St. Louis City and County Chicken Ordinances

St. Louis City and County Ordinances

Chick season is quickly approaching! We have seen a large number of people looking for information on St. Louis City and County Chicken Ordinances.  After being frustrated ourselves in finding information, we decided to put together this list of ordinances in the area.  I will update it as I find more information.  Everything is current as of December 2013.  If there are any corrections or changes, please let us know in the comment section and I will update the list. Make sure before getting chicks to check municipal and subdivision regulations.

A note: St. Louis County Ordinances are in effect for unincorporated areas of St. Louis County.  If Subdivision Indentures are more restrictive, then the Indenture will supersede County Ordinance.  The Indentures, as they are written and on record with the County Recorder of Deeds, will stand in court, irregardless of any other permissions or variances given.

This list is not meant to be substituted for double checking with local municipalities, nor should it be taken as legal advice.

St. Louis City Website

4 chickens allowed without a permit.  Kennel permit needed for more than 4 chickens.

10.20.011 Prohibition against keeping more than four animals in a residential zone.

A. No person shall keep more than four domestic animals on any parcel of property located within a residentially zoned district, nor shall any person permit or allow more than four domestic animals to be kept or domiciled on any such parcel of property; except that any person may keep more than four domestic animals but no more than eight domestic animals on any parcel of property by obtaining a noncommercial kennel permit from the Health Commissioner.B. Any person that obtains a noncommercial kennel permit must contain the animals within the confines of the dwelling unit, or if said animals are taken outside or permitted outside, the animals must be kept in a fenced yard or leashed so as to prevent running at large. It shall not be a violation for more than four domestic animals to be domiciled or kept in a multifamily dwelling with more than four dwelling units if the total number of domestic animals in all units is not greater than the total number of units. It shall be the duty of the owner of a multifamily dwelling located within a residentially zoned district to ensure that said dwelling complies with the provisions of this part. Nothing herein shall be construed to repeal the provision of the City’s Exotic Animal Ordinance.
(Ord. 62941 § 3, 1993: prior: Ord. 62853 § 3, 1993.)

10.20.012 Prohibition against keeping more than four animals in a nonresidential zone unless a kennel permit has first been obtained.

No person shall keep more than four domestic animals on any parcel of property located within a nonresidentially zoned district, nor permit or allow more than four domestic animals to be kept on such parcel of property, without first obtaining a kennel permit from the Health Commissioner as provided for in this section of this part; except that it shall not be a violation for more than four animals to be domiciled or kept in a multifamily dwelling with more than four dwelling units located in a nonresidentially zoned district, although no kennel license has been obtained for the premises, if no more than one animal is domiciled or kept in each dwelling unit; and, provided, further, that this requirement shall not apply to the St. Louis Zoological Park, research facilities, veterinarian’s offices, veterinary hospitals, and itinerant or temporary shows in which animals are used or displayed. For purposes of this part, a show shall not be considered to be itinerant or temporary if it operates the same location for more than 10 days.
(Ord. 62853 § 4, 1993.)

St. Louis County Unincorporated  Website

Chickens allowed – no limit.  Must not create a nuisance.

611.210 – Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens and Other Animals Creating a Nuisance—Prohibited.

1. Every person responsible for a dog, cat, puppy, kitten or other animal shall keep it from creating a nuisance.

2. A dog, cat, puppy, or kitten or any other animal creates a nuisance if it:

a. Soils, defiles or defecates on property other than property of a person responsible for the animal unless such waste is immediately removed and deposited in a waste container or buried on property where the person responsible for the animal has permission or the right to bury it.

b. Damages public property or property belonging to a person other than a person responsible for the animal.

c. Causes unsanitary or dangerous conditions.

d. Causes a disturbance by excessive barking, howling, meowing or other noise making.

e. Chases vehicles, including bicycles.

f. Molests, attacks, bites, or interferes with persons or other animals on public property or property not belonging to a person responsible for the animal.

g. Impedes refuse collection, mail delivery, meter reading or other public service activities by annoying persons responsible for such activities.

h. Tips, rummages through, or damages a refuse container.

(O. No. 22315, 5-17-05)

Chickens (Unincorporated)

In unincorporated St. Louis County, residents are allowed to keep chickens on their property as pets, but may not breed them for sale or sell any of their bi-products (i.e. eggs). Residents who elect to keep chickens on their property must abide by SLCRO 611.210 and not allow the animals to become a public nuisance.

Odor/Air (Countywide)

It is unlawful to discharge dense smoke, harmful fumes, gas, vapors, or any other toxic substances from any site in amounts significant enough to be dangerous to people’s health. In addition, it is against the law to discharge objectionable odor beyond the property boundary of origin.

SLCRO 602.050 Declaration of Nuisances

SLCRO 612.340 Air Pollution Nuisances Prohibited

St. Louis County List of Municipality Ordinances

Municipalities in green: chickens allowed; red: chickens prohibited; others: ordinances not listed online.

Ballwin
Bayless
Bel-Nor
Bel-Ridge
BellaVilla
Bellefontaine Neighbors
Bellerive
Berkeley
Black Jack
Breckenridge Hills
Brentwood
Bridgeton
Calverton Park
Champ
Charlack
Chesterfield
Clarkson Valley
Clayton
Cool Valley
Country Club Hills
Country Life Acres
Crestwood
Creve Coeur
Crystal Lake Park
Dellwood
Des Peres
Edmundson
Ellisville
Eureka
Fenton
Ferguson
Flordell Hills
Florissant
Frontenac
Glen Echo Park
Glendale
Grantwood Village
Green Park
Greendale
Hanley Hills
Hazelwood
Hillsdale
Huntleigh
Jennings
Kinloch
Kirkwood
Ladue
Lakeshire
Mackenzie
Manchester
Maplewood
Marlborough
Maryland Heights
Mehlville
Moline Acres
Normandy
Northwoods
Norwood Court
Oakland
Oakville
Olivette
Overland
Pacific
Pagedale
Pasadena Hills
Pasadena Park
Pine Lawn
Richmond Heights
Riverview
Rock Hill
Saint Ann
Saint John
Shrewsbury
Sunset Hills
Sycamore Hills
Town & Country
Twin Oaks
Unincorporated
University City
Uplands Park
Valley Park
Velda City
Velda Village Hills
Vinita Park
Vinita Terrace
Warson Woods
Webster Groves
Wellston
Westwood
Wilbur Park
Wildwood
Winchester
Woodson Terrace

Ballwin Website

Allowed on 2 or more acres.

Ballwin Board Squashes Urban Chickens. April 24, 2012. Ballwin-Ellisville Patch Article

Sec. 5-1. Keeping animals within city restricted.

(a) Except for dogs, cats and non-domestic animals which are otherwise provided for in this Code, and traditional household pets such as caged birds, similar caged animals and aquarium animals, no person shall keep, raise, harbor, water or offer for sale any cattle, cow, bull, hog, horse, mule, jennet pony, donkey, sheep, pig, goat, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, rabbit, skunk, raccoon or any other domestic or wild animal or fowl within the city, unless such animal or fowl are kept in an enclosed area on a tract of land of two or more acres in size.

(b) Large animals (over 50 pounds) shall be limited to two per acre over a total of two acres as required in subsection (a).

(Code 1973, § 5-2; Ord. No. 2258, § I, 7-27-92)

Sec. 5-2. Animals and fowl running at large prohibited.

No person owning, keeping or having charge of or harboring any cattle, cow, bull, hog, horse, mule, jennet, pony, donkey, sheep, pig, goat, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, rabbit, skunk, raccoon or any other domestic or wild animal or fowl within the city shall allow such animal or fowl to run at large within the city; and each day any animal, beast, or fowl is permitted to run at large shall constitute a separate offense.

(Code 1973, § 5-3)

State law reference— Authority of city to prohibit animals and fowl running at large, RSMo 79.400(2).

Sec. 5-3. Animal feces removed by owner—Possession of removal equipment.

(a) It is unlawful for any person owning or in control of any animal to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any public property, street right-of-way, alley, sidewalk, condominium or subdivision common area or private property of another, unless the person owning or in control of the animal immediately removes and properly disposes of all feces deposited by the animal.

(b) It is unlawful for a property owner to allow the accumulation of animal feces on their property, and removal and disposal of same should be done at least once every 48 hours.

(c) It is unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to have in their possession the equipment necessary to remove their animal’s fecal matter when accompanied by said animal on public property, public easement or private property of another.

(Code 1973, § 5-3.5; Ord. No. 2095, § 1, 6-25-90; Ord. No. 05-05, § 1, 1-10-05)

Sec. 5-4. Impoundment of animals violating chapter.

Any animal found running at large or in violation of any requirement of this chapter shall be impounded as provided in section 5-81 et seq.

(Code 1973, § 5-4)

Sec. 5-5. Right of entry for collection of animals.

The health commissioner, or persons designated by him, or the board of aldermen shall have the right of entry onto any unenclosed lot or land for the purpose of collecting any animal whose presence on such lot or land constitutes a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.

(Code 1973, § 5-5)

Sec. 5-6. Nauseous odors emanating from animals or poultry.

No person owning or having charge of any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, sheep, hog, goat, chicken, goose or any domesticated or wild animal or fowl of any kind, even though the same may be kept penned and confined within the city, shall allow or permit the same to give forth or cause any ill-smelling, nauseous or obnoxious odors; provided that if such person owning or having charge of any such beast or fowl, so causing or creating any such odor, shall cure, remedy and entirely alleviate such odor within five days after the service of a notice to do so upon him by any member of the police department of the city, then no punishment shall be assessed or imposed against such person. Each day such odor exists after the expiration of five days from the service of such notice shall constitute a separate offense.

(Code 1973, § 5-6)

Sec. 5-7. Abandonment of animals.

No owner of any animal subject to rabies shall abandon such animal in the city.

(Code 1973, § 5-8)

Sec. 5-8. Disposal of diseased animals.

Any animal which does not exhibit a valid vaccination-registration tag issued by the county or a license tag of the city and which reveals the symptoms of any disease or injury, clearly not those of rabies, as determined by the county health department or by any such person as may be designated by the board of aldermen, may be subjected to disposal as provided in section 5-84 at the earliest possible time.

(Code 1973, § 5-9)

Sec. 5-9. Cruelty to animals.

(a) No person shall willfully and maliciously or cruelly kill, maim, frighten, wound, beat or torture any bird, fowl or dumb animal; nor cause or procure any bird, fowl or dumb animal to be killed, maimed, wounded, beaten or tortured.

(b) No person shall molest or injure the nest eggs or young of any songbird or insectivorous bird, or have in possession the nest eggs, young or body of such bird.

(Code 1973, § 5-10)

State law reference— Animal abuse, RSMo 578.012.

Sec. 5-10. Penalties.

(a) The violation of, failure to comply with, or the committing of any act prohibited in, any provision of this chapter shall constitute an unlawful act and upon the conviction of such unlawful act, unless the penalty has been otherwise specified within this chapter, the person so convicted shall be fined as provided in section 1-6, and each day that such unlawful act is committed or continues to be committed shall constitute a separate offense.

(b) Any person charged with the violation of section 5-7, 5-31, 5-32, 5-33, 5-34, or 5-62 may within five days after receipt of a notice pay a designated fine therefor or may enter a plea of not guilty and stand trial in the municipal court; provided, however, that any person accused of his third or additional violation of any combination of the above-listed sections within one consecutive 60-month period shall be proceeded against in the municipal court and upon conviction shall be fined $100.00.

(c) If paid within five days after receipt of notice, fines shall be as follows:

First
Offense
Second Offense within Twenty-four Months
Dogs $20.00 $50.00
Cats  10.00  25.00

 

Nothing contained herein shall be construed so as to abrogate or to suspend any of the provisions of section 5-84.

(d) If the person charged fails to pay the designated fine or enter a plea of guilty within five days, the court clerk, after a complaint has been filed, shall send such person a letter directing him to appear in the municipal court, notifying him of the time and date the appearance is to be made as well as the address of the court, and advising that a warrant for the arrest of such person may be issued if he should fail to appear in court upon the date and time specified.

(Code 1973, § 5-11)

Bayless (unincorporated)

See Unincorporated St. Louis County regulations.

Bel-Nor  Website

No Ordinances found.

Bel-Ridge  Website

No Ordinances found.

BellaVilla  Website

No ordinances found

Bellefontaine Neighbors  Website

No prohibitions.  Cannot be a nuisance.

Sec. 4-1. Livestock running at large.

It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having charge of any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, sheep, hog, goat, chicken, duck, goose or any domesticated or wild fowl of any kind to allow the same to run at large within the city. The doing of any such act shall be deemed a nuisance.
(Code 1964, § 18-19)

Sec. 4-2. Keeping livestock in buildings used for human habitation.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, calf, sheep, hog, goat or domesticated or wild fowl within or under any building used for human habitation within the city. The doing of any such act shall be deemed a nuisance.
(Code 1964, § 18-20)

Sec. 4-3. Animal defecation on public property and private property prohibited.

(a) It is unlawful for any person owning or in control of any animal to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any public property or private property, unless the person owning or in control of the animal immediately removes and properly disposes of
all feces deposited by the animal.
(b) This Section shall not apply to any guide or support dog accompanying any blind or disabled person.
(c) It shall be unlawful for an owner to allow the accumulation of animal feces or manure in any open area, run, cage or yard wherein animals are kept and to fail to remove or dispose of feces or manure on a regular basis to avoid offensive odors or unsanitary conditions creating a nuisance as determined by City staff. It is unlawful for an owner to allow pet waste to be deposited, or cause unsanitary conditions resulting from pet waste, on an adjacent property through stormwater runoff or washing off areas where animals are kept.
(d) It shall be unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to have in their possession the equipment necessary to remove their animal’s fecal matter when accompanied by said animal on public property or public easement or private property of another.
(Ord. No. 2129 §1, 3-18-10)

Sec. 19-91. Generally.

The creation of any unreasonably loud, disturbing or unnecessary noise in the city is prohibited. The following acts are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but such enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
(3) Animals and fowl. Any animal, bird or fowl which by causing frequent or long continued noise shall tend to disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity; provided that any such noise that can be distinctly heard at a distance of more than one hundred (100) feet from its source shall be deemed excessive.

Bellerive  Website

No ordinances found.

Berkeley     Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.010:     KEEPING ANIMALS OR FOWL UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS UNLAWFUL

It shall be unlawful to keep, maintain or allow to remain upon any one (1) lot, tract or piece of ground within the City, any sheep, goats, hogs, cows, horses or fowl, or any animal in the equine or bovine family excluding parrots, parakeets, canaries or any similar small bird kept as a pet and capable of being domestically caged, except where such animals are kept in the conduct of a commercial enterprise or business at locations where such a business is permitted.  (CC 1961 §12.01; Ord. No. 2176 §1, 12-20-76)
Beverly Hills

Black Jack    Website

Permit Needed, $50 application fee, Limit 6 unless grandfathered, 1 rooster allowed unless grandfathered

5-1. Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Animal shall mean any and all types of animals, both domesticated and wild.

At large shall mean off the premises of the owner or custodian of the animal or fowl, and not under the immediate control of the owner or custodian.

Chicken shall mean domestic members of the genus Gallus gallus, whether male or female, which are maintained for private and non-breeding use.

Fowl shall mean any and all fowl, domesticated and wild.

Rooster shall mean male domestic members of the genus Gallus gallus, which are maintained for private, non-commercial and non-breeding use.

(Ord. No. 165, § 1, 3-15-77; Ord. No. 1045, § 1, 11-20-12 )

Sec. 5-2. Running at large.

(a) No person owning or having in his custody any animals or fowl shall permit same to go at large to the injury or annoyance of others, nor shall such animals or fowl be permitted at large upon the streets or other public ways of the city nor upon private property without the consent of the owner. Such action is declared to be a nuisance and dangerous to the public health and safety.

(b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to dogs or cats.

(Ord. No. 165, § 2, 3-15-77)

Sec. 5-3. Raising and keeping of animals as pets.

(a) No person shall raise or keep animals other than such pets kept on the premises and horses or ponies; provided however, that all such animals are kept under sanitary conditions and provided that unattended horses and ponies are at all times kept within a fence which shall not be permitted closer than five (5) feet to any property line; or a structure which shall not be permitted closer than one hundred (100) feet to any property line. No horse or pony may be kept on a lot less than forty-five thousand (45,000) square feet in area. A lot on which two (2) horses or ponies are kept shall contain a minimum of sixty thousand (60,000) square feet in area. A lot on which three (3) horses or ponies are kept shall contain a minimum of eighty thousand (80,000) square feet in area. If more than three (3) horses or ponies are kept a minimum of eighty thousand (80,000) square feet of a lot area shall be provided for the first three (3) animals and an additional fifteen thousand (15,000) square feet shall be provided for each additional horse or pony. This shall not be construed to permit any other farm animals, piggeries, mink or fox farms, dog kennels, poultry farms or any other similar activity involving the breeding, boarding, care and/or sale of any animals other than those specifically permitted in this section.

(b) It shall be unlawful for the owner of any premises, or the owner or keeper of any animal, to cause, suffer or permit a violation of subsection (a).

(Ord. No. 165, § 2A, 3-15-77; Ord. No. 228, § 1, 2-19-80; Ord. No. 339, § 1, 5-3-88)

Sec. 5-4. Impoundment of animals or fowl at large.

(a) Any person finding any animal or fowl running at large upon his premises may take up same and remove it to the county rabies control office presently located at 4100 Seven Hills Drive, or call the county rabies control or the city marshal, who may, if reasonably possible, take possession of same and take to 4100 Seven Hills Drive or other place specifically designated for impoundment purposes where said animal may be reclaimed by its owner. If the county rabies control officer or the city marshal has, or with reasonable dispatch can obtain, the name of the owner or custodian of the animal or fowl, the owner shall be notified of impoundment and may reclaim the animal or fowl for costs of impoundment as hereinafter specified. Any person taking up any animal as herein provided shall, as soon as reasonably possible, report same to the city marshal, giving the owner’s name, if known, and a complete description of the animal or fowl.

(b) Any police officer, the city marshal or the county rabies control officer, or other person designated by the city for such purpose is authorized to capture and impound any animal or fowl found at large, impounding to be in accordance with the procedure authorized by this section. In the event capture cannot be effected promptly, the officer, marshal or rabies control officer is authorized to destroy the animal or fowl.

(c) When any animal shall be impounded as herein provided, it shall be the duty of the rabies control officer, the city marshal, or other person in charge of such animal or fowl, to release the same to the owner thereof upon payment to the county rabies control or the city, depending on which impounded said animal or fowl, the sum of seven dollars ($7.00) for each animal or fowl for the first day of impoundment plus one dollar ($1.00) for each succeeding day any such animal or fowl shall have been retained in the impounding facilities. An administrative fee of five dollars ($5.00) shall be collected by the city clerk at the time of issuing the release from the city. The party claiming any such animal or fowl shall make satisfactory proof that he is entitled to the possession of same. If any such animal or fowl shall remain in the impounding facilities for five (5) days without having been claimed, the rabies control officer, the city marshal, or other person in charge of such animal or fowl, may cause the sale of the same to the person making the best offer therefor after ample opportunity for bidding shall have been given. The rabies control officer, the city marshal, or other person in charge of such animal or fowl, shall keep a record of all bids received for all animals or fowl, showing the date of the sale thereof and the name of the person purchasing such animal. If the animal or fowl is not claimed or purchased within five (5) days from the date of capture, then it may be humanely destroyed. Animals which have bitten people shall be impounded for a minimum of ten (10) days or so long as the county health department directs.

(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to turn or cause to be turned loose any animal or fowl for the purpose of causing the same to be impounded.

(e) This section does not apply to dogs or cats.

(Ord. No. 165, §§ 3—6, 3-15-77; Ord. No. 173, 8-2-77)

Sec. 5-5. Sale of rabbits or fowl.

It shall be unlawful and an offense for any person to sell, offer for sale, barter, or give away baby chickens, ducklings, or other fowl, under three (3) weeks of age, or rabbits under two (2) months of age, as pets, toys, premiums or novelties or to color, dye, stain or otherwise change the natural color of baby chickens, ducklings, or other fowl, or rabbits, or to bring or transport the same into the city; provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to prohibit the sale or display of such baby chickens, ducklings, or other fowl, or such rabbits in proper facilities by breeders or stores engaged in the business of selling for purposes of commercial breeding and raising.

(Ord. No. 165, § 2A, 3-15-77; Ord. No. 211, § 1, 5-15-79)

Sec. 5-6. Animal and fowl care.

The owner or keeper of any animal or fowl shall provide said animal or fowl with adequate housing, food, water and veterinary care, and keep said animal or fowl in a condition of good health and reasonable comfort. Premises where animals or fowl are kept shall be kept clean and free of odor.

(Ord. No. 165, § 7, 3-15-77)

Sec. 5-7. Unnecessary noises.

No person shall keep any animal or fowl which disturbs the comfort or repose of any person by making frequent or continued noise.

(Ord. No. 165, § 8, 3-15-77)

Sec. 5-8. Cruelty.

No person shall inhumanely or cruelly injure or otherwise abuse any animal or fowl.

(Ord. No. 165, § 9, 3-15-77)

Sec. 5-9. Removal of feces.

No person responsible for any animal shall allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any sidewalk, gutter, street, park or other public area, any subdivision or condominium common ground or private property of another unless such feces is immediately removed by the person responsible for the animal and deposited in a waste container or buried on ground where the person responsible for the animal has permission or the right to bury it.

(Ord. No. 789, § 1, 4-15-03)

Sec. 5-10. Keeping of fowl.

Except for the keeping of chickens as may be permitted by Section 5-11, no person shall keep, maintain, raise or harbor any fowl upon any lot, tract or parcel of ground within the city.

(Ord. No. 1045, § 2, 11-20-12 )

Sec. 5-11. Chickens.

(a) Permit required.

(1) No person shall keep, maintain or allow to remain upon any lot, tract or parcel of ground within the city a chicken unless such person has a valid permit issued under this section to do so.

(2) The director of public works or his/her designee is authorized to administer chicken permits, and to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to interpret and implement the provisions of this section to secure the intent thereof and to promote the public health, safety and general welfare. An application for a chicken permit shall be submitted to the director of public works or his/her designee by the owner of the property on which such chickens will be kept, accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) payable to the city if the inspection is by the city or the amount charged by St. Louis County for such inspection. No permit shall be issued for more than six (6) chickens on any platted lot or group of contiguous lots, parcels, or tracts of land owned by the applicant containing a detached single family dwelling, but, as may be permitted below, only one (1) such chicken may be a rooster. No permit shall be issued for a rooster without the verified written consent of the owners (and lessees, if applicable) of all residentially-zoned property adjacent to the property on which such rooster will be kept and in no event may more than one (1) rooster be permitted on any platted lot or group of contiguous lots, parcels, or tracts of land owned by the applicant containing a detached single family dwelling. Such written consents must be in the form of a notarized letter and shall be included with any rooster permit application. No permit shall be issued to keep chickens on any platted lot or group of contiguous lots, parcels, or tracts of land owned by the applicant which is less than one (1) acre in size. No more than ten (10) permits shall be in effect in the city at any one time. No new permit shall be issued during the one (1) year period commencing upon the passage of the ordinance from which this section is derived, except to persons who are entitled to permits pursuant to subsection (3) below.

(3) Persons keeping, maintaining and raising chickens on property in the city as of October 1, 2012 shall be permitted to continue keeping, maintaining and raising chickens on such property, provided that each such person pursuant to subsection (ii) above, obtains a permit within sixty (60) days following the effective date of the ordinance from which this section is derived. Each such person shall not be limited as to the number of chickens or roosters that such person may keep on his/her property provided that the total number of chickens does not exceed the number kept by such person as of the effective date of this ordinance by more than ten (10) percent and if such person was breeding chickens as of October 1, 2012, then such person may continue to breed chickens on such property. Any person who qualifies to benefit from the provisions of this subsection (3) who fails to obtain a permit within the time stated shall forfeit their right to benefit from the provisions of this subsection (3).

(b) Confinement. A chicken shall at all times be safely and securely confined in a coop or other enclosure providing at least a minimum square footage of three (3) square feet per chicken. The design and construction of the coop or other enclosure is to be reviewed and approved by department of public works. The coop or other enclosure shall provide sufficient rain shelter and shall be located at least ten (10) feet from the property line. A diagram that indicates the location of the coop or other enclosure, its size and distance from the property lines and other structures on the property shall be included with the chicken permit application. The coop or other enclosure shall be maintained in good repair, free of noxious odors, and in a clean and sanitary condition. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to supersede any applicable zoning ordinance relating to the permissibility, square footage or placement of such a structure. Where the permissibility, square footage or placement requirements of this section are in conflict with applicable zoning regulations, the zoning regulations shall control.

(c) Sale of chickens or eggs. The sale of eggs is allowed with a valid City of Black Jack business license, which is renewed annually. No chicken kept on a premise pursuant to a chicken permit shall be sold or offered for sale, including, but not limited to by barter or exchange.

(d) Inspections. The director of public works or his/her designee may inspect the premises where any chicken is kept, to determine whether there is compliance with this section.

(e) Slaughtering restrictions. Any slaughtering of chickens shall not be visible from outside of the property on which any chickens are lawfully kept.

(f) Responsibility. The owner and occupant of a premises where a chicken is kept, maintained or allowed to remain, and any holder of a permit for the chicken, shall be responsible for any violations of this section.

(g) Penalties and enforcement. Any person found to be in violation of any of the provisions contained in this section may, upon conviction thereof, be fined a sum of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and sentenced to up to thirty (30) days in jail or a combination of both.

(Ord. No. 1045, § 2, 11-20-12 ; Ord. No. 1047, § 1, 12-18-12 )

Breckenridge Hills  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.240:     FARM ANIMALS PROHIBITED

No person shall own, keep, control or harbor within the City any fowl, cattle, horses, swine, sheep or goats as defined in Section 205.005.  (CC 1996 §225.260; Ord. No. 1069 §6, 1-26-04)

Brentwood Website

Permit needed, 6 hens, no roosters, coop restrictions apply

Sec. 5-8.  Chickens.

(a)     The keeping of up to six (6) chickens in total shall be permitted as provided in this section only in single-family residences and only if a permit has been issued by the director of planning and development, or his or her designee.  A permit may be issued if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

(1)     The chickens shall be adequately confined within a coop and pen surrounded by wire netting or other fence to prevent their escape therefrom and kept in good repair and free of peeling paint, untreated or rotted wood and rust.

(2)     The pen shall be maintained in a ventilated, safe and sanitary condition, which has adequate space for humane treatment and free from predators.

(3)     Chicken coops and pens shall only be kept in the rear yard.

(4)     Chicken coops shall be constructed to include four (4) square feet of space inside the coop per chicken, up to a maximum of thirty-two (32) square feet in size.  Chicken pens shall be constructed to include ten (10) square feet of outdoor space per chicken, up to a maximum of eighty (80) square feet in size.  Chicken coops and pens shall maintain the required rear and side yard setbacks for all accessory structures in accordance with section 25-389. Development Standards.

(5)     Any manure or other waste from the chickens shall be collected and properly removed from the premises or tilled into the soil on the premises promptly and regularly to prevent the spreading of offensive smells or diseases.

(6)     No roosters shall be permitted.

(7)     No slaughtering of any chickens shall be permitted.

(8)     No person shall keep chickens in any manner so as to create a nuisance as defined in chapter 16 of the city municipal code.

(9)     Eggs shall not be sold on the premises.

(10)     Fighting or aggressive birds shall not be kept.

(11)     The keeping of chickens pursuant to a permit issued under this section shall comply with all ordinances of the city.

(12)     Nothing in this section shall be deemed to preclude the enforcement of any violation of any city ordinances committed in connection with the keeping of chickens, notwithstanding the issuance of such permit.

(13)     By applying for a permit under this section, the property owner authorizes city officials at all reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to enter upon and inspect the property with respect to which such permit is applied for to determine whether the keeping of chickens violates this section or any other applicable ordinances.

(b)     Revocation of permits to keep chickens.

(1)     The director of planning and development, or his or her designee, shall revoke any permit issued for the keeping of chickens for violation of any of the conditions stated in this section or if any of the following conditions are found to exist:

a.     Excessive noise created by the chickens is audible from adjacent property.

b.     The chickens are not kept in safe and sanitary conditions.

c.     The chickens are not properly confined to prevent their escape onto public ROW and other private property.

d.     The keeping of chickens creates a nuisance.

(2)     Action taken to revoke permit.

a.     If a complaint is filed regarding a violation of any condition stated in this section, or in the absence of a complaint, in the discretion of the planning and development director, or his or her designee, an investigation of any potential violations shall be made by the planning and development director or his or her designee.

b.     If the investigation substantiates the existence of a violation of such conditions, a letter shall be sent by certified mail to the property owner notifying the property owner of such violation and that same shall be corrected within not less than five (5) days and that such property owners shall be responsible for notifying the director of planning and development, or his or her designee, by certified mail that such violations have been corrected and seeking a re-inspection to verify that such violations have been corrected.

c.     In the event the property owner shall fail to notify the director of planning and development, or his or her designee, of such correction within five (5) days, or in the event that a re-inspection does not verify such correction, the permit shall be revoked.

(3)     Permit revocations under this section may be appealed as follows:

a.     Appeals shall be filed within five (5) days after revocation notice is mailed by certified mail.

b.     Appeals shall be determined following a hearing before the city administrator or his or her designee.

c.     At least five (5) days’ notice of the hearing shall be given to the property owner by certified mail.

d.     The property owner and any other interested party may appear at the hearing and testify and present evidence concerning the conditions giving rise to the revocation.

(Ord. No. 4428 §1, 5-6-13)

Bridgeton  Website

Limit of 15, coop restrictions apply

SECTION 210.240:     DOGS, CATS AND OTHER ANIMALS AT LARGE — PROHIBITED — EXCEPTIONS

A.     Every person responsible for a dog, cat or other animal shall keep it from being at large as defined below.

B.     A dog or puppy, cat or kitten is “at large” when it is outside a cage or building from which it cannot escape unless:

1.     It is attached to a leash held by a person that is capable of and is in fact controlling the dog or puppy, cat or kitten in question.

2.     It is within a vehicle from which the animal cannot escape while the vehicle is being driven, parked or stopped.

3.     It is on the real property of a person responsible for it.

C.     A dog or cat is “at large” if it is not kept securely confined while in heat or estrus.  A dog or cat in heat or estrus is confined within the meaning of this paragraph only if:

1.     It is kept in the residence of a person responsible for it and it can neither escape nor be reached by animals outside the residence; or

2.     It is on a leash on the premises of a person responsible for it and is supervised by a person responsible for it, briefly, for toilet purposes only.

3.     Any animal other than a dog or cat is at large if it is not in a cage which restrains it from interfering with any person while it is in a place of public assembly or public commerce.

D.     Above does not apply to animals:

1.     While being used in hunting, field trials and dog shows while on public land set aside for those purposes;

2.     Used for tracking in conjunction with Police activities;

3.     Of the Canine Corps of any Police Force of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, any Federal Law Enforcement Agency, or the Armed Forces of the United States, while being used to conduct official business or being used for official purposes.

E.     Notwithstanding any provision of the above, animals which are trained to assist persons with impaired sight, hearing, or with other disabilities are not at large when accompanying a person they are trained to assist.  (Ord. No. 89-81, §4.225, 9-20-89; Ord. No. 04-65, 12-15-04)

SECTION 210.250:     DOGS, CATS, PUPPIES, KITTENS AND OTHER ANIMALS CREATING A NUISANCE — PROHIBITED

A.     Every person responsible for a dog, cat, puppy, kitten or other animal shall keep it from creating a nuisance.

B.     A dog, cat, puppy, or kitten or any other animal creates a nuisance if it:

1.     Soils, defiles, or defecates on urban property other than property of a person responsible for the animal unless such waste is immediately removed by a person responsible for the animal and deposited in a waste container or buried on ground where the person responsible for the animal has permission or the right to bury it.

2.     Damages public property or property belonging to a person other then a person responsible for the animal.

3.     Causes unsanitary or dangerous conditions.

4.     Causes a disturbance by excessive barking, howling, meowing or other noisemaking.

5.     Chases vehicles, including bicycles.

6.     Molests, attacks, bites, or interferes with persons or other animals on public property not belonging to a person responsible for the animal.

7.     Impedes refuse collection, mail delivery, or meter reading or other public service activities by annoying persons responsible for such activities.

8.     Tips, rummages through, or damages a refuse container.

C.     For the purpose of Subsection (B) above, “urban property” is:

1.     Property in areas developed for industrial uses;

2.     Property in areas developed for commercial uses; or

3.     Property in areas developed for residential uses except those residential neighborhoods developed solely with detached single-family dwellings on lots larger than seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet.

4.     Property in areas with mixed uses shall be treated as urban property.  (Ord. No. 89-81, §4.230, 9-20-89)

SECTION 210.260:     EXCESSIVE ANIMAL NOISE

No person shall own or keep any animal which, by making excessive noise, disturbs a neighborhood.  (Ord. No. 89-81, §4.235, 9-20-89)

SECTION 210.270:     DOG PENS, RUNS, CAGES; ODORS–LOCATION

Every pen, run, cage or other yard establishment wherein any dog is kept shall be maintained so that no offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any neighbor.  Every pen, run, cage or other yard enclosure shall be located at a minimum distance of fifty (50) feet away from the next nearest adjoining residence or dwelling.  (Ord. No. 89-81 §4.240, 9-20-89)

SECTION 210.280:     DISPOSAL OF MANURE

A.     All manure accumulations in any pen, run, cage or yard establishment wherein a dog is kept shall be removed or disposed of in such a manner as to prevent the breeding of flies.

B.     It shall be unlawful for the person in control of a dog or other animal to allow the dog or other animal to deposit manure on public property or on the private property of another person.

C.     The owner or keeper of every animal, when such animal is off the property controlled by the owner or keeper, shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by such animal on public walks, streets, recreation areas or private property; and it shall be a violation of this Chapter for such owner or keeper to fail to remove or provide for the removal of such excreta before taking an animal from the immediate area where such excretion occurred.  (Ord. No. 90-26, §1, 3-7-90)

SECTION 210.330:     SMALL ANIMALS AND FOWL IN PENS

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any chicken coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment for the housing of fowl or small animals, except dogs and cats, closer than seventy-five (75) feet to the nearest portion of any building occupied by or in anyway used by human beings, other than the dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of the animals or fowl, or closer than twenty-five (25) feet to the property line of the lot on which such fowl or animals are kept for sale within a bona fide produce market, commission house or store for purposes of trade and while so kept are confined in small coops, boxes or cages, or where such animals or fowl are kept for purposes of research in a laboratory.  (Ord. No. 89-81 §4.270, 9-20-89)

SECTION 210.340:     CONDITIONS OF ENCLOSURES–NUMBER OF ANIMALS

A.     Odors.  Every coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment shall be kept so that no offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any inhabitants of the neighborhood.

B.     Disposal of Manure.  Every coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment shall be provided with a watertight and flytight receptacle for manure, of such dimension as to contain all accumulations thereof, which receptacle shall be emptied sufficiently often and in such manner as to prevent it from becoming a nuisance.  Such receptacle shall be securely covered at all times, except when open during the deposit or removal of manure or refuse therefrom.  No manure shall be allowed to accumulate except in such receptacle.  All such manure, when removed from the receptacle, shall be buried with covering not less than six (6) inches of earth, or, if used as fertilizer, thoroughly spaded into the ground, or shall be removed from the property.

C.     Fowl–Maintenance of Enclosures.  All earthen yards or runways wherein fowl are kept or permitted to be shall be spaded and then limed once every three (3) months from the month of April through the month of December.  For the purpose of killing flies and other insects, all structures, pens or coops wherein fowl are kept or permitted to be shall be sprayed with such substances as will eliminate such insects.

D.     Condition of Enclosure. Any structure, pen, coop or yard wherein animals or fowl are kept or permitted to be shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, devoid of all rodents and vermin, and free from objectionable odors.  The enclosed area of all such structures shall be constructed in such a way as to be dry at all times on the inside.  The person maintaining any aforementioned structure, pen, coop or yard in the City does, by such act of maintenance, authorize the Director of Health to, at any time, inspect any such structure or premises and issue any such order as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Section.

E.     Number of Animals, Fowl. Except where fowl, rabbits or other small animals are kept for sale within a bona fide produce market, commission house or store for the purpose of trade, and, while so kept, are confined in small coops, boxes or cages, or where such animals or fowl are kept for purposes of research in a laboratory, it shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain, within two hundred (200) feet of the nearest portion of any dwelling or other building occupied by or in any way used by human beings except for a dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of such animals, more than fifteen (15) chickens or other domestic fowl four (4) months or more of age or fifty (50) chicks or other domestic fowl under four (4) months of age, or more than ten (10) rabbits, or other small animals over the age of four (4) months, or more than twenty-five (25) rabbits or other small animals under the age of four (4) months. (Ord. No. 89-81 §4.270, 9-20-89)

Calverton Park  Website

No ordinances found.

Champ  Website

No ordinances found.

Charlack Website

Prohibited unless zoned for agriculture.

SECTION 215.010:     NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH

13.     The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.

Chesterfield    Website 

Property must be at least 2 acres.

Sec. 5-21.  [Keeping, raising, harboring, selling of farm or wild animals.]

(a)     Except for dogs, cats and nondomestic animals which are otherwise provided for in this Code, and except for traditional household pets such as caged birds and other similar caged animals and aquarium animals, no person shall keep, raise, harbor or offer for sale any farm animal or wild animal, including but not limited to cattle, cow, bull, hog, horse, donkey, sheep, pig, goat, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, skunk, or raccoon within the City, unless such animal is kept in an enclosed area on a tract of land on property of at least two (2) acres or more in size. Persons keeping farm animals, including horses, donkeys, mules, cows, pigs (including pot-bellied pigs), chicken hens and other fowl and poultry on property less than two (2) acres, but more than one (1) acre, as of February 2, 2009, shall be permitted to keep raising said farm animals on their property that is greater than one (1) acre in size. All persons who begin to raise or keep said farm animals after February 2, 2009 shall do so exclusively on property of at least two (2) acres in size.

(b)     No person shall own, possess, or have custody on his or her premises any wild animal for display, training, or exhibition purposes whether gratuitously or for a fee.

(c)     No person shall keep or permit to be kept any wild animal as a pet.

(Ord. No. 2509, §§ 2–4, 2-7-09)

Clarkson Valley Website

Chickens allowed.  Minimum 3 acres required.

SECTION 205.050: KEEPING, RAISING, HARBORING, SELLING OF FARM OR WILD ANIMALS

Except for dogs, cats and nondomestic animals which are otherwise provided for in this Code, and except for traditional household pets such as caged birds and other similar caged animals and aquarium animals, no person shall keep, raise, harbor or offer for sale any farm animal or wild animal, including but not limited to cattle, cow, bull, hog, horse, donkey, sheep, pig, goat, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, skunk, or raccoon within the City, unless such animal is kept in an enclosed area on a tract of land on property of at least three (3) acres or more in size.

SECTION 205.060: DEFINITIONS

A.       Definitions.  As used in this Section, the following terms shall mean:

DOMESTICATED ANIMALS:  The population of animals that have their behavior, life cycle, or physiology systemically altered as a result of being under human control for many generations.  Domesticated animals include but are not limited to canines, felines, ferrets, rabbits, gerbils, honey bees, waterfowls (e.g. geese or ducks), gamefowl (pigeons, guinea hens), landfowl (chickens or roosters), equids (miniature horses, horses, donkeys), or cattle (cows, pigs or sheep).

SECTION 205.120: NOISES AND/OR ODORS

It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having charge of any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, sheep, hog, goat, dog, cat, chicken or goose or any domesticated or wild fowl of any kind, even though the same may be kept penned and confined within the City, to allow or permit the same to give forth or cause any loud or unusual noises or to cause any ill-smelling, nauseous or obnoxious odors, to the annoyance of others; provided that, if such person  owning or having charge of any such beast or fowl, so causing or creating any such noise or odor, shall cure, remedy and entirely alleviate such odor or noise within ten (10) days after the service of a notice so to do upon him/her by any designated City official, then, in that event, no punishment shall be assessed or imposed against such person; but if such odor or noise is not cured, remedied and entirely alleviated within ten (10) days after the service of such notice, then such person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and each day such noise or odor exists after the expiration of ten (10) days from the service of such notice shall consti­tute a separate offense.  (CC 1990 §4-13)

Clayton Website

Permit required – must be renewed every 3 years. $50 Fee.

Section 210.260 [CC 1970 §4-9; Ord. No. 5797 §1, 11-11-2003; Ord. No. 6291 §1, 9-24-2013]

A.
Limitations On Keeping Domestic Fowl. It shall be unlawful for a person, other than a veterinary hospital or pet shop, to keep one (1) or more domestic geese, ducks, chickens or turkeys (“domestic fowl”) within the City for commercial or resale purposes. Domestic fowl kept as pets or for domestic egg production must be adequately confined within the private property boundaries of the owner’s yard sufficient to prevent their escape therefrom. Any person desiring to keep domestic fowl may do so only upon obtaining a permit for same from the City.
B.
Permit Required. No person may keep upon his premises any domestic fowl except as provided in this Section.
1.
Any person desiring to keep any domestic fowl within the City shall file with the City’s Planning and Development Services Department a written application for a permit, accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00). A permit will be issued after an inspection is completed to determine if the requirements of this Section have been satisfied. Each permit shall be for a term of three (3) years from the date thereof, unless sooner revoked as provided herein. A successive permit for additional periods of three (3) years may be issued through the same procedures for an initial application.

2.

Permits granted under this section may not be transferred to a new owner.

3.

Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, each property harboring domestic fowl which exists before the effective date of this Section shall comply with the provisions of this Section and obtain a permit within one hundred twenty (120) days after the effective date of this Section.

C.

Permit Criteria and Performance Standards. A permit may be issued if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

1.

Domestic fowl may be kept for purely domestic purposes only. No animals or eggs may be sold to any person not a resident of the premises where kept.

2.

The domestic fowl shall be safely and securely confined within a coop or pen surrounded by wire netting or other fence and a roof to prevent their escape. The domestic fowl shall not be permitted to run at large in or upon the public streets, open lots or private properties of the City, other than that of the owner.

3.

The coop or pen shall be maintained in a ventilated, clean, safe and sanitary condition, containing adequate space for humane treatment. The coop or other enclosure shall be maintained in good repair and free of noxious odors.

4.

The coop or pen shall be designed and maintained at all times to effectively prohibit accessibility by predators.

5.

Coops and pens shall be kept only in the rear yard. Coops and pens shall meet all rear and side yard setback requirements for accessory structures in accordance with the zoning district in which the property is located. Coops and pens shall be effectively screened from view by pedestrians at ground level at all times by the use of an opaque fence or landscaping.

6.

Any manure or waste shall be collected and properly removed from the premises or tilled into the soil on the premises promptly and regularly to prevent offensive smells or conditions conducive to diseases.

7.

Food for domestic fowl shall be stored in a container which is kept dry and sanitary and in a rodent-, insect- and leak-proof condition at all times.

8.

No person shall keep domestic fowl in a manner so as to create a nuisance as defined in Chapter 220, Nuisances, of the City Code.

9.

The keeping of domestic fowl pursuant to a permit issued under this Section shall comply with all ordinances of the City.

10.

By applying for a permit under this Section, the property owner authorizes City officials, at all reasonable times and in a reasonable manner, to enter upon and inspect the property with respect to which the permit is applied for to determine whether the keeping of domestic fowl violates this Section or any other applicable ordinances.

D.Revocation of Permits to Keep Domestic Fowl.

1.

In addition to any other penalty provided by law for violation of this Section or any other provision of this Code of Ordinances, if the holder of a permit allows any nuisance or unsanitary condition to exist upon the premises, or any violation of this Section to exist after notice of violation from the City, then such permit for domestic fowl may be disciplined or revoked after hearing, upon a determination by the City Manager or designee that such domestic fowl is being maintained in an unsanitary condition, or in violation of this Section, any of the conditions or performance standards provided herein, or other applicable laws. All domestic fowl must be disposed of or removed from the City following receipt of notice of revocation after hearing.

2.

Any applicant or permit holder aggrieved by a decision of (a) the Planning and Development Services Department in regard to issuance of a permit or (b) the City Manager or designee in regard to discipline or revocation of a permit may appeal the decision to the City Manager within five (5) business days of said decision by filing a written request for reconsideration and appeal setting forth in a thorough and concise manner the decision being appealed and all grounds known to the appellant as to wherein and why the decision is allegedly in error. The City Manager may consider the appeal on the record of the prior decision or may, at the Manager’s sole discretion, receive additional evidence in such manner as deemed appropriate in light of the circumstances.

Cool Valley  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 215.020:     POLICY AND ACTS DECLARED NUISANCES

B.     The following are declared to be public nuisances:

11.     The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City except domesticated animals kept as pets and as otherwise allowed by this Code.

Country Club Hills  Website

No ordinances found.

Country Life Acres Website

No ordinances found.

Crestwood  Website

3 hens allowed.  Annual permit required.

Sec. 6-19. Domestic animals and fowl.

(a) It is unlawful to keep, maintain or allow to remain upon one lot, tract or parcel of ground within the city, any sheep, goats, hogs, cows, horses, mink, rabbits, ducks, geese, pigeons, chickens, turkeys, bees (including honey bees) or other domestic animals or fowl, except as provided in this section.

(b) Any person wishing to keep any of the above domestic animals in the city may file with the animal control board a written application for a permit, stating the location and facilities to be provided, the size of the premises of the applicant, the number of each to be kept and the purposes of keeping. An application will be provided to the animal control officer and, if (s)he approves the same, the board may grant such a permit. Each permit is good for a period of one (1) year from the date thereof unless sooner revoked by the board, after hearing. With the exception of honey bees the number of animals to be allowed under the permit shall not exceed three (3). Honey bees will be limited to the number approved by the animal control board at the time of issuance of the permit. The facilities maintained by the permittee shall be inspected at any reasonable time, one (1) time each year, or more often as may be necessary to insure compliance with this section. Permits may be revoked or suspended by a decision of the animal control board for failure of permittee to provide adequate and/or humane facilities, or if animals or premises are deemed to be a nuisance.

(c) Pot-bellied pigs or other domesticated swine are expressly prohibited within the City of Crestwood.

(d) Nothing herein shall prohibit the keeping of the usual domestic animals and fowl, such as the usual childrens’ pets, provided they are not deemed to be a nuisance.

(e) All domestic animals, fowl and bees, while on the premises of their owner, shall be under the immediate control of their owner or custodian, or shall be securely restrained or enclosed in a suitable outbuilding or enclosure.

(f) Any building or enclosure contemplated by this section must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition so that no offensive odors escape therefrom. Any building or enclosure must be cleaned at least every twenty-four (24) hours, so that no offensive odor or unsightly condition exists.

(g) Any person having physical control/possession of any animal is responsible for disposing of any fecal matter deposited by that animal. This includes, but is not limited to, the owner’s private property, someone else’s private property, vacant property, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, common ground areas, and all public park areas.

(Ord. No. 4044, § 1(Exh. A), 4-10-07)

Creve Coeur       Website

8 hens allowed, No roosters.  One additional hen allowed per 2,500 square feet over 7,500 square feet (with 5,500 square feet unimproved) up to 12 hens.  Coop restrictions.

SECTION 205.035:     RESTRICTIONS ON CHICKEN HENS

A.     Up to eight (8) chicken hens may be kept for private, non-commercial, and non-breeding use on parcels zoned “HE” (Higher Education) or “A, B, C, or D” (Single-Family Residential) that are at least seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet in total land area and have at least five thousand five hundred (5,500) square feet of unimproved land area.  An additional hen is allowed for each two thousand five hundred (2,500) additional square feet above the minimum lot size for eligible parcels to a maximum number of twelve (12) hens.  Roosters are prohibited.

B.     Chicken hens must be securely constrained and enclosed in a suitable shelter, chicken coop, aviary, or other outbuilding or enclosure surrounded by wire netting or other fence to prevent their escape therefrom and such structure must be kept in good repair and free of peeling paint, untreated or rotted wood and rust.  Such wire netting or fence shall not exceed six (6) feet in height.  Shelters, coops, aviaries, or other outbuildings shall not exceed twelve (12) feet in height or one hundred (100) feet in gross floor area, shall be located at least ten (10) feet from the principal building, and shall only be located in the rear yard.  The rear yard setback must be at least five (5) feet from the rear lot line and the same side yard as is required for the principal structure located on the zoning lot shall be maintained.  Areas containing any shelter, chicken coop, aviary or other outbuilding, and any appurtenances thereto must either be of level grade or graded in a direction away from the property line preventing runoff to adjacent property.

C.     Chicken hens shall be kept and maintained in a clean and wholesome manner as follows:

1.     Any manure or other waste from the chicken hens shall be collected and properly removed from the premises or tilled into the soil on the premises promptly and regularly to prevent the spreading of offensive smells or diseases.

2.     The owner of the premises and the tenant and custodian must promptly comply with orders of the City and/or the St. Louis County Department of Health in respect to any unsanitary condition found to exist.

3.     The presence of numerous flies or the presence of fly larvae in the vicinity of any such premises, enclosures or structures shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

4.     Any obnoxious odor or allergen arising from any condition existing within the enclosure or within any structure used or intended to be used for the housing of chicken hens shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

5.     Deceased chicken hens must be disposed of either through burial or incineration in accordance with Federal, State, and County regulations.

6.     All enclosures, refuse containers, and all feed containers intended for the use of chicken hens shall be constructed, maintained and kept in such a manner as to be completely rodent-proof.  The floors of every such enclosure shall be smooth and tight, and maintained so as to prevent accumulation of filth or water or harboring of vermin thereunder.  (Ord. No. 5238 §2, 1-9-12)

Crystal Lake Park   Website

Not prohibited.

SECTION 205.180:     ANIMALS — KEEPING PROHIBITED

It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City of Crystal Lake Park, Missouri:

1.     Any warmblooded, carnivorous or omnivorous, wild or exotic animal (including, but not limited to, non-human primates, raccoons, skunks, foxes and wild exotic cats; but excluding fowl, ferrets and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes).

2.     Any animal having poisonous bites.

3.     Any pit bull dog; provided, that pit bull dogs registered with the County of St. Louis on March 10, 1999, may be kept within the City subject to the standards and requirements set forth in Section 205.190 of this Chapter.  (CC 1995 §215.135; Ord. No. 339 §1, 3-10-99)

Dellwood  Website

No ordinances found.

Des Peres Website

Minimum 4 acres.  1 chicken per 1/5 acre.  Cannot be a nuisance.

Sec. 5-1. Running at large prohibited.

(a)

No person, owning or having charge of any bull, cat, cow, dog, goat, hog, horse, mule, sheep or any domesticated animal or wild fowl of any kind, shall allow the same to run at large within the city. However, animals securely tied or led by a leash of not more than six (6) feet and accompanied by and under the control and supervision of the owner or a competent keeper shall not constitute a violation of this section.

(b)

In any prosecution charging a violation of this section, proof that any animal or fowl was running at large in violation of this section, together with proof that the defendant named in the complaint was, at the time described in the complaint, the owner or keeper of such animal or fowl, shall constitute a prima facie presumption that such owner or keeper was the person who permitted such animal or fowl to run at large.

(Code 1980, § 240.220)

Sec. 5-11. Keeping certain livestock; minimum area required.

(a) No person shall keep any bull, calf, cow, donkey, goat, hog, horse, mule, sheep, or domestic fowl within or under any building used for human habitation within this city; nor shall any such animal be kept, held, or maintained on any lot or property or contiguous lots less than four (4) acres in area. For each animal kept on property within the city, there shall be a minimum of open, accessible ground suitable for reasonable use by such animal as follows:

(1)Three quarters (¾) of an acre per bull, calf, cow, goat, or sheep.

(2)Two (2) acres per donkey, horse, or mule.

(3)One fifth (1/5) of an acre per hog or domestic fowl.

(b)Any stable, barn, enclosure, or other structure for the care or sheltering of any such animals shall be located at least seventy-five (75) feet from any boundary line of the property line upon which they are situated.

(Code 1980, § 240.100; Ord. No. 1468, § 1, 3-4-91)

Sec. 5-13. Animal noises.

No person shall permit a dog, cat, horse, cow, goat, sheep, chicken, duck, goose, or any other domesticated or wild fowl or animal of any kind whatsoever, owned by him or within his custody or control, to habitually emit loud noises thereby reasonably causing the peace of any person of ordinary temper and disposition to be disturbed. A dog, cat, horse, cow, goat, sheep, chicken, duck, goose or any other domesticated or wild fowl or animal of any kind whatsoever which habitually emits loud noises, thereby reasonably causing the peace of any person of ordinary temper and disposition to be disturbed, is declared to be a public nuisance. Any person convicted of violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as provided by law for such offense.

(Code 1980, § 240.140; Ord. No. 1362, § 1, 12-12-88)

Edmundson  Website

No ordinances found.

Ellisville  Website

4 hens allowed, no roosters.  Annual permit required.  $10 fee.  Single family dwellings only.  Coop restrictions apply.

Section 205.300 Keeping of Chickens — Allowed On All Detached Single-Family Lots.

[Ord. No. 3060 §4, 2-1-2012]

A.

The keeping of chickens shall be allowed on all detached single-family lots under the following conditions.

1.

Permits and fees.

a.

Upon application submitted with a ten dollar ($10.00) application fee per household, City may issue a one (1) year permit if, after inspection, it is shown that location and facilities provided comply with all regulations as set out in this Article.

b.

Annual renewal application, ten dollar ($10.00) fee and inspection.

2.

Number of chickens allowed.

a.

No more than four (4) hens shall be allowed for each single-family dwelling. None shall be allowed in multi-family complexes, including condos and duplexes.

b.

No roosters shall be allowed.

c.

Although hens are not considered pets, up to four (4) hens will count as one (1) animal unit when determining the maximum number of pets allowed as set out in Section 205.060.

3.

Enclosure/containment requirements.

a.

Not permitted to “run at large”.

b.

May not be kept inside the habitable areas of the dwelling.

c.

A coop must be provided with minimum square footage of three (3) square feet per bird. Design and construction of coop is to be reviewed and approved by City staff.

d.

However, coop may be kept inside the garage (finished or unfinished), unfinished or non-habitable areas in basement or cellars and non-habitable accessory structures.

e.

Outdoor pen/run must be provided; minimum square footage per bird: ten (10) square feet.

f.

Pen/run may not be located indoors (garage, basement, cellar or accessory structure). It may not be located in the front or side yards.

g.

An outdoor coop and/or pen used exclusively for chickens will not count towards the maximum number of accessory structures allowed.

h.

Coop and outdoor pen/run must be kept in a neat and sanitary condition at all times, and must be cleaned regularly so as to prevent offensive odors, insects and disease.

4.

Distance regulations.

a.

Outdoor pen/run and coop must be situated a minimum of ten (10) feet from the property line.

b.

Notification of neighbor is part of the permit process but support letters are not needed.

c.

Pen and coop design, materials and screening shall be subject to staff approval for design, materials and location. Appeals to staff’s decision may be made to the ARB.

5.

Nuisances. See Section 205.070 Noises and Noxious Odors. Also see Chapter 215 Nuisances addressing noise, smells, cleanliness, manure/droppings.

6.

Slaughtering restrictions. Any slaughtering of chickens shall not be visible on premises.

7.              Miscellaneous regulations.

a.

May not breed chickens for sale or sell any of their by-products.

b.

Chicken feed must be stored in rat-proof containers.

c.                Chickens currently kept shall not be “grandfathered” or permitted to remain after the effective date of this Article unless brought into compliance.

Eureka Website

Minimum 3 acres needed.  5 chickens per acre, no more than 50 chickens.

4-1. ANIMALS AND FOWL

4-1.2.(b)

No person shall keep, raise or harbor chickens (other than as provided in Section 4-1.2), guinea fowl, turkeys, ducks or geese unless such fowl are kept on a residentially zoned tract of land not less than three (3) acres in size, with no more than five (5) of any such fowl being allowed per acre and no more than fifty (50) of any such fowl on a tract of land irrespective of the size of such tract.  Chickens may be kept, raised and harbored on commercially zoned tracts of land of five (5) or more acres as approved by the Board of Aldermen.  Such consideration may include, but not be limited to, the size and location of the area where they are to be harbored, as well as the total number to be harbored on the subject parcel.

Fenton  Website

Not prohibited but cannot keep noisy animals.not prohibited

SECTION 210.120:     KEEPING OF ANIMALS CAUSING LOUD NOISES PROHIBITED

The keeping of a dog or any other animal which emits any barking or other animal noises which produce actual physical or mental discomfort to a normal person of ordinary sensibilities, tastes and habits is hereby prohibited.

Ferguson  Website

6 hens, no roosters allowed.  1 additional hen per 10,000 square feet of land over 10,000 square feet lot allowed.  Annual permit required. $3 per hen fee.  Coop restrictions apply.

Sec. 6-16. Livestock.

(a)Running at large prohibited.

(1)No person shall permit any livestock in their possession to run at large, in or upon the public streets, open lots or private properties of the city, other than that of the owner. The livestock must remain within a fenced area upon property owned or leased by the permittee.

(2)When any such animals are found running at large within the city, it shall be the duty of the animal control officer to restrain the same in a suitable place to be provided or procured under order of the city manager. Any animal or fowl impounded shall be kept at least three (3) days and the owner notified. If the owner fails to claim such animal, or if the owner cannot be found, the animal shall be turned over to the Humane Society of Missouri, or other such agency.

(b)Permit to keep livestock.

(1)No person shall operate or maintain any specified animal facility unless a permit has first been obtained from the director. If a resident is keeping livestock without a permit, they are subject to prosecution for an ordinance violation and subject to the penalties set forth in this Code.

(2)Any person desiring to keep or maintain any livestock within any residential area of the city may do so only upon obtaining a permit for same from the city. All livestock permits shall be issued for a period not to exceed one (1) year and such permits shall be renewed annually by July 1 of each year. The annual permit fee shall be the same amount as the fee imposed by the City of Ferguson for a dog license; a fee shall be paid for each animal kept on the same property. Any permit may be suspended or revoked in accordance with the process outlined in this section revocable by the city if the keeping of any animal is found to endanger the health, safety or welfare of the public or the animals themselves, creates a nuisance or is in violation of state law or regulation or city ordinance. Each application for a livestock permit shall be signed by both the property owner and the tenant or occupant of the property where the livestock are proposed to be kept and shall contain a detailed site plan showing all improvements and facilities, including fences, for the keeping of livestock along with the distances between such improvements and property lines, adjacent facilities and other structures. All livestock and improvements, animal facilities, houses, buildings, pens and coops shall comply with the following requirements:

a.The facility shall be in good repair, capable of being maintained in a clean and in a sanitary condition, free of vermin, noxious smells and substances.

b.No person shall have more than six (6) egg-laying fowl on a residential lot that is ten thousand (10,000) square feet or less. For lots larger than ten thousand (10,000) square feet, one (1) additional egg-laying fowl may be allowed for each additional ten thousand (10,000) square feet. No roosters shall be allowed on any residential property.

c.The facility, or the conditions created by the facility, shall not create a nuisance or disturb neighboring residents due to noise, odor, damage or threats to the public health, safety and welfare.

d.Livestock must be kept in an enclosed fenced area which meets the setback requirements at all times; provided, however, that if a six-foot privacy fence is installed along the property’s boundaries and fully encloses the yard where livestock is kept, an additional enclosure within the setback requirements is not required. All fencing and enclosures shall reasonably prevent the specified animal from roaming at large or beyond the fenced area. No person shall keep any livestock within a dwelling. Fowl shall be secured within a permitted enclosure during non-daylight hours.

1.All facilities for livestock, including but not limited to henhouses, pens, coops, feeding troughs and stations, nesting facilities and grazing areas, shall only be located in the rear yard. All facilities, including fencing, for fowl and rabbits shall be located on the applicant’s property and must be located at least ten (10) feet from the property line and at least thirty (30) feet from any adjacent residential dwelling, church, school or place of business. All facilities, including fencing, for other livestock shall be located on the applicant’s property and must be located at least fifty (50) feet from the property line. No livestock shall be allowed to roam, graze or be present within the setbacks described in this section.

2.Livestock enclosures shall be enclosed on all sides and shall have a roof and doors. Access doors must be able to be shut and locked at night. Rabbits and fowl enclosures that have opening windows and vents must be covered with predator and bird proof wire of less than one-inch openings.

3.The materials used in making a livestock enclosure shall be uniform for each element of the structure such that the walls are made of the same material, the roof has the same shingles or other covering, and any windows or openings are constructed using the same materials. The use of scrap, waste board, sheet metal, or similar materials is prohibited. The enclosure shall be well maintained.

4.All improvements and structures must comply with the city’s building code, if applicable based on the size of the accessory structure, and must be consistent with the requirements of any applicable zoning code, condition of approval of a land use decision or other land use regulation. All improvements and structures shall be subject to applicable permitting and inspection requirements when first constructed or when structural alterations are made.

(3)Each permit issued by the director shall be conditioned on the applicant maintaining all livestock, facilities and enclosures in compliance with all applicable law and regulation, including city ordinance, and compliance with any other permit conditions which the director deems necessary to preserve the public health, safety and welfare and prevent nuisances, including limitations on the number of animals and additional requirements for the improvements and facilities.

(4)If an inspection reveals that any provision in this chapter is violated, the director shall mail written notice to the property owner at the owner’s last known address of record or to the keeper or other responsible person, specifying the violation and requiring that the violation be corrected within seventy-two (72) hours. If the violation is not corrected within the period specified, the permit shall be subject to suspension or revocation and the following procedure shall be followed:

a.The director or his/her designee shall set a hearing to consider the question of suspension or revocation.

b.At least ten (10) days prior to such hearing, written notice shall be mailed to the permittee at his/her or its known address as shown in the records of the county or the city advising the permittee of the time and place of the hearing and of the reason for considering the suspension or revocation of the permit.

c.During the pendency of this hearing and until a decision is rendered by the hearing officer, the licensee shall be permitted to continue the keeping of existing livestock, provided however, that the pendency of such hearing shall not preclude prosecution for violation of the ordinances of the city occurring during such period.

d.At the hearing, the hearing officer, who shall be the director or his/her designee, shall hear all relevant evidence justifying the suspension or revocation of the permit and shall grant the permittee to relay all relevant evidence justifying the retention of the permit.

e.The director or his/her designee shall notify the permittee of the results of the hearing in writing within five (5) business days of the hearing. If the permit is suspended or revoked, the director shall state in his/her order the date by which all livestock and/or facilities and improvements shall be removed from the property which shall be, at minimum, ten (10) days from the date of the order.

f.In the event that a permittee whose permit has been suspended or revoked pursuant to this section, or a related entity of a permittee whose permit has been revoked pursuant to this section, shall thereafter apply for a substantially similar permit, the licensing official may take into account the act(s) and circumstances which lead to the suspension or revocation in considering the new application.

g.Any person aggrieved by the determination of the hearing officer aforesaid may seek review of such decision by the city manager. A written request for review must be submitted by the aggrieved party within five (5) days of the date of the determination for which review is sought. The written request for review shall, at minimum, set forth all reasons known to the applicant as to wherein and why the administrative determination is in error and the evidence which supports such assertions.

h.The filing of a request for review shall not stay the outcome of the administrative determination unless the city manager shall suspend the effect of the determination upon request of the aggrieved party.

i.The city manager may, at its option, review the determination on the basis of the city’s files and the record of the prior proceedings or may hold an additional hearing thereon. The city manager shall reduce the results of his review to writing and give notice thereof to all parties.

j.Any person aggrieved by the decision of the city manager may seek further review to the city council by filing a written request within five (5) days of the city manager’s decision. The written request shall, at minimum, set forth all reasons known to the applicant as to wherein and why the administrative determination is in error and the evidence which supports such assertions.

k.Any person aggrieved by the decision of the city council may seek judicial review by filing a petition for same with the Circuit Court of St. Louis County within fifteen (15) days of the date of the council’s decision.

(5)Following suspension or revocation of a permit, before operation of the facility resumes or any livestock is located or placed upon the property, submission of a new application for a specified animal facility permit accompanied by payment of the permit fees shall be required, and the facility shall not be allowed to operate and livestock shall not be allowed to be kept on the property until an appropriate permit is approved and issued.

(6)Variances.

a.Where there are practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship in carrying out the strict letter of the provisions of this chapter, the city council may vary or modify the application of specific area regulations for any physical improvement, facility or structure so that the spirit of the Municipal Code shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done.

b.There shall be no variance allowed regarding the number of animals that may be kept on residential property.

c.No application for variance may be submitted to the city council unless it contains the signature of the property owner and tenant or other occupant of the property where the livestock are to be kept and the signature of the owners of all properties which are directly adjacent to the applicant’s property. Each application for variance shall contain a detailed site plan showing the proposed improvements, facilities or improvements, shall be on an application form approved by the city and shall be accompanied by the appropriate application fee.

d.Upon receipt of a fully-completed application, the city council shall set a date for a public hearing with notice being published at least fifteen (15) days prior to the public hearing.

e.A variance from the specific area regulations for physical improvements, facilities or structures set forth in this section may be granted where it is found that, due to a condition relating to the shape, topography or other unique physical condition of the lot which is not prevalent in the neighborhood, the applicant would be subject to practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship. The loss of possible advantage, financial considerations or mere inconvenience to the applicant shall not be considered as practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship.

(Ord. No. 88-2257, § 1, 2-9-88; Ord. No. 2005-3252, § 1, 10-11-05; Ord. No. 2013-3522, § 1, 3-26-13)

Flordell Hills  Website

No ordinances found.

Florissant  Website

4 chickens allowed.  Permit required (valid for 3 years).  Must have written approval from the majority of immediately adjacent neighbors.

SECTION 205.360:     PERMIT REQUIRED

A.     Any person desiring to keep any domestic animals, fowl or bees except for the usual domestic animal or fowl such as the usual children’s pets provided they do not exceed four (4) in number in the City may file with the City’s Health Department a written application for a permit containing the following information:

1.     The applicant’s location and facilities to be provided.

2.     The size of the premises where the animal(s) is to be kept.

3.     Detailed drawings including dimensions of all pens, cages and housing used for shelter.

4.     Applicants shall state the number of each animal to be kept and the purpose of keeping.

5.     If applicable, applicants shall provide the City a letter from a State licensed veterinarian attesting to the fact that the animals applied for pose no threat to public health and shall list all vaccinations that will be required.

6.     Applicant must notify all contiguous properties and obtain written consent from a majority of properties contiguous to the applicant’s property.

B.     Upon Health Department approval, said application will be forwarded to the City Council for approval or denial.

C.     Permit is valid for a period of three (3) years from date of Council approval unless sooner revoked by the Council following a hearing.  (Code 1980 §4-74; CC 1990 §4-127; Ord. No. 7903 §1, 8-27-12)          Cross Reference–Licenses and miscellaneous business regulations generally, ch. 605.

SECTION 205.370:     PROVISIONS Of SECTIONS NOT TO APPLY TO FARMS

Provisions set out in Sections 205.350 and 205.360 shall not apply to any premises within the City which is used for and as a farm.  (Code 1980 §4-75; CC 1990 §4-128)

SECTION 205.380:     CERTAIN DOMESTIC ANIMALS PERMITTED

Nothing in this Article shall prohibit the keeping of the usual domestic animals and fowl such as the usual children’s pets provided they do not exceed four (4) in number.  (Code 1980 §4-76; CC 1990 §4-129)

SECTION 205.390:     ANIMALS, FOWL, BEES TO BE KEPT IN ENCLOSURES — MAINTENANCE OF ENCLOSURES

A.     All domestic animals, fowl and bees, while on the premises of their owner, shall be under the immediate control of their owner or custodian or shall be surely restrained or enclosed in a suitable outbuilding or enclosure.

B.     All domestic animals or fowl, when off the premises of the owner or custodian, shall be on a leash or harness not exceeding six (6) feet in length or shall be confined in an enclosure; however, a horse shall at no time be permitted to be ridden or driven on any street or public place or easement within the City, except that any person desiring to ride a horse in a parade may do so upon obtaining a permit as provided in Section 340.040 of this Code.

C.     Any building or enclosure contemplated by this Section must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition so that no offensive odors escape therefrom.  Any building or enclosure contemplated by this Section must be cleaned at least every twenty-four (24) hours so that no offensive odor or unsightly condition exists.

D.     Every pen, run, cage or yard wherein any domestic animals are kept shall be maintained so that no offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell, odor or stench shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any neighbor or neighbors.  All waste materials shall be removed and disposed of at least every twenty-four (24) hours.  No person shall during the summer season confine or allow to be kept or confined any swine without any pen or sty for a longer period than three (3) days within ten (10) feet of any street, sidewalk or public road.  (Code 1980 §§4-77, 12-3; CC 1990 §4-130)

Frontenac  Website

Conflicting information.  Prohibited by city ordinances as posted, but allowing up to 5 hens discussed and approved at a Summer 2013 City Council meeting.  City Website

SECTION 215.010:     KEEPING OF LIVESTOCK AND DOMESTIC FOWL RESTRICTED

The keeping, sheltering and maintaining of swine, cattle, sheep, goats or domestic fowl on residential property or on any public place is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and is prohibited. (CC 1991 §5-1; Ord. No. 454 §9, 4-11-72)

Cross Reference–Offensive conditions generally, ch. 225.

Frontenac opens doors to backyard chickens.  July 17, 2013.  St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article

“Up to five chickens will be allowed. They must be kept in a secured coop or other outbuilding, properly set back from property lines and with a height of no more than eight feet. Only female chickens are permitted, and roosters, as well as non-domesticated animals besides chickens, are not allowed.”

Glen Echo Park Website

No ordinances found.

Glendale  Website

2 chickens allowed.  Permit required.  Must obtain written permission from all neighbors within 200 feet.  Coop restrictions apply.

SECTION 210.030:     COMMERCIAL RAISING OF ANIMALS, FOWL AND REPTILES PROHIBITED

A.     No person shall be permitted to engage in the raising of animals, fowl or reptiles for commercial purposes in the City.

B.     Any person who shall keep, own, control, possess or have in custody on any lot, building, structure or premises of any nature whatsoever, more than two (2) animals, fowl or reptiles older than eight (8) weeks of age shall be presumed to be engaged in the raising of the same for commercial purposes contrary to the provisions of this Section.

C.     Whenever any person shall harbor or maintain any such animals, fowl or reptiles on or in more than one (1) lot, building, structure or premises, the total number of the same thus held by such person shall be considered as being in one place for the purpose of determining whether or not an illegal number of the same is being harbored or maintained.  (R.O. 2010 §210.030; C.O. 1948 c. 12 §§11-1–11-3; CC 1970 §4-3)

SECTION 210.240:     KEEPING PROHIBITED — EXCEPTION

It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to own, keep or harbor upon his/her premises any chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl except as otherwise provided in this Article.  (R.O. 2010 §210.240; CC 1970 §4-23; Ord. No. 931 §2, 10-12-51)

SECTION 210.250:     KEEPING UNDER SPECIAL PERMIT FROM BOARD OF ALDERMEN

The Board of Aldermen may, upon application, authorize the owning, keeping and harboring of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl on premises within the City by special permit and any person desiring to keep, own or harbor any chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl within the City shall make written application therefor to the Board, stating the location and the facilities provided, the size of the premises of the applicant, the number of each species so to be kept and the purpose thereof, which application shall be accompanied by the written consent of all property owners owning residences within two hundred (200) feet of the premises upon which such chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl are to be kept.  Such application shall be referred to the Health Commissioner, and if he, after inspection, shall approve the same, the Board may grant such permit.  Each permit shall be good for a period of one (1) year from the date thereof, unless sooner revoked by the Board, after hearing thereon.  All such applications shall be filed with the City Clerk.  (R.O. 2010 §210.250; CC 1970 §4-24; Ord. No. 931 §3, 10-12-51)

SECTION 210.260:     ENCLOSURES

All chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl so kept in the City shall be securely restrained and enclosed in a suitable outbuilding or enclosure, upon the premises of the owner thereof and shall not be permitted to be at large at any time.  Such outbuilding or other enclosure shall not be nearer than thirty (30) feet to any portion of any residence or living quarters and shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition, so that no offensive odor shall escape therefrom.  No live chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl shall, at any time, be kept in any building used or occupied for residential purposes.  (R.O. 2010 §210.260; CC 1970 §4-25; Ord. No. 931 §4, 10-12-51)

SECTION 210.270:     SANITATION REGULATIONS

All droppings and other refuse removed from the building or other enclosure in which chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl are kept, shall not be permitted to accumulate upon the premises but shall be promptly disposed of in a sanitary manner.  It shall be the duty of all persons to promptly comply with the orders of the Health Commissioner in respect to any unsanitary condition found to exist upon such premises.  (R.O. 2010 §210.270; CC 1970 §4-26; Ord. No. 931 §5, 10-12-51)

SECTION 210.280:     RUNNING AT LARGE PROHIBITED

A.     It shall be unlawful for the owner of any chicken, duck, turkey, goose or other fowl to permit the same to run at large, or go upon any street, alley or public place in the City, or in or upon the premises of another within the City.

B.     It shall be unlawful for any person owning, harboring, or keeping chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, or other fowl, to fail to keep the same within a yard or other place surrounded by wire netting or other fence sufficient to prevent their escape therefrom.  (R.O. 2010 §210.280; C.O. 1948 c. 12 §§6-2–6-3; CC 1970 §4-27)

SECTION 210.290:     COMPLIANCE WITH ZONING REGULATIONS

Nothing contained in this Article shall be construed as permitting any person to violate any Zoning Regulation of the City.  (R.O. 2010 §210.290; CC 1970 §4-28; Ord. No. 931 §7, 10-12-51)

Grantwood Village  Website

4 hens, no roosters allowed.  Permit required. Coop restrictions apply.

SECTION 205.260: KEEPING OF CHICKENS–RESTRICTIONS

A. Except as otherwise prohibited by this Code, no person shall maintain on his/her private property more than four (4) chickens at any time. Such chickens may be kept for the sole enjoyment and benefit of the property owner and no person shall keep any chickens for any commercial purpose or for the benefit of any other person.
B. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any rooster.
C. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any chicken to permit the same to run at large at any time. All chickens kept shall be confined upon the premises at all times -.Dogs and cats. shall be given immunity from their behavior if they chase or kill a chicken that runs at large or does not remain on the premises at all times.
D. Every person desiring to keep chickens shall first obtain a permit prior to bringing chickens onto their property, The permit shall verify that the person has met all of the obligations of this Article. This permit shall be renewed annually on or before July 1st. There shall be no charge for this permit. Permits shall be issued by the Building Commissioner. (Vil. Ord. No. 658.11, 12-20-11)

SECTION 205.270: NUISANCES – WHEN PROHIBITED

A. It shall be unlawful for any chicken to give forth any loud or unusual noises, or cause any ill-smelling, nauseous or obnoxious odors.
B. Chickens shall be kept in a clean and wholesome manner to prevent the spread of odors and disease.
C. Any person whose chickens are the source of a nuisance or public health hazard shall have their permit revoked. The chickens must be removed immediately upon loss of permit, and the coop and fenced enclosure must be cleaned, disinfected, disassembled, and removed from the property.
D. Any person who loses their permit due to public hazard or being a source of bacteria shall be prohibited from being issued another permit for a period of two (2) years. (Vil. Ord. No. 658.11, 12-20-11)

SECTION 205.280: HOUSING REQUIREMENTS

A. Housing for chickens kept within the Village shall be attractive and shall not be an eyesore or a detriment to the residence or neighborhood. Housing shall be painted or stained, and kept in excellent condition. The floor of the chicken coop shall be made of a non-porous material that is easy to clean. If the floor is wooden it must be covered with a laminate or other washable material. The chicken coop shall not contain any external electric, gas or-other power source.
B. All chickens kept within the Village must be kept within a fenced enclosure for the single purpose of protecting said chickens.  All fixed and immovable fence enclosures must meet the following minimum standards:
1. Shall be constructed of a commercially available steel frame with welded wire fencing or chicken wire fencing covering all sides and roof of the enclosure. The frame and wire fencing shall be coated.

Green Park  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.020:     KEEPING CERTAIN LIVESTOCK — MINIMUM AREA REQUIRED

No person shall keep any bull, calf, cow, donkey, goat, hog, horse, mule, sheep or domestic fowl within or under any building used for human habitation within this City, nor shall any such animal be kept, held or maintained on any lot or property within the City.  (Ord. No. 101 §2(B), 6-17-96)

Greendale  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.140: LIVESTOCK AND FOWL

It shall be unlawful for any person at any time to keep, board or house work animals or those animals
or fowl normally raised for human consumption such as horses, mules, goats, steers, cows, rabbits and
chickens within the City of Greendale. (Ord. No. 287 §1, 4-16-85)

Hanley Hills  Website

No ordinances found.

Hazelwood  Website

Chickens not specifically prohibited, nor are they addressed.  Cannot become a nuisance.

SECTION 220.020:     PUBLIC NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH DESIGNATED

The following are declared to be public nuisances affecting health and are prohibited:

5.     Accumulations of manure, rubbish, garbage, refuse and human and industrial or noxious or offensive waste, except the normal storage on a farm of manure for agricultural purposes.

12.     The keeping of animals or fowl, except in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 210, Animals and Fowl, of the Municipal Code of the City of Hazelwood, Missouri.

Hillsdale  Website

No ordinances found.

Huntleigh  Website

List of Subdivision Indentures

Prohibited.

SECTION 215.010:     NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH

The following are declared to be nuisances affecting health:

11. The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.

Jennings  Website

Prohibited.

Sec. 23-2. Nuisance declared.

A public nuisance exists on any lot or land if any conditions including, but not limited to the following are present:

(r)Horses, mules, jennets, bulls, cows, calves, sheep, hogs, goats, minks, rabbits and all other nondomestic animals, ducks, geese, pigeons, chickens or any other type of fowl or bees, including honey bees, on premises other than farms, zoos or laboratories; except that this shall not prohibit the keeping of one (1) domestic rabbit as a pet in a family if kept in a sanitary condition.

(Ord. No. 2246, § 2, 2-27-2012)

Kinloch  Website

No ordinances found.

Kirkwood   Website

Poultry must be confined.  Must not be a nuisance.

Sec. 4-6. Poultry not to run at large.

Owners of poultry in the city shall keep the poultry confined upon their own premises. (Gen.
Ords. 1959, §52.42)

 

Sec. 4-10. Same-Conformity with other applicable ordinances.

Sections 4-8 and 4-9 shall be enforced and construed in conformity with any and all other
ordinances regulating the keeping or maintenance of any animal, livestock yard, or a nuisance. (Ord. No.
6515, §3, 12-20-79)

Ladue Website

Cannot be a nuisance.

Sec. 58-1. – Prohibited generally.

Subject to the provisions of this chapter, the creation of any unreasonably loud, disturbing or unnecessary noise in the city is hereby prohibited.

(Code 1969, § 17-1; Ord. No. 118, § 1(a), 11-20-1939)

Sec. 58-2. – Acts enumerated.

The following acts, among others, are hereby declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of the provisions of this chapter, but such enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:

(3)Animals, birds or fowl. The keeping of any animal, bird or fowl which, by causing frequent or long continued noise shall tend to disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity; provided that any such noise that can be distinctly heard at a distance of more than 100 feet from its source shall be deemed excessive.

Lakeshire  Website

No ordinances found.

Mackenzie  Website

No ordinances found.

Manchester  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 215.010:     NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH

A.     The following are declared to be nuisances affecting health:

13.     The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.

Maplewood  Website

6 hens allowed, no roosters. Permit required.

Sec. 10-3. – Poultry.

(a)The keeping of up to six chickens or ducks in total shall be permitted as provided in this section only in the SR single-family residential zoning district and only if a permit has been issued by the director of public works. A permit to keep not more than six chickens or ducks in total on any parcel of property located within a SR single-family residential zoning district shall be issued by the director of public works if the following conditions are satisfied:

(1)The chickens or ducks must be adequately confined within a yard or other place surrounded by wire netting or other fence as a provision to prevent their escape therefrom.

(2)The pen shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.

(3)Any manure or other discharges from the chickens or ducks shall be collected and properly removed from the premises or tilled into the soil on the premises promptly and regularly to prevent the spreading of offensive smells or diseases.

(4)The keeping of roosters shall be strictly prohibited.

(5)No slaughtering of any chickens or ducks kept pursuant to a permit issued under this section shall be allowed.

(6)No person shall keep chickens or ducks in any manner as to create a nuisance under chapter 34, article VIII.

(b)The keeping of chickens or ducks pursuant to a permit issued under this section shall comply with all ordinances of the city. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to preclude the enforcement of any violation of any city ordinances committed in connection with the keeping of chickens or ducks, notwithstanding the issuance of such permit. By applying for a permit under this section the property owner authorizes city officials at all reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to enter upon and inspect the property with respect to which such permit is applied for to determine whether the keeping of chickens or ducks violates this section or any other applicable ordinances.

(Ord. No. 5525, § I(6-3), 6-9-2009)

Sec. 10-4. – Revocation of permits to keep chickens and/or ducks.

(a)The director of public works shall revoke any permit issued for the keeping of chickens or ducks for violation of any of the conditions stated in section 10-3 or if any of the following conditions are found to exist:

(1)Excessive noise created by the chickens or ducks is audible from adjacent property.

(2)The chickens or ducks are not kept in safe and sanitary condition.

(3)The chickens or ducks are not properly confined.

(4)The keeping of the chickens or ducks creates a nuisance.

(b)Actions to be taken.

(1)If a complaint is filed regarding a violation of any of the conditions stated in section 10-3 or this section, or, in the absence of a complaint, in the discretion of the director of public works, an investigation of any potential violations shall be made by the director of public works or designee.

(2)If the investigation substantiates the existence of a violation of such conditions, a letter shall be sent by certified mail to the property owner notifying the property owner of such violation and that same shall be corrected within not less than five days and that such property owner shall be responsible for notifying the director of public works by certified mail that such violations have been corrected and seeking a reinspection to verify that such violations have been corrected.

(3)In the event the property owner shall fail to notify the director of public works of such correction within five days or in the event that a reinspection does not verify such correction, the permit shall be revoked.

(c)Permit revocations under this section may be appealed as follows:

(1)Appeals must be filed within five days after the revocation notice is mailed by certified mail.

(2)Appeals shall be determined following a hearing before the city manager or his designee.

(3)At least five days notice of the hearing shall be given to the property owner by certified mail.

(4)The property owner and any other interested party may appear at the hearing and testify and present evidence concerning the conditions giving rise to the revocation.

(Ord. No. 5525, § I(6-4), 6-9-2009)

Marlborough  Website

No ordinances found.

Maryland Heights  Website

Chickens allowed.  Minimum 3 acres required.

Sec. 5-1. Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Animal means every nonhuman species of animal, both domestic and wild.

Farm animal means animals that would normally be located on a farm and includes, but is not limited to, horses, ponies, jackasses, donkeys, mules, cows, pigs, including pot-bellied pigs, chickens and other poultry.

Public nuisance or public nuisance animal means any animal that unreasonably annoys humans, endangers the life or health of other animals or persons, or substantially interferes with the rights of citizens, other than their owners, to enjoyment of life or property. The term “public nuisance animal” shall mean and include, but is not limited to, any animal that:

(1)Is repeatedly found at large;

(2)Damages the property of anyone other than its owner;

(3)Molests or threatens pedestrians or passersby;

(4)Chases vehicles;

(5)Excessively makes disturbing noises, including, but not limited to, continued and repeated howling, barking, whining, or other utterances causing unreasonable annoyance, disturbance, or discomfort to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept or harbored;

(6)Causes fouling of the air by odor and thereby creates unreasonable annoyance or discomfort to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept or harbored;

(7)Causes unsanitary conditions in enclosures or surroundings where the animal is kept or harbored;

(8)Is offensive or dangerous to the public health, safety, or welfare by virtue of the number and/or types of animals maintained; or,

(9)Attacks other domestic animals.

Sec. 5-4. Animal care, cruelty, etc.

(a)No owner shall fail to provide his animals with sufficient wholesome and nutritious food, water in sufficient quantities, proper air, shelter space and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and humane care and treatment.

(b)No person shall beat, cruelly ill-treat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal, or cause, instigate, or permit any dogfight, cockfight, bullfight, or other combat between animals or between animals and humans.

(c)No owner of an animal shall abandon such animal.

(d)Chickens, ducklings, or rabbits younger than eight (8) weeks of age may not be sold in quantities of fewer than twenty-five (25) to a single purchaser.

(i)Farm animals shall be kept on and restrained within properties of not less than three (3) acres.

Moline Acres  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.180: KEEPING ANIMALS IN DWELLINGS OF HUMANS

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation to keep any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, calf, sheep, hog, goat, or domesticated or wild fowl within or under any building used for human habitation within the corporate limits of the City of Moline Acres, and each day any such animal or fowl is so kept shall constitute a separate offense and the doing of any of these acts shall be deemed a nuisance. (Ord. No. 230 §17, 10-6-64)

SECTION 215.010: NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH

A. The following are declared to be nuisances affecting health:

13. The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.

Normandy  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.090: PROHIBITED KEEPING OF CERTAIN ANIMALS

It shall be unlawful to keep, maintain, or allow to remain upon any one (1) lot, tract, or piece of ground within the City, any sheep, goats, hogs, cows, horses, fowl, or exotic animals, excluding parrots, parakeets, canaries or any similar small bird kept as a pet and capable of being domestically caged, except where such animals are kept in the conduct of a commercial enterprise or business at locations where such a business is permitted. (CC 1975§4-5; Ord. No. 155 §1, 5-18-82; Ord. No. 547 §1, 6-7-05)

Northwoods  Website

Not specifically prohibited.  Cannot be a nuisance.

SECTION 210.070:     LOUD AND UNNECESSARY NOISE PROHIBITED

A.     The creation of any unreasonably loud, disturbing, or unnecessary noise in the City is hereby prohibited.

B.     The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this Section, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:

3.     Animals, fowl, etc.  the keeping of any animal, bird or fowl which, by causing frequent or long continued noise, shall tend to disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity; provided, that any such noise that can be distinctly heard at a distance of more than one hundred (100) feet from its source shall be deemed excessive.

Norwood Court  Website

No ordinances found.

Oakland  Website

Ordinances must be viewed at either the St. Louis County (Oak Bend Branch) Library located at 842 S. Holmes Avenue or by making an appointment with the City Administrator/City Clerk at 314-416-0026.

Oakville  (Unincorporated)

See Unincorporated regulations.

Olivette  Website

No specifically prohibited.  Cannot be a nuisance.

Overland  Website

Chickens allowed.  Coop restrictions apply.

SECTION 215.020:     KEEPING POULTRY, LIVESTOCK NEAR DWELLINGS

No poultry or livestock shall be housed or confined within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any single-family dwelling that is located upon any adjoining lot.  (Ord. No. 2011-35 §§1–2, 11-14-11)

SECTION 215.030:     LIVESTOCK, FOWL AT LARGE

No owner or keeper of livestock, chickens, pigeons, domestic rabbits or poultry of any kind, character or description whatsoever shall permit the same to run at large within the City.  (Ord. No. 2011-35 §§1–2, 11-14-11)

SECTION 215.040:     SLAUGHTERING FOWLS PROHIBITED

No poultry or fowls shall be kept or slaughtered for the purpose of sale either at wholesale or retail within or without the boundaries of the City.  A violation shall consist of operation after a written notice of desist which shall be served by the Chief of Police or his designee upon the person in charge of such business.  (Ord. No. 2011-35 §§1–2, 11-14-11)

Pacific  Website

Chickens permitted only in areas zoned “NU” for non-urban uses.

SECTION 205.010:     ANIMALS AND FOWL PROHIBITED

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or harbor any sheep, goat, cow, horse or any member of the swine species of animals or poultry or fowl species within the City, except within the areas zoned “NU” for non-urban uses.  (Rev. Ords. 1910 §153; CC 1976 §6-5; Ord. No. 1301 §1, 2-17-81; Ord. No. 2112 §1, 7-20-99)

SECTION 205.020:     ANIMALS AND FOWL AT LARGE PROHIBITED

A.     Animals at Large Prohibited.  It shall be unlawful for the owner or any person having under his charge any animal of the species of horse, mule, ass, cattle, swine, sheep or goat to permit the same to run at large in the City.

B.     Fowl at Large Prohibited.  It shall be unlawful for any person owning, raising or controlling any hens, pullets, roosters, turkey hens, gobblers, ducks, drakes, pigeons, geese or other poultry or fowl whatsoever to allow or permit the same to run at large in the City.  (Ord. No. 353 §1, 5-7-18; Ord. No. 431 §1, 2-3-26;  CC 1976 §6-1–6-2)

Pagedale  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.200:     RAISING OR KEEPING LIVESTOCK PROHIBITED

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to raise, provide shelter or keep cattle, horses, sheep, ponies, goats, poultry, fowl or any type of livestock within the City limits of the City of Pagedale.  (CC 2000 §205.170; Ord. No. 1005 §§1–2, 3-11-93)

Pasadena Hills  Website

Prohibitions not specifically mentioned.  Check zoning.

SECTION 210.223: NOISES PROHIBITED

A. The creation of any unreasonably loud, disturbing, raucous or unnecessary noise in the City is hereby prohibited.
B. The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing, raucous and unnecessary noises in violation of the preceding Subsection, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
2. Radio, phonograph, etc., and animals and fowl.  The playing of any radio, music player such as a boom box, tape cassette, disc player, television, audio system or musical instrument or the keeping of any animal, bird or fowl which causes frequent or long-continued noise in a manner or at a volume which is plainly audible to persons one hundred (100) feet or more away from the source of the noise. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit an otherwise lawful public concert or public performance.

SECTION 215.020: CONDITIONS AND ACTS WHICH CONSTITUTE A NUISANCE

The following conditions, acts and business operations are hereby declared to be nuisances affecting public health:
7. The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City where the keeping of such animals is not permitted or in any unclean or filthy pen, shed or other enclosure.

Pasadena Park  Website

No ordinances found.

Pine Lawn  Website

No ordinances found.

Richmond Heights    Website

5 chickens allowed.  1 non crowing rooster under 1 year of age allowed.  Annual permit required for 3 years.  $25 fee.  Coop restrictions apply.

SECTION 210.332:     POULTRY

The keeping of up to five (5) chickens in total shall be permitted as provided in this Section only in single-family residences and only if a permit has been issued by the City Manager or his or her designee.  A permit to keep not more than five (5) chickens shall be issued by the City Manager or his or her designee if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

1.     The chickens must be adequately confined within a coop or pen surrounded by wire netting or other fence to prevent their escape therefrom and kept in good repair and free of peeling paint, untreated or rotted wood and rust;

2.     The pen shall be maintained in a ventilated, safe and sanitary condition, which has adequate space for humane treatment and free from predators;

3.     Any manure or other waste from the chickens shall be collected and properly removed from the premises or tilled into the soil on the premises promptly and regularly to prevent the spreading of offensive smells or diseases;

4.     Young roosters less than one (1) year old may also be kept as part of the total of five (5), but the keeping of young roosters that crow so as to be heard from a distance of ten (10) feet is strictly prohibited;

5.     No slaughtering of any chickens shall be allowed except within a fully enclosed premise completely blocked from public view;

6.     No person shall keep chickens in any manner so as to create a nuisance as defined in our ordinances;

7.     Eggs may not be sold on the premises;

8.     Chicken coops or pens must be at least forty (40) feet from any part of a residential dwelling or place of business on adjoining properties;

9.     Chicken coops or pens must be set back at least twenty (20) feet from any boundary or property line, or at least twenty-five percent (25%) of width of the property;

10.     Chicken coops or pens may only be kept in a rear yard;

11.     Fighting or aggressive birds may be not kept;

12.     The keeping of chickens pursuant to a permit issued under this Section shall also comply with all ordinances of the City;

13.     Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to preclude the enforcement of any violation of any City ordinances committed in connection with the keeping of chickens, notwithstanding the issuance of such permit; and

14.     By applying for a permit under this Section the property owner authorizes City Officials at all reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to enter upon and inspect the property with respect to which such permit is applied for to determine whether the keeping of chickens violates this Section or any other applicable ordinances.

15.     The annual fee for a permit shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to help defray costs of inspection and enforcement, payable on issuance of the permit and on January first (1st) of each year.  After completion of three (3) years with a permit and with no violations of this Section, no annual fee shall be required so long as there are no violations of this Section, and the permit shall remain in effect until revoked.

16.     The City Manager shall ensure that the permit owner acknowledges in writing that the owner has been advised by the City:

a.     That the ordinance allowing chickens may be amended or repealed at any time and that the owner acquires no vested rights to have or raise chickens by virtue of the issuance of the permit; and

b.     That the keeping and handling of chickens may cause health hazards and that adequate health precautions are the responsibility of the owner.

17.     Upon written application, variances from the requirements of this Section may be granted by the City Manager, or his or her designee, if there are practical difficulties in compliance and proof of notice of the variance application is sent to all adjoining property owners.  Requests for variances from the provisions of subparagraphs (8) and (9) above shall be accompanied by a written consent by all adjacent property owners directly affected by any encroachment.  (Ord. No. 5189 §1, 12-5-11)

SECTION 210.334:     REVOCATION OF PERMITS TO KEEP CHICKENS

A.     The City Manager or his or her designee shall revoke any permit issued for the keeping of chickens for violation of any of the conditions stated in this Chapter or if any of the following conditions are found to exist:

1.     Excessive noise created by the chickens is audible from adjacent property.

2.     The chickens are not kept in safe and sanitary condition.

3.     The chickens are not properly confined.

4.     The keeping of the chickens creates a nuisance.

B.     Actions To Be Taken.

1.     If a complaint is filed regarding a violation of any of the conditions stated in this Chapter, or in the absence of a complaint in the discretion of the City Manager or his or her designee, an investigation of any potential violations shall be made by the City Manager or his or her designee.  If the investigation substantiates the existence of a violation of such conditions, a letter shall be sent by regular mail to the property owner notifying the property owner of such violation and that same shall be corrected within not less than five (5) days and that such property owner shall be responsible for notifying the City Manager or his or her designee by certified mail, or other reasonable methods approved by the City Manager, that such violations have been corrected and seeking a re-inspection to verify that such violations have been corrected. In the event the property owner shall fail to notify the City Manager or his or her designee of such correction within five (5) days or in the event that a re-inspection does not verify such correction, the permit shall be revoked.

C.     Permit revocations under this Section may be appealed as follows:

Appeals must be filed within five (5) days after the revocation notice is mailed by regular mail or other methods as designated by the City Manager.

a.     Appeals shall be determined following a hearing before the City Manager or his or her designee.

b.     At least five (5) business days’ notice of the hearing shall be given to the property owner by regular mail.

c.     The property owner and any other interested party may appear at the hearing and testify and present evidence concerning the conditions giving rise to the revocation.

D.     The permittee shall provide the City with an electronic mail or messaging address, if available, and the City may also send any notices to such address, but the responsibility to receive such message shall be on the permittee.  (Ord. No. 5189 §1, 12-5-11)

Riverview    Website

8 chickens allowed.  Annual permit required. $15 fee.  Must notify neighbors.

SECTION 240.200:     DOMESTIC ANIMALS PROHIBITED — EXCEPTION

A.     No person may keep upon his premises any domestic animal or fowl except as provided in this Chapter.

B.     Any person desiring to keep any chicken within the Village may file with the Village Clerk a written application for a permit, stating the location and the facilities to be provided, the size of the premises of the applicant, the number and type of each to be kept, the purpose of the keeping, and the names and telephone numbers of persons who can respond to any emergency involving the animals in the owner’s absence.  The Village Clerk shall notify all neighbors within one hundred (100) feet of the property lines of the applicant within fifteen (15) calendar days of the date of the notice of the application and inviting the neighbors to submit public comment.  Within ten (10) business days after the fifteen (15) day comment period, the Village Clerk shall decide whether the application meets the terms and conditions of this Chapter, and issue or deny the permit.  Any applicant or aggrieved neighbor within one hundred (100) feet of the property lines of the applicant may appeal the decision of the Village Clerk to the Board of Trustees, which may affirm, reverse, or modify the decision of the Village Clerk.  Each permit shall be for a term of one (1) year from the date thereof, unless sooner revoked by the Board of Trustees, or such person designated by the Board of Trustees, after a hearing.  A permit granted under this Section may be renewed for a period of one (1) year through the same procedure set forth above for an initial application.  Permits granted under this Chapter may not be transferred upon sale or gift of the property from a permitted owner to a new owner.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

SECTION 240.210:     PERMIT — FEE

Permit shall be issued by the Village Collector for a period of one (1) year upon payment of an annual fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00).  Payment of such license fee shall be in addition to the license and fee provided for in this Chapter for individual chicken licenses, if applicable.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

SECTION 240.220:     PERMIT REVOCATION — CONDITIONS AND NOTICE

A.     A registration or permit for chickens may be revoked at any time, without a hearing, if the Village determines that an infectious avian agent of potential significant co-pathogenicity, such as avian flu, is identified within the continental United States.  At such time, the owner shall take such steps as health officials of the County, State, or Federal Government instruct with regard to the quarantine or destruction of any such chicken.

B.     Except as provided in Subsection (A) above, if the holder of a registration or permit allows an unsanitary condition, or any violation of this Chapter, to exist for more than fourteen (14) calendar days after notice from the Village, then such registration or permit for any chicken may be revoked after hearing, upon a determination by the Village Clerk or his/her designee, that such chicken is being maintained in an unsanitary condition, or in violation of this Chapter, or other laws applicable to chickens.  All chickens must be disposed of or removed from the Village not more than fourteen (14) calendar days following receipt of notice of revocation after hearing, sent via certified U.S. mail, unless circumstances warrant earlier removal.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

SECTION 240.230:     REQUIRED FACILITIES — RUNNING AT LARGE PROHIBITED

A.     All chickens permitted to be kept in the Village shall be securely restrained and enclosed in a suitable shelter, chicken coop, aviary, or other outbuilding or enclosure, upon the premises of the owner, and shall not be permitted to be at large at any time.  Enclosures for chickens shall be completely enclosed, including a roof to prevent chickens from escaping the enclosure.  Such shelter, chicken coop, aviary, or other outbuilding or enclosure, and any appurtenances thereto, is to be located outside the side setback area as defined by the Village of Riverview Municipal Code and may not be nearer than fifty (50) feet to any portion of the dwelling, residence, or living quarters of persons other than their owner.

B.     Chickens are limited to parcels zoned single-family residential and with valid occupancy permits for single-family residential.  A maximum of eight (8) chickens are allowed for any single-family residence.  Areas containing any shelter, chicken coop, aviary, or other outbuilding or enclosure, and any appurtenances thereto, must either be of level grade or graded in a direction away from the property line to prevent runoff to adjacent property.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

SECTION 240.240:     MAINTENANCE OF SANITARY CONDITIONS

A.     All shelters, chicken coop, aviaries, or other outbuildings or enclosures, and any appurtenances thereto where any domestic animals permitted by the Village are kept on either a temporary or permanent basis, shall be maintained so that the premises is in a clean and sanitary condition and free from all obnoxious smells or substances; otherwise they shall be deemed to be a public nuisance.  The owner of the premises and the tenant and custodian must promptly comply with orders of the Village and/or St. Louis County Department of Health with respect to any unsanitary condition found to exist.

B.     The presence of numerous flies or the presence of fly larvae in the vicinity of any such premises, enclosures, or structures, shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises and shall constitute a public nuisance.

C.     Where manure will remain on the premises in excess of twenty-four (24) hours, a fly-proof receptacle shall be provided for containing such manure.  Any unnecessary accumulation of debris, refuse, manure, or other removable material upon any surface within any such enclosed area or premises, or within any structure used or intended to be used for the housing of permitted chickens shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

D.     Any obnoxious odor or allergen arising from any condition existing within the enclosure or within any structure used or intended to be used for the housing of permitted chickens shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

E.     All premises, enclosures, or structures used or intended to be used for the keeping or housing of any such chickens permitted by the Village shall be thoroughly cleaned and all debris, refuse, manure, or other removable material removed therefrom as often as may be necessary to effect satisfactory compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.

F.     Deceased chickens must be disposed of either through burial or incineration in accordance with County, State, and Federal regulations.

G.     All enclosures, refuse containers, and all feed containers intended for the use of chickens, as permitted by the Village, shall be constructed, maintained, and kept in such a manner as to be completely rodent-proof.  The floors of every such enclosure shall be smooth and tight, and maintained so as to prevent accumulation of filth or water or harboring of vermin thereunder.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

SECTION 240.250:     RIGHT OF ENTRY

As a condition of each permit issued herein, the Animal Control Officer, official of the Village, official of the St. Louis County Department of Health, or any other person, firm, corporation, organization, or agency with which the Village has contracted according to the provisions of this Chapter, and Police Officers, while in pursuit of a chicken at large, shall have the right of entry to any lots or lands, including those of the owner of such domestic animal, for the purpose of collecting any domestic animal found in violation of this Chapter.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

SECTION 240.260:     INTERFERENCE WITH ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

Any person who shall interfere with or obstruct a Village Official in the reasonable performance of his or her duty in apprehending any domestic animal or fowl, or investigation under this Chapter, or any person who shall refuse to deliver up his or her chicken, upon request by a proper Village Official, whenever such official has reasonable cause to believe that such chicken is unlicensed or such permit for keeping the chickens has been revoked under the provisions of this Chapter, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as hereinafter provided.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

SECTION 240.270:     PENALTY FOR VIOLATION

Any person who violates any provision of this Chapter may be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) or more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for each violation and each day or part of a day shall be considered a separate violation.  (Ord. No. 11-17 §1, 7-28-11)

Rock Hill  Website

Chickens allowed.  Must have permission from the Board of Alderman.  Cannot be a nuisance.

SECTION 210.130:     DOMESTIC ANIMALS AND FOWL — LIMIT ON NUMBER OF DOGS AND CATS

A.     No person may keep upon his/her premises any ponies, horses, mules, jennets, bulls, cows, calves, sheep, hogs, pigs, goats, mink, rabbits, skunks, ducks, geese, pigeons, chickens, turkeys, bees, including honey bees, or other domestic animals or fowl, except as approved by the Board of Aldermen.

B.     Provisions in this Section shall not apply to any premises within the City which are lawfully used primarily for and as a farm.

C.     Nothing herein shall prohibit the keeping of domestic animals and fowl, as the usual children’s pets, provided they are not a nuisance.

D.     All domestic animals, fowl and bees, while on the premises of their owner, shall be under the immediate control of their owner or custodian, or shall be securely restrained or enclosed in a suitable outbuilding or enclosure.

E.     Any building or enclosure contemplated by this Section must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition so that no offensive odors escape therefrom.

F.     No household may keep more than three (3) dogs or three (3) cats or any combination thereof greater than three (3).  (Ord. No. 1248 §1(4-11), 6-15-93)

Saint Ann  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 210.010:     KEEPING OF CERTAIN ANIMALS RESTRICTED

A.     It shall be unlawful to house or keep work animals or animals normally raised for human consumption, such as horses, mules, goats, steers, cows and chickens, within the City limits.  It shall be further unlawful to raise dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles or birds, when raised for commercial purposes or in excess quantities or to maintain a breeding place for the same, within the City limits.

Saint John  Website

No ordinances found.

Shrewsbury Website

5 hens allowed, roosters prohibited.  Annual permit required.  $20 application fee, $10 permit fee.  Coop/run restrictions apply.

Section 230.055 The Domestic, Private Raising of Chickens.

[Ord. No. 2658 §1, 3-27-2012; Ord. No. 2663 §1, 5-22-2012]

A.Definitions. For the purposes of this Section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:

ANNUAL PERMIT
A permit authorizing an individual to raise chickens domestically for private, non-commercial uses for a term beginning on January first (1st) each year and ending on December thirty-first (31st) of the following year.
CHICKEN
Female domestic members of the genus Gallus not used for slaughter, which are maintained for private, non-commercial and non-breeding use.
COOP
The entirety of the enclosure within which chickens are proposed to be maintained or actually maintained.
TEMPORARY PERMIT
A forty-five (45) day permit issued to an approved applicant for the building of a coop in accordance with the specifications set forth in said permit.

B.Authorization. No person may keep upon his/her premises any chicken except as explicitly provided for in this Section.

C.Application Process—Temporary Permit—Annual Permit Renewal.

1.

Any person owning a single-family dwelling desiring to keep any chicken within the City limits may file a written application for a temporary permit with the City Clerk. The cost of the application shall be twenty dollars ($20.00) and shall be non-refundable.

2.

The application must include a description of the location and the specific facilities to be provided with respect to the coop, the square footage of the applicant’s premises to be devoted to the proposed coop, the number of chickens to be kept within the coop, the purpose of said keeping, and the names and telephone numbers of at least two (2) persons who can respond to any emergency involving the chickens in the owner’s absence.

3.

The application must additionally include a drawing illustrating the applicant’s property lot bounds and dimensions, and its existing buildings and accessory structures along with their respective dimensions and site orientation. Furthermore, the application must include a description of the coop’s dimensions, structure, and materials along with a drawing depicting the orientation of the coop footprint in relation to the side property lines, the rear property line, the primary building’s footprint, and distance to any portion of any nearby dwelling, residence or living quarters of persons other than the applicant.

4.

Upon receipt of the application, the City Clerk or his or her designee will review the application to determine its compliance with the provisions of this Section and will issue or deny the temporary permit to begin building the coop. Any denied applicant may appeal the decision of the City Clerk or his or her designee to the Board of Adjustment within ten (10) business days of the City Clerk or his or her designee’s issuance of said temporary permit, which may affirm, reverse or modify the decision of the City Clerk or his or her designee. A timely appeal so lodged will stay the effectiveness of the City Clerk or his or her designee’s issuance of the temporary permit until the Board of Adjustment renders its decision.

5.

Upon receiving the temporary permit, the applicant must build the coop according to the guidelines specified within this Section within forty-five (45) days, unless a stay is entered as contemplated in Section 230.055(C)(4), in which case the applicant must build the coop according to said guidelines within forty-five (45) days of the Board of Adjustment’s decision. Upon completion of the coop’s construction, the permit holder must notify the City Clerk’s office, which will schedule an inspection to be conducted by the Code Enforcement Officer of the City. If the City Clerk’s office has not received a notice of construction completion and request for final inspection within the forty-five (45) day timeframe, the temporary permit shall be considered null and void. Upon passage of the final inspection, the applicant may apply for an annual permit.

6.

The annual permit shall cost ten dollars ($10.00). Each annual permit fee shall be due and payable by January first (1st) of any given year. Annual permits granted during the year will be subject to renewal on January first (1st) and will not be pro-rated.

7.

All annual permit fees provided for in this Section shall be deemed delinquent if not paid by January first (1st). Any renewal application received after January first (1st) shall be subject to an additional twenty-five dollar ($25.00) late fee. If the renewal fee and late fee are not received by February fist (1st), the applicant will be raising chickens without a valid license and will be subject to citation and immediate removal of said animals.

8.

An annual permit may be revoked at any time, without a hearing, if the City determines in its sole discretion that an infectious avian agent of potential significant co-pathogenicity, such as avian flu, is identified within the continental United States. At such time, the owner shall take such steps as health officials of the County, State or Federal government instruct with regard to the quarantine or destruction of any such chicken or coop.

9.

Except as provided in Subsection (8) above, if the holder of an annual permit allows an unsanitary condition, or any violation of this Section to exist for more than fourteen (14) calendar days after notice from the City, then such permit for raising chickens may be revoked after hearing, upon a determination by the City Clerk or his/her designee, that said chickens or coop are being maintained in an unsanitary condition, or in violation of this Section, or other laws applicable to said chickens or coop. All chickens and coop must be disposed of or removed from the City not more than fourteen (14) calendar days following receipt of notice of revocation after hearing, unless circumstances warrant earlier removal in the sole discretion of the Board of Aldermen.

10.

Annual permits granted under this Section may not be transferred upon sale, gift, or otherwise from a permitted owner to a new owner.

D.

Lot Requirements—Required Facilities—Running At Large Prohibited.

1.

Chickens shall be limited to parcels that are zoned as single-family residential and have an occupancy permit issued for the same. A maximum of five (5) chickens shall be allowed per parcel of land. Roosters shall be prohibited.

2.

All chickens permitted to be kept in the City shall be securely restrained and enclosed in a chicken coop, upon the premises of the owner, and shall not be permitted to be at large at any time. No parcel shall house more than one (1) coop. The coop must be located in the rear yard (may not be located in the side yard) and must conform to the provisions of Subsection 405.050(A) as an accessory building in addition to the following setback provisions: it must remain a minimum of fifteen (15) feet from the side property lines and ten (10) feet from the rear property line. Areas containing any chicken coop and any appurtenances thereto must either be of level grade or graded in a direction away from the property line preventing run off to adjacent property.

3.

The coop must be located outside the side and rear setback areas as defined by the Shrewsbury Municipal Code and may not be nearer than twenty-five (25) feet to any portion of any dwelling, residence or living quarters of persons other than that of the property owner and may not be nearer than twelve (12) feet to any portion of the dwelling, residence or living quarters of the property owner. The coop may not exceed a total of forty (40) square feet of floor space (all levels combined) and may not exceed six (6) feet in height. The coop must allow a minimum of two (2) square feet of coop floor space per chicken and the coop may not exceed two (2) vertical levels.

4.

The coop shall be completely enclosed including a roof to prevent chickens from escaping the coop. Coops shall also be designed and maintained in such a way as to be impermeable to rodents, wild birds, and predators, including, but not limited to, cats, coyotes, dogs, raccoons and skunks. Coops must consist of a sound structure as determined by the City Clerk and must maintain continuity of building materials.

5.

The feed and any other food sources provided to the chickens shall be stored in predator-proof containers.

E.

Maintenance And Sanitary Conditions And Noise Pollution.

1.

All chicken coops and any appurtenances thereto where any domestic animals permitted by the City are kept on either a temporary or a permanent basis shall be maintained so that the premises is in a clean and sanitary condition and free from standing water and all obnoxious smells or substances at all times; otherwise they shall be deemed to be a public nuisance. The owner of the premises and the tenant and custodian must promptly comply with orders of the City and/or the St. Louis County Department of Health in respect to any unsanitary condition found to exist in their sole discretion.

2.

The presence of numerous flies or the presence of fly larvae in the vicinity of any such premises, enclosures or structures shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

3.

Where manure will remain on the premises in excess of twenty-four (24) hours, a fly-proof receptacle shall be provided for containing such manure. Any unnecessary accumulation of debris, refuse, manure or other removable material upon any surface within any such enclosed area or premises, or within any structure used or intended to be used for the housing of chickens shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

4.

Any obnoxious odor or allergen arising from any condition existing within the enclosure or within any structure used or intended to be used for the housing of chickens shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

5.

All premises, enclosures or structures used or intended to be used for the keeping or housing of chickens shall be thoroughly cleaned and all debris, refuse, manure or other removable material shall be removed therefrom as often as may be necessary to effect satisfactory compliance with the provisions of this Section.

6.

Deceased domestic animals and fowl must be disposed of either through burial or incineration in accordance with Federal, State, City, and County regulations.

7.

All coops, enclosures, refuse containers, and all feed containers intended for the use of chickens shall be constructed, maintained and kept in such a manner as to be completely rodent proof. The floors of every such enclosure shall be smooth and tight, and maintained so as to prevent accumulation of filth or water or harboring of vermin thereunder.

8.

If the noise level of the chickens kept on a parcel of land reaches an unreasonable degree so as to cause an unreasonable disturbance to surrounding neighbors in the sole discretion of the City Clerk, it shall constitute a public nuisance.

F.

Cruelty To Animals Prohibited. No person may ill-treat, torment or unnecessarily or cruelly beat or needlessly mutilate or kill any animal within the City, and no person may cause or procure any animal to be ill-treated, tormented, or unnecessarily or cruelly beaten or needlessly mutilated or killed.

G.

Right Of Entry For Officials And Assigns. As a condition of each annual permit issued hereunder, animal control officers, the officials of the City, the officials of the St. Louis County Department of Health, or any other person, firm, corporation, organization or agency with which the City has contracted according to the provisions of this Article, and Police Officers, while in pursuit of any chicken or other domestic animal running at large, or otherwise determining compliance with this Section shall have the right of entry to any lots or lands, including those of the owner of such domestic animal, for the purpose of collecting any domestic animal found in violation of this Section or otherwise determining compliance with this Section.

H.

Interference With Enforcement Officials. Any person who shall interfere with or obstruct a City Official in the reasonable performance of his or her duty in apprehending any domestic animal or investigation under this Section, or any person who shall refuse to deliver up his or her domestic animal or fowl, upon request by a proper City Official, whenever such official has reasonable cause to believe that such animal is unlicensed or such annual permit for keeping the animal has been revoked under the provisions of this Section, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished as hereinafter provided.

I.

Violation And Penalty. Any person found violating any provisions of this Section shall be subject to enforcement pursuant to the provisions of Section 230.230.

Sunset Hills Website

Chickens permitted.  Cannot be a nuisance.  Cannot be housed inside homes or garages.

Sec. 6-1. – Animals, fowl running at large.

It shall be unlawful for any person, owning or having charge of any animals, which shall include but not be limited to horses, mules, jennets, bulls, cows, sheep, dogs, cats, hogs or goats, or chickens or geese, or any domesticated or wild fowl of any kind, to allow the same to run at large within the corporate limits of the city.

(Ord. No. 258, § 46, 11-5-1963; Ord. No. 509, § 1, 6-5-1973)

State law reference— Authority of city to prohibit the running at large of animals, fowl, RSMo 79.400(2).

Sec. 6-2. – Animals, fowl in human dwellings.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any livestock, which shall include but not be limited to, horses, mules, jennets, donkeys, bulls, cows, calves, sheep, hogs, pigs, goats or domestic fowl within or under any building used for human habitation within the city.

(Ord. No. 258, § 48, 11-5-1963)

Sec. 6-3. – Cruelty to animals.

Except where otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to overdrive, overload, ill-treat, torture, abandon, cruelly beat or kill any dumb animal within the city limits.

State law reference— Animal abuse, RSMo 578.012.

Sec. 6-4. – Noises or nauseous odors emanating from animals.

It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having charge of any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, sheep, hog, goat, chicken, goose or any domesticated or wild animal or fowl of any kind, even though the same may be kept penned and confined within the city, to allow or permit the same to give forth or cause any loud or unusual noise or noises or to cause any ill-smelling, nauseous or obnoxious odors; provided that if such person owning or having charge of any such beast or fowl, so causing or creating any such noise or odor, shall cure, remedy and entirely alleviate such odor or noise within ten (10) days after the service of a notice served upon him by any member of the police department of the city, then, in that event no punishment shall be assessed or imposed against such person; but if such odor or noise is not cured, remedied and entirely alleviated within ten (10) days after the service of such notice, then such person shall be deemed guilty of an offense and each day such noise or odor exists after the expiration of ten (10) days from the service of such notice shall constitute a separate offense.

(Ord. No. 258, § 47, 11-5-1963)

Sec. 6-5. – Defecating on property unlawful; removal.

It shall be unlawful for any person owning or in control of any animal to permit or allow such animal to defecate upon any public property or any private property not owned by the animal’s owner unless such person shall remove immediately all feces so deposited by such animal and said person shall dispose of all feces of said animal into a waste container owned by the city and its parks or the animal’s owner or the person in control of the animal at the time of the incident.

(Ord. No. 1195, § 1, 10-24-1996; Ord. No. 1810, § 1, 9-13-2011)

Editor’s note—

Ord. No. 1810, § 1, adopted September 13, 2011, changed the title of section 6-5 from “Defecating on public property unlawful; removal” to “Defecating on property unlawful; removal.” The historical notation has been preserved for reference purposes.
Nonamendatory Ord. No. 1195, § 1, has been included herein as § 6-5 at the editor’s discretion.

Cross reference— General penalty; continuing violations, § 1-8.

Sycamore Hills  Website

No ordinances found.

Town & Country Website

“Town and Country aldermen say no to backyard chickens” Oct. 15, 2013. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article

Twin Oaks  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.020:     RAISING OR KEEPING CERTAIN ANIMALS PROHIBITED

A.     It shall be unlawful for any person within the Village to own, keep or harbor on their premises any horse, cattle, cow, swine or any similar animal.

B.     It shall be unlawful for any person within the Village to own, keep or harbor on their premises any chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl.

C.     It shall be unlawful for any person within the Village to own, keep or harbor on their premises any wild or undomesticated animal or reptile of any kind.  (Ord. No. 302 §§1–2, 10-7-09)

University City Website

7 hens, no roosters.  Annual Permit required. $50 fee.  Quarterly inspections. $25 fee.  Coop restrictions apply – must be confined.

6.04.010 – Running at large generally.

Any person owning, keeping or harboring within the city any domestic animal or fowl shall at all times keep the same within a yard, enclosure or other place surrounded by wire netting or other fence sufficient to prevent their escape therefrom, and it is unlawful to permit any such animal or fowl to run or be at large upon any public places within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to the keeping of dogs or cats.  (Prior code § 5-1)

6.04.020 – Keeping animals or fowl under certain conditions unlawful.

It is unlawful to keep, maintain or allow to remain upon any one lot, tract or parcel of ground within the city, any sheep, goats, hogs, cows, horses or fowl, excluding ducks, parrots, parakeets, canaries or any similar small bird kept as a pet and capable of being domestically caged, except where such animals are kept in the conduct of a commercial enterprise or business at locations where such a business is permitted.  (Prior code § 5-2)

6.04.025 – Chickens — Permit required.

A.     Unlawful. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or allow to remain upon any lot, tract or parcel of ground within the city a chicken, unless a permit to do so is issued as provided in this section or is allowed under Section 6.04.020 of this chapter. Any person violating any of the provisions of this subsection shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined a sum not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) per chicken that is in violation thereof.

B.     Permits. The director of public works is authorized to administer chicken permits, and to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to interpret and implement the provisions of this section to secure the intent thereof and to promote the public health, safety and general welfare. An application for a chicken permit shall be submitted to the director of public works, accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) payable to the city. No permit shall be issued for more than seven hen chickens on any platted lot or group of contiguous lots, parcels, or tracts of land, and no permit shall be issued for a rooster. A permit shall expire one year after issuance. No more than five permits shall be in effect in the city at any one time. No new permit shall be issued during a one year period, which shall commence upon the passage of the ordinance codified in this chapter.

C.     Confinement. A chicken shall at all times be safely and securely confined in a coop or other enclosure at least sixteen (16) but not more than thirty-two (32) square feet. The coop or other enclosure shall provide sufficient rain shelter and at least two linear feet of roosting space per chicken, and shall be located in the rear yard and at least ten feet from the property line. A diagram that indicates the location of the coop or other enclosure, its size and distance from the property lines and other structures on the property, shall be included with the chicken permit application. The coop or other enclosure shall be maintained in good repair, free of noxious odors, and in a clean and sanitary condition.

D.     Nuisances. No chicken shall be allowed to create a nuisance, or disturb neighboring residents due to noise, odor, damage or injury.

E.     Sale of Chickens or Eggs. No chicken kept on premises pursuant to a chicken permit or any egg produced by such a chicken shall be sold or offered for sale, including but not limited to by barter or exchange.

F.     Inspections. The director of public works or his or her designee shall inspect at least once every three months the premises where any chicken is kept, to determine whether there is compliance with this section. There shall be a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee per inspection, which the chicken permit holder shall pay to the city.

G.     Responsibility. The owner and occupant of premises where a chicken is kept, maintained or allowed to remain, and any holder of a permit for the chicken, shall be responsible for any violations of this section.  (Ord. 6652 § 1, 2006)

 

Uplands Park  Website

No ordinances found.

Valley Park Website

Chickens, no roosters, allowed in single-family residences only.  Permit required. $10 fee.  Coop restrictions apply.  No chickens inside home or garages.

SECTION 205.030:     FOWL — GENERALLY

A.     The keeping, sheltering and maintaining of any ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons or other domestic fowl on residential property or on any public place is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and is prohibited.

B.     The keeping of chickens shall be allowed on all detached single-family lots under the following conditions, restrictions, and regulations:

1.     Permits and fees.  Upon application submitted with a ten dollar ($10.00) application fee per household, the City may issue a permit if, after inspection, it is shown that the location and facilities provided comply with all regulations as set forth in this Section; however, subdivision indentures and bylaws shall take precedence over this Section and written permission of a majority of subdivision trustees must accompany an application if applicant resides in a subdivision with trustees.

2.     Chickens allowable.

a.     No chickens shall be allowed in multi-family complexes, including condominiums, apartments, and duplexes.

b.     No roosters shall be allowed.

3.     Enclosure/containment requirements.

a.     Chickens are not permitted to run at large.

b.     Chickens may not be kept inside the habitable areas of the dwelling.

c.     A coop with a roof must be provided with a minimum square footage of three (3) square feet per bird.  Design and construction of coop is to be reviewed and approved by the City.  An outdoor pen must be provided.

d.     A pen must not be located indoors, including in a garage, basement, cellar or accessory structure.  It may not be located in the front yard.

e.     An outdoor coop used exclusively for chickens will not count towards the maximum number of accessory structures allowed.

4.     Maintenance of sanitary conditions.

a.     All shelters, chicken coops, aviaries or other outbuildings, any appurtenances thereto where any domestic animals permitted by the City are kept on either a temporary or a permanent basis shall be maintained so that the premises are in a clean and sanitary condition and free from all obnoxious smells or substances; otherwise they shall be deemed to be a public nuisance.  The owner of the premises and the tenant and custodian must promptly comply with orders of the City and/or the St. Louis County Department of Health in respect to any unsanitary condition found to exist.

b.     The presence of numerous flies or the presence of fly larvae in the vicinity of any such premises, enclosures or structures shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

c.     Where manure will remain on the premises in excess of twenty-four (24) hours, a fly-proof receptacle shall be provided for containing such manure.  Any unnecessary accumulation of debris, refuse, manure or other removable material upon any surface within any such enclosed area or premises, or within any structure used or intended to be used for the housing of permitted domestic animals shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

d.     Any obnoxious odor or allergen arising from any condition existing within the enclosure or within any structure used or intended to be used for the housing of permitted domestic animals shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance of the premises, and shall constitute a public nuisance.

e.     All premises, enclosures or structures used or intended to be used for the keeping or housing of any such domestic animals permitted by the City shall be thoroughly cleaned and all debris, refuse, manure or other removable material removed therefrom as often as may be necessary to effect satisfactory compliance with the provisions of this Article.

f.     Deceased domestic animals and fowl must be disposed of either through burial or incineration in accordance with Federal, State, and County regulations.

g.     All enclosures, refuse containers, and all feed containers intended for the use of domestic animals and fowl permitted by the City shall be constructed, maintained and kept in such a manner as to be completely rodent-proof.  The floors of every such enclosure shall be smooth and tight, and maintained so as to prevent accumulation of filth or water or harboring of vermin thereunder.

5.     Distance regulations.

a.     Outdoor pens, unless part of a boundary fence and coop, shall be situated a minimum of ten (10) feet from the property line.

b.     Pen and coop design, materials and screening shall be subject to City approval for design, materials and location.

6.     Slaughtering.  Any slaughtering of chickens shall not be visible on premises.

7.     Miscellaneous regulations.

a.     No chickens are to be bred for sale or sell any of their by-products.

b.     Chicken feed must be stored in rodent-proof containers.

8.     Right of entry.  As a condition of each permit issued hereunder, the Animal Control Officer, official of the City, official of the St. Louis County Department of Health, or any other person, firm, corporation, organization or agency with which the City has contracted according to the provisions of this Article, and Police Officers, while in pursuit of a domestic animal or fowl running at large outside their property, shall have the right of entry to any lots or lands, including those of the owner of such domestic animal, for the purpose of collecting any domestic animal found in violation of this Article.

9.     Interference with enforcement officials.  Any person who shall interfere with or obstruct a City Official in the reasonable performance of his or her duty in apprehending any domestic animal or fowl, or investigation under this Article, or any person who shall refuse to deliver up his or her domestic animal or fowl, upon request by a proper City Official, whenever such official has reasonable cause to believe that such animal or fowl is unlicensed or such permit for keeping the animal or fowl has been revoked under the provision of this Article, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished as hereinafter provided.

10.     Penalty for violation.  Any person who violates any provision of this Article may be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) or more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for each violation and each day or part of a day shall be considered a separate violation.  (CC 1984 §6-17; Ord. No. 298 §§1–7, 6-3-55; Ord. No. 1692 §1, 2-6-06; Ord. No. 1890 §§1–2, 5-10-12)          Cross Reference–Zoning, ch. 405.

Velda City  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 205.190: KEEPING CERTAIN ANIMALS AND FOWL PROHIBITED — EXCEPTIONS — PENALTY

A. Except as hereafter provided it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, keep or shelter any horse, mule, bull, cow, calf, sheep, hog, goat, rabbit, duck, goose, chicken, turkey, any other domesticated or wild animal, or any other domesticated or wild fowl within the corporate limits of the City. If a violation of this Section is charged in the Municipal Court, it shall not be a defense to contend or prove that said animal or said fowl was kept penned and/or kept confined.

Velda Village Hills  Website

No ordinances found.

Vinita Park  Website

No ordinances found.

Vinita Terrace  Website

No ordinances found.

Warson Woods  Website

Prohibited.

SECTION 210.010:     NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH

A.     The following are declared to be nuisances affecting health:

13.     The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.

Webster Groves Website

8 hens allowed, no roosters.  Male cockerels must be removed within 10 days of determining gender.  Permit require (3 years).  $30 inspection fee. Valid occupancy permit, single family dwelling with minimum of 5,500 square feet unimproved land.

Wellston  Website

No ordinances found.

Westwood  Website

Not specifically prohibited.  Cannot be a nuisance.  The only reference to fowls, is in the general definitions in regards to the definition of structures.

ORDINANCE 42: PROHIBITION OF LOUD NOISES

Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Westwood, St. Louis County, Missouri, as follows:
Section 1. Any person or persons, who, in this Village, shall disturb the peace of others, by violent, tumultuous or offensive conduct, or by loud and unusual noises, or by unseemly profane, obscene, or offensive language, calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, or by assaulting, striking or fighting another shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction therefore shall be fined not less than Five ($5.00) Dollars nor more than One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars.
(Ord. No. 42, 11/21/1957)

ORDINANCE 43: NUISANCES

Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Westwood, St. Louis County, Missouri, as follows:
Section 1. Any act done or suffered to be permitted by any person upon his property, or any substance or thing kept or maintained, placed or thrown on or upon any public or private place, which is injurious to the public health, and any pursuit followed or act done by any person to the injury or danger of the public, is defined to be a public nuisance.
Section 2. Any person, violating the provisions of this ordinance shall, on conviction, be fined not less than Five Dollars ($5.00) nor more than One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars for each offense, and every day said nuisance shall be continued shall be considered as a separate offense.
Section 3. Irrespective of the penalty provided in Section 2, whenever any nuisance is reported to exist, the Board of Trustees may notify the person causing or maintaining the same, or the occupant of the property on which the same shall exist, to forthwith remove same, and should said person fail to forthwith remove same within a reasonable time from the time of said notice, then the Board of Trustees may cause the same to be promptly removed and abated and thereafter make demand on the person responsible therefore for the expense incurred in such removal, and should said person refuse to pay the amount of expense so incurred and demanded, said person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall forfeit and pay to the Village a sum equal to the amount of said expenditures, together with a fine not exceeding Fifty ($50.00) Dollars.
(Ord. No. 43, 11/21/1957)

Wilbur Park  Website

Prohibited

SECTION 210.010: DECLARATION OF NUISANCES

The following are declared to be nuisances affecting health:

13. The keeping of animals or fowl in close proximity to residences, schools, hospitals, public or semi-public buildings, playgrounds, parks, and other public places, except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, farm animals and in laboratories.

Wildwood  Website

Not specifically prohibited.

Winchester  Website

Prohibited

SECTION 215.010:     NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH

A.     The following are declared to be nuisances affecting health:

13.     The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.

Woodson Terrace  Website

No ordinances found.

 

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