Pevely’s Draconian Chicken Ordinance

26 Sep

The city of Pevely has finally joined the ranks of JeffCo locales that allow backyard chickens, joining Festus and De Soto. However, in typical Pevely fashion, the rules the city has adopted are overly restrictive and, for residents, expensive.

First, Pevely is charging a $100 fee the first year, followed by $25 annual payments thereafter. I can see no reason for this amount, other than to pad city coffers. And in fact, money from the fees will go into the city’s general revenue account, according to the Leader. Any fee that is charged should merely cover administrative costs for the program, which should be minimal.

Second, and probably worst of all, Pevely is requiring written permission from one’s adjoining neighbors before a resident can get a chicken license. What other activity is there, period, that a landowner can do that requires your neighbors’ permission? Not a thing.

Third, Pevely is very specific on coop requirements. It must be at least 6′ x 6′ and 7′ tall. I am quite sure you can buy a coop at Buchheit that is smaller than this that easily accommodates four birds. Coops must also have a window and a door that shuts and locks. We can’t have those chickens sneaking out at night.

The article says chickens and their eggs must not be sold commercially. I assume that this does not include me selling a dozen eggs a week to my neighbor. If this is included in the prohibition, this is also ridiculous.

Two parts of the Pevely ordinance are acceptable. The minimum lot size to keep chickens is only 1/4 acre, and the maximum number of hens is six.


One Response to “Pevely’s Draconian Chicken Ordinance”

  1. wrongonred September 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    This charge can be a tax or a fee. If it is a tax, it must be voter approved under Hancock, if it is a fee.Fees to offset the cost of individual requests of city resources. Meaning that the City must be able to show that the licensing process cost them $100 to issue. I am pretty sure there is no way in hell they can do that. The MML even warned cities about this. In fact, here is an MML presentation that explains the limits which are legally supposed to be in place: Page 17 and onward is the relevant material


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