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Urban chickens provide you with fresh eggs that you gather right in your own backyard. Many local municipalities now allow hens to be kept in city limits upon successful completion of the Backyard Chicken Workshop class at Indian Creek Nature Center.
Learn the basics required to safely and successfully raise chickens in urban and suburban areas. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, enabling them to receive a permit to legally keep chickens in Cedar Rapids, Marion, and other neighboring communities.
The Urban Chicken Ordinance Chapter 23A makes provisions for keeping chickens within city limits, which means residents will be allowed to raise, harbor or keep hens on single family dwelling properties with a valid permit for one year. The annual permit fee will be $25.00 payable directly to the City upon application.
Urban Chicken permit applications are available at the Building Services Division, located at the City Services Center at 500 15th Avenue SW.
All applicants will be required to provide notice to residents of all immediately adjacent dwellings of the applicant’s intent to obtain a permit. In addition, all applicants will be required to complete an approved class hosted by the Indian Creek Nature Center about raising chickens in an urban setting.
This new ordinance restricts the number of chickens to six per tract of land regardless of how many dwelling units are on the tract. Only female chickens (hens) are allowed. All hens must be tagged at all times for identification purposes. These tags will be provided by the City of Cedar Rapids when the permit application is approved.
The keeping of no more than six (6) chickens for use on single-family detached residential property for the benefit of the owners of said property is not considered agriculture for the purposes of this ordinance.
The City Clerk/Administrator shall issue a permit if the following requirements have been met:
The city allows residents to have hens or ducks per Chapter 55A of the Marion Municipal Code. A permit is required to keep hens or ducks.
A maximum number of six (6) hens or ducks are allowed per parcel of land; however, the square footage requirement of the enclosure must be met. Each chicken or duck must have a leg band with the provided permit number. Chicken and ducks must have their wings appropriately clipped to prevent them from flying.
The following list of enclosure requirements is NOT a comprehensive list. Refer to Chapter 55A of the Marion Municipal Code for a comprehensive list.