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An ordinance is effective 10 days after adoption, so applications will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 14. The City Commission approved the ordinance at the May 1, 2018 regular meeting.
City Hall Room 117, 10 N. Division St. On the first floor, it's the last door on the left. You also can call Planning staff with questions, at 269-966-3320.
A property owner or tenant (with written permission from the property owner) of single-family homes or duplexes.
1. Submit a hen license application, with the $20 fee, and submit a shed/fence application, with the $80 fee.
2. Once the applications are approved, you will have 30 days to complete the construction of the shed/fence, and request final inspection. If you do not complete this step in the allotted 30 days, you will lose your place in line for a permit.
3. If the shed/fence are approved, you will be issued your hen license.
4. Hens now are allowed on your property.
The number of hens allowed is based on the overall property size. Applicants must meet setbacks for the coop and enclosure.
Review the ordinance online here: ADOPTED urban livestock ordinance
View your property on the city's GIS mapping app here: BC map
Planning and Zoning staff can assist with additional questions at 269-966-3320.
No, you may not build/install the fence/shed prior to obtaining the permit, or you will be fined $150 for doing work prior to receiving a permit.
Yes -- the hen permit is good for three years. You must apply for a renewal license, for the fee of $20.