The first reading of a new ordinance which would allow households to keep six chickens 50 feet away from occupied buildings, other than the owner’s residence, was recently approved by the Lead City Commission. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the new ordinance would significantly change the city’s current regulations on chicken ownership, which currently prohibits keeping chickens within 100 feet of nearby dwellings.
The new ordinance, proposed by a group of residents advocating for backyard chicken ownership, disallows roosters. Owners would also be required to apply for a license from the city to hold chickens. If an applicant has two or more nuisance violations within the past year, the license would be denied. Chickens must also be secured in sturdy, fully enclosed coops.
Several modifications will be suggested at the second reading of the ordinance, including the allowance of rabbits under similar conditions.