Can I Have Chickens or a Beehive?

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It is possible for you to own chickens or a beehive in Midvale City however an Administrative Constitutional Use Permit (Administrative C.U.P.) must be obtained before doing so. Before a permit can be obtained please verify that your property is a least one-half of an acre in size. An Administrative Conditional Use Permit will not be granted for properties smaller than one-half of an acre. It is also important to make sure you read and understand Ordinance 17-7-1.

 If you are eligible to apply for an Administrative C.U.P. then here is a list of items you will be required to submit upon application:

-Fee ($75 + Postage) and application.
-Property owner’s affidavit and agent authorization.
-List of all property owners and one set of mailing labels for all property owners within 300 feet of the subject property along with applicable postage. This information is available and must be obtained at the Salt Lake County Recorder’s office located at 2001 South State Street, Room N1600. No hand written labels please.
-Site plan, including the following:

o Accurate dimensions of subject property drawn to scale with north arrow;
o Location of existing and proposed buildings, parking areas, landscape areas, sidewalk, curb and gutter, etc;
o Location of existing property features such as streets, canals, hillsides, etc;
o Submit one reduced copy of the site plan in either an 8½” x 11” or 11” x 17” format; and
o If a new building or exterior remodel, please submit all building elevations.


Ordinance 17-7-1.

h. Chickens. Subject to the requirements of this section and any other applicable provision of this code, hen chickens (and no roosters or other types of fowl) regardless of age, in the amount set forth below, may be kept on a lot or parcel of land for the sole purpose of producing eggs.

i. The number of hen chickens which may be kept shall be limited based on the size of the lot or parcel as follows:

(A) Lots with at least one-half acre: up to eight.

(B) Lots with at least ten thousand square feet: up to five.

(C) Lots with at least seven thousand square feet: up to three.

(D) Lots with at least five thousand square feet: up to two.

(E) Lots with less than five thousand square feet: none.


ii. The principal use on the lot or parcel shall be a single-family dwelling.

iii. Chickens shall be confined within a secure enclosure that includes a coop.

(A) The coop shall be covered, weatherproof, and well ventilated.

(B) The enclosure, including the coop, shall be predator-resistant.

(C) The coop shall have a minimum floor area of at least two and one-half square feet per chicken.

(D) If chickens are not allowed to roam within an enclosure outside the coop, the coop shall have a minimum floor area of six square feet per chicken.

(E) The coop shall be structurally sound and located in a rear yard at least thirty feet from any neighboring residential structures and at least ten feet from the primary residential structure on the property. The coop shall also meet the minimum setback for accessory structures within this zoning district. The coop and enclosure shall be hidden.from the public view through the use of opaque fencing materials, vegetative screening, or other means allowed within this part. Because a corner lot technically does not include a rear yard, the owner of a corner lot may choose one of the “side” yards to function as a rear yard for the purposes of keeping chickens and locating the coop.
(F) The coop and enclosure shall be maintained in a neat and sanitary condition and shall be cleaned as necessary to prevent any odor detectable at a property line. At a minimum the coop and enclosed area shall be cleaned weekly, although waste may be composted so long as the composting area meets the setback requirements that apply to the coop and prevent any odor detectable at the property line.

(G) No chicken shall be permitted to roam outside the coop or enclosure.

iv. Chicken feed shall be stored in rodent- and predator-proof containers.

v. Water shall be available to the chickens at all times. A watering device that incorporates a water warming device shall be supplied, used and maintained.

vi. Chickens shall not be slaughtered on site. (Ord. 7/6/2010O-5 § 1 (Att. A) (part), 2010; Ord. 9/22/2009O-15 § 1 (Att. A) (part), 2009; Ord. 6/16/2009O-10 § 2 (part), 2009; Ord. 7/11/2006O-10 § 1 (Exh. A) (part), 2006; Ord. 3/07/2006O-1 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 5/07/2002A § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 2-5-2002 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 11-13-2001 § 2 (part), 2001)