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Goshen to begin issuing permits for urban chickens

Goshen will issue as many as 50 permits over the next two years to people who want to raise chickens in city limits.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.

GOSHEN — Urban chicken advocates wanting to raise hens in Goshen city limits can now pick up applications to be part of a new pilot program.

The city will issue up to 50 permits over the next two years to residents who apply and meet criteria set by an ordinance adopted in April allowing Goshen residents to keep up to six hens on properties in the city. Approval will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The ordinance requires residents to obtain written approval of all adjoining property owners. The birds must be kept outside in enclosures with chicken coops and a covered pen or run. The entire ordinance is posted on the city’s website.

Twenty-five residents wishing to participate in the program contacted the city immediately after the ordinance was adopted, according to the mayor’s office. They were put on a waiting list and were told that they would be contacted when the logistics of the program and the application process were finalized.

The city is aware of at least one location where residents already had chickens before the city council passed the ordinance allowing them to do so. People who already have hens and want to keep them need to go through the permitting application process.

Application forms are available at the Goshen Police Department, 111 E. Jefferson St., or may be printed from the city’s website' documents and forms page (choose police from the department drop-down menu). Completed applications should be returned to the police department with a $25 biennial registration fee.

Goshen urban chicken ordinance

Goshen urban chicken application

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.


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