Berkeley County passes chicken ordinance; Violators could face fine

Berkeley County passes chicken ordinance; Violators could face fine

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Council has passed an ordinance allowing property owners to keep a number of chickens in residential zones.

Berkeley County government's twitter account announced Monday night that council passed the chicken ordinance which allows property owners to keep eight hens on residential zones equal or greater than 30,000 square feet.

Officials say the ordinance was passed with one person opposing.

The chicken ordinance allows four hens on residential lots of 30,000 square feet and an additional hen for an additional 1,500 square feet of lot for a total up to eight hens.

According to officials, code enforcement officers will be tasked with investigating complaints of a violations of the ordinance.

Berkeley County officials say violators could face a fine of $1,082.

The chicken ordinance requires permits to be obtained to keep hens on the property; officials say there will be no fee for this permit.

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