I don't have chickens yet, but I have read the code for my city before and for some reason I had the impression the coop had to be 30' from any dwelling, but tonight I looked again and it says from property line. There is not a limit on number of hens, and I can't even find a rooster restriction, although I would not keep one because we are in a neighborhood. My yard is a very weird shape, but is very big. It will make placement a little tricky because my yard is angled and very long but longer then wide. However, it would work out well for me if I was able to put a coop close to MY house but 30' from the property lines. My backyard is shaped like a boomerang almost... Hard to explain.