Residents who live in a municipality must check with local ordinances before keeping chickens on residential property. Residents who live in a subdivision should check with their subdivision’s indentures and by-laws for regulations concerning chickens.

Use this site as a resource, but always double check with your municipality/subdivision as well. 


Ballwin

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Permit Required
  • Minimum Acreage: 2 acres
  • Comments: Must be kept in enclosed area; only one license required for each location the chickens are kept
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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.


Bella Villa

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Comments: Enclosure must be surrounded by wire netting or other fence to prevent their escape
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Section 205.100: Possession of Domestic Fowl – Maintaining An Enclosed PenIt shall be unlawful for a person, other than a veterinary hospital or pet shop, to own or keep multiple domesticated geese, ducks, chickens or turkeys within the City for commercial or resale purposes. Domestic fowl kept as pets must be adequately confined within a yard or other place surrounded by a wire netting or other fence sufficient to prevent their escape therefrom. The pen shall be maintained in a clean and wholesome manner. Any manure or other discharges from the birds shall be collected so as to prevent the spread of offensive smells or disease.


Bellefontaine Neighbors

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.

Farm: An area for the growing of vegetables, fruit trees, grain and other agricultural products, including the raising thereon of farm animals and poultry when secondary to crop raising, but not as a main use, and not including the commercial feeding of garbage or offal to swine or other animals

Sec. 29-29. R-1 single-family dwelling district (20,000 square feet) regulations.
(b) Use regulations. A building or premises located in the R-1 district shall be used only for the following purposes:
(5) Farms and truck gardening, but not commercial greenhouses or nurseries, and provided that any structure, enclosure or shelter for poultry or livestock shall be located at least one hundred fifty (150) feet from all lot lines.


Bellerive

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 Village not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.


Bel-Nor


Bel-Ridge


Berkeley

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.


Beverly Hills


Blackjack

  • # of Chickens Allowed: 6
  • Permit Required
  • Minimum Acreage: 1 acre
  • Enclosure Size: 3sf per chicken
  • Date Began Allowing: November 2012
  • Comments: only 1 of the 6 can be a rooster; owners of chickens prior to 11/2012 can have as many as they want as long as they have a permit (grandfathered); enclosure must provide shelter from rain and be located at least 10 ft from property line; sale of eggs allowed with city business license
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Breckenridge Hills

  • Chickens Not Allowed
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    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)

    FOWL: Any of several domesticated gallinaceous birds including, but not limited to, all geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, hens, roosters, ganders, gobblers;


Brentwood

  • # of Chickens Allowed: 6
  • Permit Required
  • Enclosure Size: Coop must be 4-32 sf; Pen must be 10-80 sf outdoors per chicken
  • Date Began Allowing: 5/6/2013
  • Comments: no roosters; eggs can’t be sold; coops and pens kept in rear yard 5 ft from rear property line; confined in coop and pen surrounded by wire netting or other fence to prevent escape; enclosure can’t be more than 16 ft tall; enclosure can’t be near existing structures that are 3 ft off the ground (sunrooms, patios, etc)
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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.


Bridgeton

  • # of Chickens Allowed: 15 (age 4+ months), 50 chicks (0-4 months)
  • Comments: enclosure must be at least 75 ft from house, 25 ft from property line; chickens must be kept at least 200 ft from house; ground chickens are kept on must be spaded then limed once every three months (Apr-Dec) to remove flies and insects;
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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.

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.


Calverton Park


Champ


Charlack

  • No code regarding chickens
  • Refer to St. Louis County ordinance
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  • Ordinance Code: Contacted Susie Gallagher @ City of Charlack via email on 1/30/14. Her response was: “I have searched the ordinance and I can’t find any for chickens.”


Chesterfield

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Minimum Acreage: 2 acres
  • Comments: grandfather clause: you can keep them on 1+ acre if they were there as of 2/2/09
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Sec. 5-21.  [Keeping, raising, harboring, selling of farm or wild animals.]
(a) Except for dogs, cats and non-domestic 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.


Clarkson Valley

SECTION 205.050: KEEPING, RAISING, HARBORING, SELLING OF FARM OR WILD ANIMALS
Except for dogs, cats and non-domestic 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.


Clayton

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Permit Required
  • Comments: no eggs can be sold; confined in coop or pen surrounded by wire netting or other fence and a roof to prevent escape; kept only in rear yard; coops and pen must be hidden from view by pedestrians at ground level by fence or landscaping
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SECTION 210.260 – Possession of Domestic Fowl
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.


Cool Valley


Country Club Hills


Country Life Acres


Crestwood

  • # of Chickens Allowed: 3
  • Permit Required
  • Comments: Application to keep chickens on property must be submitted to the animal control officer; must state location and facilities to be provided, size of premises, number of chickens kept, and purpose of keeping them; permit, if issued, is good for 1 year; facilities will be inspected once a year.
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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 children’s 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.


Creve Coeur

  • Chickens Allowed: 8 hens, max 12 hens
  • Minimum Acreage: 7,500+ sf total land, 5,500+ sf unimproved land
  • Enclosure Size: Wire netting/fence: 6 ft tall or less, Shelter: 12 ft tall or less and 100 sf or less
  • Comments: An additional hen is allowed for each 2,500 square feet above the minimum lot size for eligible parcels to a maximum number of twelve (12) hens. Roosters are prohibited. Must be securely kept in enclosure surrounded by wire netting or fence to prevent their escape. Enclosure must not have peeling paint, untreated/rotting wood, or rust. Located 10 ft from home/building and in rear of yard. Must be 5 ft from rear property line. Ground must be level grade and cannot have runoff into adjacent properties. No roosters.
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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.


Crystal Lake Park

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).


Dellwood

Section 215.010
13. The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the City not zoned for agricultural use except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.


Des Peres

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Minimum Acreage: 4 acres
  • Enclosure Size: 1/5 acre per chicken
  • Comments: minimum of 1/5 acre per chicken; enclosure must be 75 feet from property line; can’t be kept in or under home
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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.


Edmundson


Ellisville

  • Chickens Allowed: 4 hens
  • Permit Required
  • Enclosure Size: Coop = 3 sf per chicken, Pen = 10 sf per chicken
  • Comments: allowed on detached, single family lots; no roosters; $10 application fee and if granted, a 1 year permit; $10 to renew for 1 year (includes inspection); not allowed in multifamily complexes, condos or duplexes; 4 hens = 1 animal unit; can’t be kept it habitable areas of the dwelling; coop may be kept in garage, unfinished or non-habitable areas in basement or cellars and non-habitable accessory structures; pen must not be indoors or on side/in front of house; any coop or pen doesn’t count towards maximum accessory structures allowed; pen and coop must be 10ft from property line; must notify neighbor that you have chickens (per permit process); pen and coop design, materials and screening shall be subject to staff approval for design, materials and location; must keep feed in rat-proof containers; no chickens kept before this current law was updated/changed can be grandfathered
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SECTION 205.300 – KEEPING OF CHICKENS – ALLOWED ON ALL DETACHED SINGLE FAMILY LOTS
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

  • Chickens Allowed: 5 hens per acre; no more than 50
  • Permit Required
  • Minimum Acreage: 3 acres
  • Enclosure Size: 10,000 sf
  • Comments: allowed on single-family lots in residential zoning areas; no roosters; coops must be 50 ft from house; must be kept in a fenced enclosure; all chickens and eggs can only be used for the owners enjoyment and consumption; $25 permit fee; permit application must be accompanied by a scaled plan of the property depicting lot dimensions, proposed coop location and the proximity of coop to adjacent dwelling units on surrounding parcels; a City of Eureka Building Inspector will inspect the property to ensure initial compliance and may enter the property at any future date to ensure continued compliance
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Section 4-1. KEEPING AND HARBORING–GENERALLY
(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 Boardof 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.

Section 4-1.2. SAME–CHICKENS.
(a) Chickens may be harbored and raised as pets in the City on a lot only within single-family residential zoning districts subject to the following restrictions upon issuance of the required permit:
(1) Such activity may only be conducted on property that is not contiguous with commercially zoned property, however, such activity is allowed on property which is a minimum of three (3) acres in size irrespective of the zoning of contiguous property.
(2) Only chicken hens may be kept–no roosters.
(3) The minimum lot area on which such activity may take place is ten thousand (10,000) square feet, except as approved by the Board of Aldermen.
(4) Chicken coops must be situated a minimum of fifty (50) feet from any dwelling unit, with the exception of that of the owner.
(5) No more than six (6) chicken hens may be kept on a single lot.
(6) Chicken hens must be kept in a fenced enclosure which must remain in a clean, dry and odor-free condition at all times, however, they need not be kept in a fenced enclosure when under the direct supervision of the owner on the owner’s property.
(7) All chicken hens and eggs raised by an individual on their lot may only be used for their and their family’s personal enjoyment and consumption.
(b) To receive consideration for the harboring and raising of chickens one must submit the required permit application accompanied by a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) permit fee. If the applicant is not the owner of the property on which such activity is proposed, written authority from the owner must be provided. The permit application must be accompanied by a scaled plan of the subject property depicting lot dimensions, proposed coop location and the proximity of said coop to adjacent dwelling units on surrounding parcels.A City of Eureka Building Inspector will inspect the subject property to ensure initial compliance and mayenter the property at any future date to ensure continued compliance.


Fenton


Ferguson

  • Chickens Allowed: 6 hens
  • Permit Required
  • Minimum Acreage: 10,000 sf
  • Comments: 1 extra hen per every 10,000 sf over minimum sf of 10,000; no roosters; if property has 6 ft privacy fence surrounding property, no additional fence is required to enclose coop; can’t keep hens inside house; must be put away during non-daylight hours; all coops and pens must be in rear of property; must be 10ft from rear property line and 30 ft from dwelling; enclosure must have roof and doors and be enclosed on all sides; doors must be able to lock; enclosures that have opening windows and vents must be covered with predator and bird proof wire of less than one-inch openings; materials used in making the 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; all improvements and structures must comply with the city’s building code
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Sec. 6-16. Livestock
(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 hen houses, 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.


Flordell Hills


Florissant

  • Chickens Allowed: 4
  • Permit Required
  • Comments: must be kept in enclosure; permit is good for 3 years
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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.

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.

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.


Frontenac

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.


Glendale

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Permit Required
  • Comments: must notify homes within 200 ft of chicken enclosure and get their approval before permit allowed; permit good for 1 year; enclosure must be 30 ft away from house; no chickens allowed inside house
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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.

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.

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.

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.


Glen Echo Park


Grantwood Village

SECTION 215.010: NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH
13. The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the Village not zoned as an animal preserve except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licensed zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.


Green Park

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.


Greendale

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.

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.


Hanley Hills


Hazelwood

220.020 PUBLIC NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH DESIGNATED
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.

FARM: An area which is used for the growing of the usual farm products, such as vegetables, fruit, trees and grain, and their storage on the area and/or for the raising thereon of the usual farm poultry and farm animals, such as horses, cattle, sheep and swine. The term “farming” includes the operating of such an area for one (1) or more of the above uses with the necessary accessory uses for treating or storing the produce; provided however, that the operation of such accessory uses shall be secondary to that of the normal farming activities and, provided further, that farming does not include the feeding of collected garbage or offal to swine or other animals.


Hillsdale


Huntleigh

SECTION 215.010: 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

Sec. 23-2. Nuisance declared
(r) Horses, mules, jennets, bulls, cows, calves, sheep, hogs, goats, minks, rabbits and all other non-domestic 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.


Kinloch


Kirkwood

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Comments: chickens must remain on owner’s property; no eggs may be sold; if chickens cause any disturbances, they will be disallowed
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Contacted Betty Montano on 2/6/14: “The City of Kirkwood allows chickens and require that the poultry remains on the owner’s property.  No commercial sales of the eggs produced may take place.  We do not have a limit on the number of chickens that may be owned, however, if the chickens cause any type of disturbance, then it would be a violation under other provisions of our Code of Ordinances”

Sec. 4-6. Poultry not to run at large. Owners of poultry in the city shall keep the poultry confined upon their own premises.


Ladue

Sec. 46-25. Same—Issuance of permits.The enforcement officer is authorized to issue permits to owners or operators, when such comply with reasonable regulations and are not contrary to this Code or other ordinances of the city, for the conduct of such business and occupations to prevent the occurrence of public health nuisances which may include registration and statement of the methods or conditions to be employed in their operation or maintenance, for food vending trucks, water hauling, septic tank cleaning and disposal of water, garbage, offal and refuse disposal and hauling, dumps, the business of keeping animals, fowl or reptiles, except usual farm animals and fowl.

Per Email on 2/7/14 from Michael Wooldridge:
The City’s zoning ordinance 1175 regulates the keeping of small fowl as follows:
Section IV, A,(2)  Accessory Uses in the Residential Districts [Ord. 1595]
(a)  Uses customarily accessory to residential uses.
(b)  Living accommodations for persons employed for domestic or related services and living on the premises.
(c)  Home Occupations as defined herein.
(d)  Raising and keeping of small animals and fowl, but not on a commercial basis.


Lakeshire


Mackenzie


Manchester

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.


Maplewood

  • Chickens Allowed: 6
  • Permit Required
  • Comments: confined within yard surrounded by wire netting or fence to prevent escape; no roosters;
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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.

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 re-inspection 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 re-inspection 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.


Marlborough

Contacted Joy Drenna on 2/6/14:
“Thank you for your inquiry.  At this time the ordinance states: The following are declared to be nuisances affecting health:
13.  “The keeping of animals and fowls in any area within the Village not zoned for agricultural uses except pet cats and dogs, animals in public or licenses zoos, and farm animals in laboratories.”
Addressing this issue of domestic chickens is on the long-term objective. There is no set date for discussion at this time.”


Maryland Heights

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Minimum Acreage: 3 acres
  • Comments: chickens can only be kept on land for a farming operation or stable; No stable or shed providing shelter shall be closer than fifty (50) feet to the property line
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Contacted Joann Cova via email on 2/6/14:
“Farm. Farm animals (i.e., cows,  chickens) may be kept in conjunction with a farming operation or stable. No stable or shed providing shelter for said animals shall be closer than fifty (50) feet to the property line. In no case shall such animals be allowed on a lot of less than three (3) acres.”


Moline Acres

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.


Normandy

SECTION 205.080: 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.


Northwoods


Norwood Court


Oakland


Olivette


Overland

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.

SECTION 225.005: 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.

AGRICULTURE:  Any one (1) or any combination of the following: the growing of farm or truck garden crops, dairying, pasturage, horticulture, floriculture, viticulture or animal/poultry husbandry.  The term agriculture encompasses the farmhouse and accessory uses and structures customarily incidental to agricultural activities.


Pacific

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.


Pagedale

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.


Pasadena Hills

SECTION 215.020: CONDITIONS AND ACTS WHICH CONSTITUTE A NUISANCE
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


Pine Lawn

SECTION 220.020: NUISANCES ENUMERATED
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.

SECTION 210.070: KEEPING CERTAIN ANIMALS AND FOWL IN PLACES USED FOR HUMAN HABITATION PROHIBITED — DECLARED A NUISANCE
No person shall keep any horse, mule, jennet, bull, cow, calf, sheep, hog, goat or domesticated or wild fowl within any area used for human habitation within the City and the doing of such act is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

SECTION 210.080: NOISES AND ODORS EMANATING FROM ANIMALS AND FOWL PROHIBITED — DECLARED A NUISANCE — NOTICE TO ABATE — FAILURE TO ABATE
A. No person owning or having charge of any mule, horse, jennet, bull, cow, sheep, hog, goat, chicken, duck or goose or any domesticated or wild fowl of any kind, even though the same may be kept penned and kept confined within the City, shall allow or permit the same to give forth or cause any loud or unusual noise or noises or to cause any nauseous or obnoxious odors and the doing of any of these acts is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
B. If such person owning or having charge of any such animals or fowl so causing or creating any such noise or odor shall cure, remedy and entirely alleviate such odor or noise within five (5) days after the service of a notice to do so upon him/her by any member of the Police Department of the City, no punishment shall be assessed or imposed against such person.
C. If such noise or odor is not cured, remedied or entirely alleviated within five (5) days after the service of notice to do so, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.


Richmond Heights

  • Chickens Allowed: 6
  • Permit Required
  • Comments: includes roosters under 1 year old; must be confined in a coop or pen surrounded by wire netting or other fence to prevent escape; enclosure must not be made of untreated/rotting wood, peeling paint and rust; eggs can’t be sold on the premises; no slaughtering in public view; coops or pens must be 40 ft from surrounding dwellings, 20 ft from boundary/property line and must be kept in rear of the yard; annual permit fee is $25, but after 3 years of having a permit and no violations, annual fee is not required
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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;


Riverview

  • Chickens Allowed: 8
  • Permit Required
  • Comments: before permit is given, neighbors within 100 ft are invited to make a public comment; annual permit costs $15; Enclosures shall be completely enclosed, including a roof to prevent chickens from escaping; enclosure must 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; limited to parcels zoned single-family residential; feed containers must be rodent proof; Ground must be level grade and cannot have runoff into adjacent properties.
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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.


Rock Hill

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.

220.010 Nuisances
9. The keeping of any domestic animal such as a horse, mule, jennet, donkey, bull, cow, calf, sheep, hog, pig, goat, or domestic fowl within or under any building used for human habitation.


Shrewsbury

  • Chickens Allowed: 5
  • Permit Required
  • Enclosure Size: max 40 sf floor space, 6 ft tall; 2 sf per chicken; max 2 vertical levels
  • Comments: application is $20, annual permit is $10; no roosters; limited to parcels that are zoned as single-family residential; must be kept in coop and only one coop is allowed on property; must be located in rear yard; must be 15 ft from side property lines, 10 ft from rear property lines; Ground must be level grade and cannot have runoff into adjacent properties; must be 25 ft away from neighboring dwellings and 12 ft from dwelling on property; feed containers must be rodent-proof; coop must maintain continuity of building materials; can’t be located within 3 ft of interior lot line and not nearer than 5 ft of rear lot line and not closer than 10 ft to main building or neighboring lots
  • City Website
  • Ordinance Code


St. Ann

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Permit Required
  • Enclosure Size: 80 sf minimum
  • Comments: one enclosure totaling 80 sf or less = 100 ft or less from property line; 2 enclosures totaling 80+ sf = 100 ft from property line
  • City Website
  • Ordinance Code:

SECTION 210.191: GROUND FEEDING OF ANIMALS AND FOWL PROHIBITED
A.     Except as otherwise provided by City ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person to feed any animal or fowl by throwing, placing or spreading any food, feed or other substance to be consumed by any such animal or fowl on the ground, street, driveway, parking lot, sidewalk or any other premises within the City.
C.     Animal Feeders.  This Section shall not apply to any person feeding animals or fowl by means of any feeder or other manufactured device located at least two (2) feet above ground level.

SECTION 210.250: ANIMAL PENS
Any person proposing to provide an animal pen shall obtain a permit from the Director of Building and Zoning.  Such pen shall consist of a six (6) foot high chain link fence enclosure, with or without a chain link top, having exterior dimensions not exceeding one hundred (100) square feet and a concrete slab, three and one-half (3½) inches thick, which shall be located only within a rear yard and at least five (5) feet from all property lines.  All animal pens shall be cleaned daily.

SECTION 210.330: LICENSE–REQUIRED
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring into, send into, receive into, buy, sell or possess in the City a non-domestic animal without first applying for and obtaining a license from the Animal Control Officer.  No license shall be required for the uninterrupted transportation of non-domestic animals through the City.


St. George

  • Chickens Allowed
  • City is part of Unincorporated St. Louis County as of 11/2011
  • Comments: may not sell eggs
  • City Website (not an official site)
  • Ordinance Code:

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. Residents who live in a municipality must check with local ordinances before keeping chickens on residential property. Residents who live in a subdivision should check with their subdivision’s indentures and by-laws for regulations concerning chickens. (SLCRO 611.210 Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens and Other Animals Creating a Nuisance–Prohibited)


St. John

SECTION 235.130: RAISING CERTAIN ANIMALS PROHIBITED
The raising or keeping of cattle, horses, sheep, ponies, goats, poultry, fowl or any type of livestock within the corporate limits of the City of St. John is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and is prohibited.


Sunset Hills

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.

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.

Definitions:1.23 Farm:
An area which is used for the growing of the usual farm products such as vegetables, fruit, trees and grain, and their packing or storage on the area, as well as for the raising thereon of the usual farm poultry and farm animals, such as horses, cattle, sheep and swine. The term “farming” includes the operating of such an area for one (1) or more of the above uses, including dairy farms, with the necessary accessory uses for packing, treating or storing produce, provided, however, that the operation of any such accessory uses shall be secondary to that of the normal farming activities, and provided further that farming does not include the commercial feeding of garbage or offal to swine or other animals.


Sycamore Hills

Spoke to trustee Tom Greta on 3/12 and he provided the following: 205.140 – Ordinance #83 adopted November 8 1955 – most animals (except cats and dogs) are not allowed.


Town & Country

Contacted City Clerk Ashley McNamara on 3/12/14 and she provided the following: Currently chickens are not allowed in Town & Country. Back in September and October of 2013 this matter went before the Planning & Zoning Commission as well as the Board of Aldermen and ultimately it was decided that the municipal code would not be amended to allow chickens.


Twin Oaks

SECTION 205.020: RAISING OR KEEPING CERTAIN ANIMALS PROHIBITED
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.


University City

  • Chickens Allowed: 7 hens
  • Permit Required
  • Enclosure Size: 16-32 sf; 2 sf roosting space per chicken
  • Comments: no roosters; application for permit costs $50; permit expires every year; no more than five permits at one time; eggs can’t be sold but may be bartered or exchanged; 2 sf roosting space per chicken; enclosure/coop must provide rain shelter and be located in the rear yard at least 10 ft from property line; inspections every 3 months and $25 fee for each inspection
  • City Website
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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.


Uplands Park


Valley Park

  • Chickens Allowed
  • Permit Required
  • Enclosure Size: 3 sf per chicken
  • Comments: no roosters; $10 application fee; not allowed in multi-family complexes; enclosure not allowed indoors or in front yard; outdoor coop doesn’t count toward accessory structures; enclosures and feed containers must be rodent proof; enclosure must be at least 10 ft from property line; enclosure construction must be approved by city before being allowed
  • City Website
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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.


Velda City

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


Vinita Park

  • Chickens Allowed: 15 (age 4+ months), 50 (0-4 months)
  • Comments: enclosure must be at least 75 ft from neighboring buildings; ground where chickens are kept must be spaded every 3 months between April-December; enclosure must be dry at all times on the inside; chickens must be kept at least 200 ft from neighboring buildings
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SECTION 205.340: SMALL ANIMAL 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 any way used by human beings, other than the dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper or 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.

SECTION 205.350: CONDITIONS OF ENCLOSURES — NUMBER OF ANIMALS
A.     Odors.
Every coop, dove tote, 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 fly tight 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 Enclosures.
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 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.


Vinita Terrace


Warson Woods

SECTION 210.010: 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.


Webster Groves

  • Chickens Allowed: 8, max of 12 (1 add’l chicken for each add’l 2500 sf)
  • Permit Required
  • Minimum Acreage: 7,500+ sf or 5,500+ sf of unimproved land
  • Comments: After permit is submitted, City Clerk will notify neighbors within 100 ft of the property line to submit comments for or against the application; permit is good for 3 years and may be renewed 3 times (total of 9 years?); enclosure must be kept outside and in the backyard; may not be closer than 50 ft to neighboring buildings; limited to parcels zoned single family residential; chickens must be kept on lots larger than 7,500 sf or 5,500 sf of unimproved land area; chickens kept on lots less than 7,500 sf or 5,500 sf unimproved land are prohibited except through a variance approved by the Health & Environmental Services Advisory Board; 8 chickens allowed for lots that are 7,500 sf or greater; additional chicken is allowed for each additional 2,500 sf with a max of 12 chickens; area where enclosure is kept must be level grade or graded in a direction away from the property line preventing run off to adjacent properties
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  • Ordinance Code:

Section 33.205. Definitions.
For the purposes of this article, the word:“Domestic Animal” or “Fowl” shall mean any animal or fowl trained or adapted to live in a human environment and be of use to humans, but shall include neither dogs and cats regulated in Article I of this Chapter, nor common household pets typically and legally sold in pet stores and kept by members of the public at large and excluding all animals defined in Article IV below.“Chicken” shall mean female domestic members of the genus Gallus gallus not used for slaughter, which are maintained for private, non-commercial and non-breeding use.

Section 33.210. 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 or goat within the City may file with the City 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 City Clerk shall notify all neighbors within one hundred (100) feet of the property lines of the application and invite the neighbors to submit comments for or against the application to the office of the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of the date of the notice. Within ten (10) business days after the fifteen (15) day comment period, the City Clerk shall decide whether the application meets the terms and conditions of Article III 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 City Clerk to the Health and Environmental Services Advisory Board, which may affirm,reverse or modify the decision of the City Clerk. Each permit shall be for a term of three (3) years from the date thereof, unless sooner revoked by the City Manager or such person designated by the City Manager, after a hearing.A permit granted under this section may be renewed for a period of three (3) years through the same procedure set forth above for an initial application.Permits granted under this Article may not be transferred upon sale or gift from a permitted owner to a new owner.

Section 33.220. Required Facilities; Running at Large Prohibited.
a. All chickens permitted to be kept in the City 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 Webster Groves Municipal Code and may not be nearer than fifty feet to any portion of any dwelling, residence or living quarters of persons other than their owner.
b. Chickens are limited to parcels zoned single family residential and with occupancy permits for single family residential. Chickens for lots less than seven thousand five hundred(7,500) square feet or with less than five thousand five hundred (5,500) square feet of unimproved land area are prohibited except through a variance approved by the Health and Environmental Services Advisory Board. Eight (8) chickens are allowed for lots seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet or greater. An additional chicken is allowed for each two thousand five hundred (2,500) additional lot square footage to a maximum number of twelve(12) chickens. 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 run off to adjacent property.c. No domestic animal or fowl shall be permitted to run at large within the City.


Wellston


Westwood


Wilbur Park

SECTION 210.010: DECLARATION OF NUISANCES
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

Section 415.030 DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Any domesticated animal, such as cattle, horses, llamas, goats, sheep, fowl or hogs, which is authorized as part of a permitted farming or related agricultural activity within the subject zoning district designation where the property is located.


Winchester

SECTION 220.080: COMMISSIONER TO ISSUE CERTAIN PERMITS — WHEN
The Commissioner is authorized to issue permits to owners or operators when such comply with reasonable regulations for the conduct of such business and occupations to prevent the occurrence of public health nuisances which may include registration and statement of the methods or conditions to be employed in their operation or maintenance for food vending trucks, water hauling, septic tank cleaning and disposal of water, garbage, offal and rubbish disposal and hauling, dumps, the business of keeping animals or fowl or reptiles, except usual farm animals and fowl.

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.


Woodston Terrace


Unincorporated

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. Residents who live in a municipality must check with local ordinances before keeping chickens on residential property. Residents who live in a subdivision should check with their subdivision’s indentures and by-laws for regulations concerning chickens. SLCRO 611.210 Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens and Other Animals Creating a Nuisance–Prohibited
Contact: St. Louis County Department of Health, Vector and Veterinary Control Division(314) 615-1630


City of St. Louis

10.20.010 Definitions.
C. “Domestic animal” means a dog or cat, including any puppy or kitten, which is more than six weeks old.
E. “Farm animal” means any cattle, sheep, goat, swine, except for Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pigs which may be kept pursuant to Section 10.20.015 of this part.

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.

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.

10.20.015 Keeping of certain animals prohibited.
A. No person shall raise or keep within the City of St. Louis any roosters, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, except for Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. Nor shall any person raise or keep within the City of St. Louis any canine which is the offspring of the mating of a domestic canine with a wolf or coyote. The raising of such animals is hereby declared to be a public nuisance. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the above specified animals may be raised or kept within biological laboratories, hospitals, slaughter houses, stockyards, zoological gardens, or an itinerant or temporary show.
C. No person shall raise or keep chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, peafowl or rabbits within the City, and the raising or keeping thereof is declared a public nuisance; except that such animals may be raised or kept within biological laboratories, hospitals, pet shops, slaughter houses, stockyards, zoological gardens, or itinerant or temporary shows; and except that such animals may be raised or kept where not more than four in the aggregate of all animals, including domestic animals and a pot-bellied pig, are kept as pets within any one parcel of property unless the owner obtains a noncommercial kennel permit.