Keeping of Chickens, Ordinance No. 13,605

Jurisdiction Name: Madison
State/Province: WI
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 233,209
Population Range: 50,000 to 249,999
Policy Links: PDF
Policy type: ordinance
Year: 2004
GFC Topic: community food production
Keywords: agriculture, backyard animals, backyard chickens, chickens, food production, local, local food production, urban, urban agriculture, zoning
Adopting Government Department(s):

Madison City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Support Entity(s):

Zoning Administrator. City of Madison Treasurer

Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Outcome(s):

The City of Madison began allowing chickens as an accessory use on lots with up to four dwelling units. Restrictions include the keeping of roosters and slaughter. The chickens must have a covered enclosure and be kept in the covered enclosure or fenced enclosure. It must be at least 25 feet from any residential structure on an adjacent lot. A license is required, which costs $10.

Additional Resources and Information: Link 1