Policy Summary

Allows for and creates regulations and permitting process for keeping of hens for egg production for personal use in certain residential zones. Allows up to four hens, which must be kept in a coop (which can also have an attached fenced in area). Slaughtering on the property is not allowed. Chickens or eggs may be sold from the property if a conditional permit is obtained.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Black Earth
Jurisdiction Type Other, .
Population Size Under 5,000 People
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
Applies only to R-1 and R-2 Family Residential Districts. § 100-9 (A).
Food System Category Grow;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Law includes "public health requirements." including the need to keep chickens in a "sanitary manner to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among birds, animals or to humans . . . ." § 100-9 (D).

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 100-9 (A) (7) and (8).

Addresses implementation?

The law states how the Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer should administer the permitting application/process. § 100-9 (B).

Enforcement provisions?

"Violations shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 1-4 of the Village Code of Ordinances." § 100-9 (B) (4).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Section 100-9 (Keeping of Chickens) is found in Article III (Restrictions on Keeping of Dogs, Cats and Other Animals) in Chapter 100 (Animals) in Title II (General Legislation). History: Added 3-1-2016 by Ord. No. 07-01-2015.


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