FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council will consider an ordinance that would allow Borough residents to raise chickens on their property.

The ordinance was proposed after the governing body received letters from residents making the case for allowing the raising of chickens in the Borough of Fanwood. Among the benefits cited were educational opportunities for children, sustainability of the environment (chickens eat insects and thus reduce the need for using pesticides), and humane conditions for egg-producing hens.

The Borough assigned Zoning Officer Ray Sullivan to investigate the pros and cons of chicken-raising and report back to the Council. (Currently, having chicken-raising is prohibited in Fanwood.)

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Passage of the ordinance would allow residents to raise up to three chickens.

Related: Westfield Looks to Hatch New Law to Allow for Hen Raising

In 2018, Scotch Plains passed Ordinance 2018-24 "to define and establish the applicable standards and restrictions with the raising, keeping and maintaining of Chickens/Hens within the Township of Scotch Plains."

  • No person shall keep chickens without having first obtained a license from the Department of Health and a Zoning Permit from the Zoning Officer. 
  • A license must be issued for each year. 
  • The annual fee shall be $100.00 for license and $75.00 for the Zoning Permit. 
  • No person shall be permitted to keep more than six (6) chickens.
  • No chicken shall be allowed to fly or run at large, but shall be confined in a suitable house or coop with an enclosed runway. (Pens are not allowed.)

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