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Ogden OKs ordinance allowing backyard chickens

The City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance allowing backyard chickens in residential neighborhoods. The measure passed on a 4-3 vote.
The City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance allowing backyard chickens in residential neighborhoods. The measure passed on a 4-3 vote.
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OGDEN — The City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance allowing backyard chickens in residential neighborhoods. The measure passed on a 4-3 vote.

“We are grateful for the incredible public involvement in this process,” Chairwoman Marcia White said in a statement. “ We have heard from those on both sides of the issue, had difficult conversations and worked hard to strike a balance that meets the needs of our community.”

The ordinance allows up to six chickens in the backyards of single-family, owner-occupied homes, with a minimum of 2,000 square feet of open area. Chickens must be contained at all times in a fully enclosed coop or chicken run.

The ordinance sets in place an annual licensing fee of $5 per chicken, requires owners to obtain a land use permit to show the location of the coop or run, a map of the backyard and distances to adjacent homes, and an inspection of compliance prior to licensing.

Under the new ordinance, owners are required to clean and maintain coops that are placed at least 25 feet from homes on adjacent property and 5 feet from property lines, the owners’ home and any vegetation except grass. The measure also prohibits the sale of eggs or fertilizer produced by the chickens.