Feeding the Locavores, One Chicken at a Time: Regulating Backyard Chickens
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
March 1, 2011
Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 34, No. 3, p. 1, March 2011
Albany Law School Research Paper No. 46
As the local and regional food shed movement and the urban agriculture movement continue to grow, uses once considered only found on the rural farm are now finding their ways into urban and suburban communities. As a result, municipalities across the country are now facing the challenge of regulating the keeping of chickens in residential districts. From nuisance law to zoning regulations addressing the number of hens that may be kept on parcels, whether roosters are allowed, the size and location of coops and other issues, this article reviews the rapidly developing trends in this area of land use law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: chickens, urban agriculture, zoning, land use, backyard chickens, hens, roosters, locavore, nuisance law
JEL Classification: K11Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 3, 2011 ; Last revised: July 23, 2013
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