Revised Animal Ordinance Allows Chickens Within City Limits

Update: To find your Premises Identification Number, visit: in.gov/boah/2642.htm

Section 6.08.045 of the City of Columbus Animal Ordinance has recently been amended and approved by City Council.  This amendment will allow citizens living within City limits to house chickens on their property.  These changes will take effect as of December 4, 2016.

Highlights of the changes include the following:

Harboring a chicken flock shall be prohibited within the city limits unless the chicken flock is in the possession of a keeper as defined by 6.04.010 or the confinement of the chicken flock, not to exceed four (4) hens, complies with the following criteria:

  • The chicken flock shall be housed in a chicken coop that provides each individual chicken with no less than four (4) square feet of living space;
  • The chicken coop shall have a chicken run attached to the coop that provides each individual chicken with no less than four (4) square feet of living space;
  • The chicken coop and attached chicken run shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet;
  • The chicken coop and attached chicken run shall contain ground cover that separates the chicken flock from the underlying soil;
  • The chicken coop and attached chicken run shall be located no less than twenty (20) feet from any adjacent property line measured as the shortest distance from the exterior wall of the enclosure to the adjacent property line;
  • The chicken coop and attached chicken run shall not be located in the front yard or side-yards of a property;
  • The confinement permitted under this section shall be limited to owner-occupied real property;
  • The confinement permitted under this section shall be limited to properties in which the owner of the property has a premises identification number from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
  • The real property owner must produce the premises identification number upon request;
  • Roosters shall be prohibited within the city limits unless the rooster is in the possession of a keeper as defined by 6.04.010.
  • The sale of chickens shall be prohibited within the city limits unless the chicken is sold by a pet shop as that term is defined by 6.04.010.

 

Penalty Section:

For any violation of Section 6.08.045 a fine of one hundred dollars for the first offense, with the fines increasing in increments of one hundred dollars for each subsequent offense within one year of the first offense, but not more than one thousand dollars.

 

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