Woo Hoo! Backyard Chicken Ordinance passed in Auburn, AL tonight!

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Auburnchick, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Auburnchick

    Auburnchick In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    I just got home from the city council meeting. They voted on the zoning amendment that would allow Auburn residents to have a small flock of laying hens, and it passed unanimously! The law is not perfect...it leaves out residents on the smallest lots, for one thing. But the zoning commission has said that they will let the law as it is now written be a test, and they will revisit the issue in a few months to see if changes are appropriate. I am so excited!

    Here's the new law, as summarized by my councilwoman:

    • Minimum property size of 10,000 square feet
    • Principal use of the property is a single family dwelling
    • The number of chickens does not exceed:
    o 4 chickens, for lots of 10,000 square feet to 19,999 square feet
    o 6 chickens, for lots of 20,000 square feet or greater
    • The chickens are kept in an enclosure or fenced area such as a henhouse, chicken coop, chicken tractor, etc. at all times
    • The chicken enclosure or fenced area is a minimum of six (6) square feet per chicken
    • The chickens are not kept in any location of the property other than in the back yard [the rear of the principal structure]
    • The covered enclosure or fenced area is a minimum of 10 feet to any property line of an adjacent property and 30 feet from neighboring dwellings, church, school, or place of business
    • The enclosures are kept in a clean, dry, odor-free, neat and sanitary condition at all times
    • The chicken owner takes necessary action to reduce the attraction of predators and rodents and the potential infestation of insects and parasites
    • No roosters
    • No slaughtering of chickens.
    • No breeding or production of fertilizer for commercial purposes.
    • Unlawful to allow the chickens to be a nuisance to neighbors, including odor or loud and persistent noise.

    Does anyone know how to submit a change to BYC's listing of local ordinances? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011

  2. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
  3. dstoeck

    dstoeck In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2009
    yup! we were the first Auburnite to get a permit! Now to find hens. Anyone know where I can get some? I've called Heritage Way Farms in Wetumpka...they have some hens about 10 weeks old. anyone know of hens for sale a little closer to Auburn?
  4. mrsbos

    mrsbos Chirping

    Aug 11, 2010
    Greenacres, WA

    That's great! Sounds like a very reasonable ordinance (at least as a starting point). Every city that goes pro-chicken, just gives us more leverage when we approach our cities/counties!
  5. gaillardia

    gaillardia Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    Larkspur, CO
  6. HenPenny

    HenPenny Chirping

    Mar 31, 2011
    Lewisville tx
    wonderful news!
  7. dan2

    dan2 Chirping

    Feb 2, 2013
    Congrats Auburn peeps.
    From a chicken farmer in North East Alabama.

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