After much debate and working through several proposals, the Lead City Commission approved an ordinance that will allow residents to keep chickens within city limits. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that chickens will only be allowed in backyards and must be located at least fifty feet away from churches, schools, stores, public buildings, and private residences other than the property dweller’s.
The ordinance also lists requirements for the chicken coops, including maintenance and cleanliness of the dwellings. Those interested in owning chickens must apply for a license for $100 and would only be allowed to host a maximum of six hens. Roosters are banned under the ordinance.
While one version of the ordinance would have allowed for ownership of rabbits within city limits, the language was not included in a revised version.