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Chickens approved

Post Date:04/21/2017 10:12 AM

After months of debate, raising chickens in Appleton is now allowed following approval by the Common Council Wednesday night. Chickens in coop

Six months after a resolution was introduced by alderperson Vered Meltzer and after two hours of debate on the rules Wednesday night, the council adopted a set of rules and passed the ordinance by an 8-6 vote. 

Calls for permits and information on permits started coming into City Hall Thursday morning.

Residents may keep up to four hens. A plan showing the size and location of the chicken coop and chicken run must be submitted to the Health Department along with a $145 pre-inspection fee. Each year the permit needs to be renewed at a cost of $24. Three square feet of space is required for each chicken. The chicken run can be no greater than 24 square feet. 

Coop and chicken run placement shall be at a minimum of, but not limited to, a three (3) foot setback from side and rear yard lot lines. If not attached to accessory structure such as detached garage or shed, coop placement must be a minimum of 10 feet from any structure on the parcel. In addition, coops shall not be closer than twenty-five feet to a residential dwelling, church, school or business on an abutting lot.

Once an application is received by the Health Department, residents living adjacent to the applicant will be notified and can object within 14 business days. If any neighbor objects to the application, the application is automatically denied. Though the applicant can appeal the decision to the Safety & Licensing Committee. 

Anyone with questions about the process or to obtain a permit can call the Health Department at 832-6429.

Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 or

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