Council to consider chicken ordinance

Are you interested in raising chickens? The City Council is considering amendments to the City’s chicken standards with a public hearing tentatively scheduled for July 15. The chicken standards were first adopted in 2010. Since then, many metro cities have adopted chicken standards that provide good examples of what works. Following the example set by other metro cities, the potential amendments will reduce coop and run setback requirements, increase the number of permitted chickens from four to six and allow additional screening options. 

These changes would allow about 95% of single-family properties in Bloomington to raise chickens if desired. For more information, visit Questions? Contact Planner Michael Palermo at or 952-563-8924.