Information about Fowl (Chickens) and Other Small Non-Domesticated Animals

Please read the full ordinance for details, but the raising of birds, such as chickens, ducks, pheasants, quail, pigeons, and geese or any similar fowl within the municipality may be permitted, subject to compliance with the following conditions: 

  • Obtain a permit

  • Permits are $25 annually and the application is submitted to the village board.

  • The application must include the location of the housing for the animals and how waste material will be exposed.

  • Prior to the issuance of any permit for the keeping fowl the Village clerk shall have a proper investigation completed by the Village personnel of the facts set forth in the application for the permit and determine whether said promises conform to the requirements of this chapter and other ordinances of the village with respect to zoning and building regulations, sanitation, and location of enclosures and shelters.

  • No more than 6 each of the following: Chickens, ducks, pheasants, quail, pigeons; And no more than 4 each of geese may be kept on any one zoning lot.

  • The fowl is not allowed to roam off the permitted tract of land. No dog or cat or other domesticated animals which kills or attacks any fowl off the permitted tract of land will, for that reason alone, be considered a dangerous or aggressive animal or the city’s responsibility to enforce its animal control provisions.

Please read the full ordinance for more details.

READ FULL ORDINANCE
CHICKEN & FOWL PERMIT APPLICATION
SAMPLE SITE DIAGRAM
chicken in backyard