New Ordinance Allows Residents To Keep Chickens

After studying extensive research by the City’s Environmental Commission, the Golden Valley City Council passed an ordinance June 18 allowing residents to keep chickens within city limits. Residents may apply for licenses starting now.

Residents who choose to keep chickens on their property must follow a number of regulations, primarily relating to measurements and location of the coop within the property. Residents may keep no more than four chickens and must remove the coop from the property when they no longer keep chickens. The butchering of chickens is not allowed on the property.

An initial inspection for the coop is $75, with a $25 annual license fee that expires every April 1. Get more information.

Residents had been expressing interest in keeping chickens for several years, says Eric Seaburg, staff liaison for the chicken study. But the City Council delayed passing an ordinance until it could finish a study on the concerns of legalization.

“Noise was a large concern,” Seaburg says. “But that’s not a problem with hens, and the new ordinance bans roosters.”

Some residents were concerned that chicken coops in the neighborhood would bring down property values, but realtors consulted on the subject said this has not been the case.

Another concern was whether chicken coops will attract more predatory animals to the area, but wildlife experts said it’s unlikely. Chicken coops have also not been shown to spread disease.

A study of nearby cities that allow chickens, such as Minneapolis, found they have seen no significant problems.


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