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Chickens in Eureka

The following are the rules and guidlines for harboring chickens in the City of Eureka






BE IT ORDAINED by the Governing Body of the City of Eureka, Kansas, as follows

SECTION 1: Paragraph (b) of Section 1 of Article 1 of Chapter 2 of the code of the City of Eureka is hereby amended to read as follows:

            (F). (A). A person may own, keep or harbor permitted chickens within the City, subject to the following restrictions:

                    (1) The number of fowl allowed to be owned or kept on an individual lot is one animal per 500 square feet  of lot size, rounded down, but in no event                          will the total number of fowl on any lot exceed 10.

                    (2) It shall be unlawful to keep roosters within the City.

                (B) COOPS, ROOST, LAYING BOXES.

                    (1). In addition to the other requirements of this Chapter that specify standards applicable to the keeping of animals, any person who owns                           chickens shall provide a coop or other similar shelter and adequate laying boxes, and roost for the chickens. Such shelter shall be screened                                    or walled in a manner that allows the chickens to be reasonably protected from predators in a manner that allows the chickens to be                                                 reasonably protected from predators.

                    (2). The coop shall be a minimum of 2 square feet in size per chicken if the birds have fenced outdoor run, or 10 square feet per chicken if the                           birds do not have a fenced outdoor run.

                    (3). For each chicken, one roost, with a minimum size of 8 square inches, shall be required. For every three chickens, a minimum of one laying                                       box space with a minimum size of one square foot shall be required. Each laying box shall contain adequate clean bedding material such as                                   hay or other soft material.


                    (4). Coops shall be constructed in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of the City's Zoning Ordinance 3908, Article XXVII of the City                           Code. In the event that a coop qualifies as an accessory structure under that code, all requirements regarding placement and                                                    setbacks must be met. In no event will any chicken coop be located closer than six feet from any neighboring property line.

                    (5). In the event that a mobile coop is utilized, the coop shall be kept in compliance with all City ordinances that apply to the outdoor storage of                            property.

                    (6). The coop or shelter shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary fashion to prevent the unreasonable accumulation of waste or other noxious                           substances, the emanation of noxious odors, or the presence of vermin.

                    (7). Any owner seeking a permit to harbor chickens shall make application for a permit to the City Clerk. The application shall set forth the name                                 and address of the applicant, the name and address of all owners of the property where the chickens are to be harbored, the number of chickens                              to be harbored, the address where the chickens are to be harbored,   and shall be accompanied by a fee of $5.00. The permit, if issued shall be                          effective only for the calendar year in which it is issued and shall expire on December 31st of the calendar year in which the permit is issued.

                        (a). A permit shall not be issued until such time as a city official or employee shall have viewed the property referenced in the application and it is                               determined that requirements have been met.



                Please contact the city for more information at 620-583-6511, 620-583-6140 or at Memorial Hall.