On May 6, 2014, the Village Council approved an ordinance that will allow residents to keep hens in their rear yards, with a permit issued by the Village following proof of consent by neighboring property owners.
Hens are allowed under the following parameters:
- Only hens will be permitted. All other fowl, including roosters, are prohibited.
- No person shall keep more than four hens.
- Properties currently eligible under the 50-foot setback requirements will not be required to obtain a permit, unless seeking to place the structure less than 50 feet from all property lines of an adjacent property.
- Structures housing hens shall be located in the rear yard only.
- Under the neighbor consent model, the setback requirement for a structure housing hens is seven feet from all property lines of an adjacent property. Adjacent is defined as a parcel that comes into contact with the applicant's property at one or more points.
- The permit application shall include a consent form signed by each adjacent property owner and tenant.
- The fee for the permit is $84 as defined in the Village's User-Fee, License and Fine Schedule.
- Permits will be limited to single-family detached residences and will expire five years after the date of issuance.
- All feed shall be kept in rodent-proof containers.
Residents seeking a permit to keep hens must use the consent form on the permit application provided by the Village. Permits will be issued beginning May 19, 2014.