Draft Ordinance Text

Draft Ordinance Text to Allow Keeping of Hens within City Limits of Pierre

Updated 8.17.2015

Proposed Ordinance to Allow the Keeping of Hens within Pierre City Limits

(Italicized text is an addition to the current ordinance)

The following changes to the City of Pierre municipal code to permit a small backyard flock of no more than six hens within the city limits of Pierre on non-agricultural land.

  1. Revise Chapter 8

Section 8-2-114.  Unlawful to keep animals or fowl within the city.

No person shall place, keep or maintain any live swine, horses, cows, goats, sheep, llamas, prairie dogs, primates, snakes, ducks, geese, chickens or other domestic fowl except Gallus gallus domesticus(domestic chickens) pursuant to Chapter 10 Article 3 Section X and except on property zoned agriculture, and in accordance with the conditions of Chapter 12, Article 4, Agricultural District, or any wild mammal, reptile or fowl which is not naturally tame or gentle, but is of a wild nature or disposition, and which because of its size, vicious nature or other characteristics would constitute a danger to human life or property if it escaped from secure quarters, within the limits of the city.

Source:  R.O. Pierre, 1957, 9.0902; Ord. No. 655, 1957; Rev. of Ord., 1990; Ord. 1357, 1994; Ord. 1376, 1996; Ord. 1378, 1996.

  1.   Revise Chapter 10 Article 3 to include

(a) The keeping of hens on any private land in the city shall not be on a scale that creates a nuisance as defined in Chapter 8 Article 2-101.

(b) Regarding keeping domestic fowl of the order Galliformes in the genus of Gallus (chickens):

  • (1) Hens may be kept on occupied residential zoning lots as defined in Chapter 12 Article 1-101 Definitions.( Para. 92) within city limits.
  • (2) A maximum of six females of Gallus gallus domesticus (domestic hens) may be kept per one or two family dwelling.
  • (3) Roosters are prohibited.
  • (4) Hens shall be provided a coop that is of sufficient size and construction to provide for their health and to protect them from predators.
  • (5) Hens must remain on their owner’s property or on  occupied residential property with the permission of the property owner. Hens must be appropriately caged when off private property.
  • (6) Coops shall be set back from residences  on adjacent property a minimum of twenty feet with a minimum of three feet from the property line.
  • (7) The occupant of the residence where hens are kept must obtain a permit from the city within 30 days of procuring hens. The fee for such permit initially will be set at $15 and shall be determined thereafter by the city annually in accordance with the standard fee schedule.  This  permit shall be valid as long as the resident is in compliance with the provisions of the ordinance and permit.
  • (8) The city may revoke the permit to keep hens of any resident found to be in violation of these provisions or any other ordinance violated as a result of keeping hens.  

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