Am I allowed to keep chickens?

In July 2021, Town Council passed a series of ordinance amendments to permit responsible ownership of backyard chickens on single-family properties.

The keeping of chickens is permitted as an Accessory Use by Permit in the R-VL and R-L Zoning Districts. Participants in the backyard chicken program must obtain a building/zoning permit from the Town and display a Town-issued Certificate of Approval directly on the coop.

Guidelines and requirements for keeping chickens on properties are available in our Backyard Chicken Permit Guidelines (PDF) document.

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