I spoke with our health dept before beginning construction on our coop/run. They asked how far the nearest dwellings are. Our coop is between two garages so there is one dwelling to the back and another diagonally to the front and they are about 75 ft. away. I explained that to them, showed them my drawings and they said it was fine. Next week they come out for an inspection, to be sure everything is as I said, I pay $25 and get my permit. The only real restriction is 'no roosters'. I can deal with that because I didn't plan to have any. I did speak with the neighbors who will be able to see the coop which the health dept. was glad I did. They were both excited and were not opposed to the coop in the least. I sweetened the deal by promising them some eggs. I think part of the reason we are so blessed is because the ordinance we do have is from 1957 and is so vague as to be useless so as long as things are 'reasonable' by the health department standards they have no complaints. The only thing she was stern about was keeping it from smelling. i told her the poop will go into my composter and she said that was fine and if they got a complaint they would as that I put the poop out for pick-up with the trash. I read the nightmare scenarios some have dealt with and I can't believe how blessed we are! My city has been so easy to deal with. Thank the Lord!