Brigham City allows citizens to keep and maintain chickens in most residential areas of the city. There is a permit required at the cost of $10.00, which must be renewed every two (2) years. The term "chicken" refers to the female or hen of the species. Roosters and crowing hens are prohibited. The number of chickens you may be allowed depends upon your size of lot. The minimum number of chickens is two (2) for the social wellness of the chickens. The permitted number of chickens based on the size of lot is as follows:
A predator proof coop with a minimum of 2.5 square feet per chicken shall be provided. The coop shall not be larger than 200 square feet and shall be located in the back yard. If the lot is a corner lot the coop shall not be within 20 feet of the side yard setback. There shall also be an enclosed run with a minimum of 5 square feet per chicken. Chickens are not allowed to run or roam free outside of a fenced area. All coops and runs shall be kept clean and free from objectionable odor.
The keeping of residential chickens cannot be used for a business or monetary gain, including the sale of eggs. No slaughtering of chickens can take place on the premises at any time. Dead chickens and unused eggs must be removed and disposed of within 24 hours.
A permit may be revoked where a complaint is made to the City about noise, odor or other violation(s) as verified by the City Animal Control Officer, if the owner of the property fails to mitigate the noise, odor of other violation. Any violation of the ordinance shall be considered a Class C Misdemeanor.
As part of the ordinance, each chicken owner is required to read these supplemental educational materials:
Basics For Raising Backyard Chickens - Housing Backyard Chickens - Considerations in Raising Small Flocks - Handling Baby Poultry - Protecting Your Investment.