City of Woodbury, NJ
Gloucester County
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[Adopted 2-23-2016 by Ord. No. 2243-16; amended in its entirety 2-27-2018 by Ord. No. 2278-18]
The keeping of backyard chicken hens is hereby authorized. Keeping of backyard chicken hens shall be permitted in the City of Woodbury subject to the rules and regulations as specified in this article. Roosters shall not be permitted.
A. 
Residents of single-family homes or residents of twin homes or row homes which meet the criteria set forth in this section shall be permitted to keep backyard chicken hens strictly in accordance with the provisions of this section.
B. 
There shall be a limit of six chickens permitted for the first 4,000 square feet of lot size with one additional chicken for each 1,000 square feet of lot size capped at a maximum of 12 chickens. No roosters shall be permitted.
C. 
The coop and enclosed run shall be kept at least 15 feet from the habitable portion of the neighboring residential dwelling. The minimum five-foot side and rear yard setback shall be maintained as a buffer with maintained lawn or landscape vegetation. Runoff waste on adjacent properties shall not be permitted. Garages, attached or otherwise, and accessory buildings shall not be considered a residential dwelling for purposes of calculating the required distance.
D. 
Chickens may roam outside of the coop area in the back yard suitably fenced to keep them contained provided that a responsible resident is present the entire time.
E. 
The keeping of chickens shall be limited to the rear yard as defined by this article.
A. 
No person shall keep chickens on their property without first obtaining a license from the municipal clerk's office and paying the required fee therefor. No license shall be issued unless the applicant therefore has demonstrated compliance with all criteria set forth in this Article III. Every license issued pursuant to this article shall expire annually on March 1.
B. 
A license fee of $10 shall be paid for each license issued pursuant to this article.
C. 
Each applicant wishing to keep backyard chickens shall be required to take a class approved by the Chicken Advisory Board on the basics of raising backyard chickens. Proof of attendance must be presented with the completed application. The City will provide such a class at a nominal fee upon request, if no other approved classes are available, for anyone who has not previously met this requirement. The City may but shall not be required to provide more than one such class annually. The handling of this class will be the responsibility of the Chicken Advisory Board. A member of the Chicken Advisory Board will review the application with the applicant prior to final submission.
D. 
Tenants of property submitting an application must have the consent of the landlord.
The following regulations and conditions for the keeping and housing of chickens shall be complied with:
A. 
The coop shall be the appropriate size for the number of chickens and shall consist of a minimum of three square feet per chicken.
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The coop shall be dry and well ventilated with windows to admit sunlight and shall not be heated.
C. 
The housing of chickens must be the primary purpose of the structure.
D. 
The coop must be kept clean and the utilization of a tarp as a portion of the roof structure is not permitted.
E. 
The coop and enclosed run must be made predator-proof and must be surrounded by a six-foot-high fence.
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Clean water must be provided, and food must be kept in a tightly sealed rodent- and predator-proof container.
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The yard in the area where the coop is located shall be clean, free from odors, and dust abatement techniques must be utilized.
H. 
There shall be no slaughter of chickens in the City of Woodbury.
I. 
Waste shall be handled properly to prevent offensive odors or disposed in an environmentally friendly manner.
J. 
The coop must meet all of the size limitations of an accessory building as may be otherwise provided for in the Code of the City of Woodbury.
A. 
A Chicken Advisory Board consisting of five members of the community shall be formed. The Mayor shall appoint all members and designate the Chair, all of whom shall serve for a one-year term. The five members shall elect a Vice Chair and Board Secretary from the remaining members who shall also serve for a one-year term. All terms are on a calendar-year basis. The Board shall meet on regular basis and keep minutes which shall be submitted along with quarterly reports to the governing body via a City-Council-selected liaison to the Chicken Advisory Board. These reports will include any activities of the Board, as well as any complaints from residents concerning backyard chicken hens and the resolution, if any, of those complaints.
B. 
When a complaint is received by the City of Woodbury, it will be forwarded to the Board for investigation by two members of the Board. If the Board finds a violation of this article, a notice of violation will be issued by the City Code Enforcement Officer. If after 30 days, the violation has not been remedied, the City Code Enforcement Office shall be notified, so that enforcement proceedings may be implemented. The Chicken Advisory Board will assist anyone desiring to no longer keep backyard chicken hens to relocate their chickens.