within the corporate limits of the city, except as
    provided in subsection (b) of this section. This section shall not apply to any person otherwise
    lawfully killing or taking ducks by the ducksÂ’ legal owner, by the lawful agent of the ducksÂ’ legal
    owner, or by a government employee or contractor of the City of Salem engaged in flight safety
    hazard abatement to comply with Chapter 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 139.337 at
    McNary Field.
    (b) Whenever the number or actions of ducks upon any premises, public or private,
    constitute a nuisance in the judgment of the parks director, he shall have the authority to abate
    the nuisance by the removal of any of such ducks as may reasonably appear to be wild or not
    owned by any person. In addition or in lieu thereof, he may, in his discretion authorize any
    person in possession of any premises affected by such nuisance to remove or cause the removal
    of any such ducks. (Ord No. 5365; Ord No. 15-81; Ord No. 96-88; Ord 54-05)

    119.070. KEEPING OF MINIATURE SWINE. Where permitted as a special
    use, not more than one miniature swine of the species Sus scrofa bittatus (commonly known as a
    "potbellied pig") per dwelling unit may be kept provided the following conditions are met and
    (a) The animal is less than 100 pounds in weight;
    (b) The animal is less than 18 inches in height at the shoulder;
    (c) The animal is spayed or neutered as evidenced by a veterinarian's certificate,
    which certificate shall also certify the species of the animal, its age, shoulder height and weight
    when spayed or neutered. (Ord No. 67-93)​
  3. Zanadi

    Zanadi Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2008
    Salem Oregon
    Thanks for your help.

    Looks like we're at the mercy of our neighbors not to rat us out, and luck.

    (heavy sigh)

    If this link works, we found a news story from 2006 regarding people wanting to change the chicken zoning laws in Salem.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2008
  4. SalemUnderground

    SalemUnderground Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2008
    I have researched chicken laws in Salem Oregon and gotten copies of previous council meeting minutes and court rulings on this issue. I fully intend to change the ordinance to allow the keeping of a few backyard hens in the city and have already spoken to my city councilman about it. The way the ordinance is written is ambiguous . . . only listed uses are allowed. Chickens aren't listed but neither are dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. However, it specifically states that pot-bellied pigs are OK in the city! I have drafted a proposed ordinance change for council to consider. I'm looking for others who would support this and be willing to write letters or show up at a city council meeting with me. Our socio-economic times have changed considerably since the last time this issue came up in Salem and I believe we have a strong case. Raising chickens has never been more practical.
  5. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    It's ridiculous that chickens aren't allowed in Salem. We have tons of people down here with backyard chickens, even in my fairly primped historic neighborhood. When I called to check about the ordinances, the woman in city hall told me chickens are a great idea and even offered to send me a copy of the codes to show anyone that questioned the legality. Perhaps you could contact people in Corvallis coding/etc. to vouch for the fact that it hasn't reduced property values or created nuisance complaints? I'm sure Salem laws can be changed.
  6. bock to the future

    bock to the future Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 31, 2008
    I am interested in helping change the chicken law in Salem, Oregon... any new developments?
  7. salemchick

    salemchick New Egg

    Nov 12, 2008
    SalemUnderground, let me know how I can assist in getting the ordinance changed in Salem. I'm new on this forum and have been researching keeping chickens and was very disapointed when I learned that I could not have any. Would really like to help!
  8. ncummins06

    ncummins06 New Egg

    Jul 20, 2008
    Salem, OR
  9. balticbabe

    balticbabe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    King County, WA
    My brother went to the Salem city council meeting last night. They voted not bring the chicken subject to a vote. It was 3 for and 5 against, with one council member absent. The mayor, who was originally for chickens, changed her mind because she'd heard that the flu starts in birds and she couldn't stand to think about all those kids getting getting sick from their chickens!

    Here's the article, posted immediately after the meeting:
  10. SalemUnderground

    SalemUnderground Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2008
    Please tell your brother thank you for coming to the meeting last night. It was a terrible blow, but not a surprise. I am continuing to help people in NC, NJ, KS, MN, and OR with their chicken battles and some have already succeeded. The chicken revolution will continue here in Salem. The election in May will provide new hope as the mayor is stepping down and one of the two candidates, Anna Peterson, supports the chicken ordinance, I am told. Also, four of the councilor seats are up for re-election next year as well and two that oppose chickens (Rogers and Clem) are not running for office again. This leaves room for new bodies in our local government who are hopefully, more intelligent and informed, than the previous fools who have been running the show.

    If you or anyone you know is interested in receiving updates, please contact me at [email protected] and I will add you to my mailing list.

    In the meantime, we are launching a new website that will be called and selling Tshirts, stickers, and our documentary on DVD from that site.

    Thank you!

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