The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would ease restrictions on raising chickens in the District.
Chickens are currently banned within 50 feet of homes. But D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells is proposing a bill that would allow chickens if an owner got neighbors’ blessing for the birds. Roosters would still be banned.
Wells drafted the bill on behalf of a family in his district whose eight hens were recently confiscated by animal control officers. His bill would require 80 percent of the households within 100 feet of a proposed coop to provide their written consent.
If one neighbor objects, there can be no hens.
Homeowners must also get annual permits and meet sanitary requirements.