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Shippensburg chicken ordinance officially goes into effect

21 November 2012 No Comment

SHIPPENSBURG — Chickens are officially permitted in the borough.

Although Shippensburg Borough Council approved an ordinance Oct. 2 allowing residents to raise chickens in their backyards, a provision was added holding off its effect until Nov. 21, giving Borough Manager Earl Parshall time to develop a fee schedule.

Parshall presented the schedule at Tuesday’s council meeting. An initial permit costs $100, and the cost for renewal every three years is $50.

Due to the various requirements included in the ordinance – which was the subject of discussion among council and residents for months – not every borough resident is eligible to raise chickens. Among these are setbacks and property types. There are also requirements for chickens’ housing, sanitation and other factors. Chickens must be female and no more than three can live on a property.

The complete ordinance is available online at www.shippensburg.pa.us.

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