Chickens could soon be permitted in Pullman city limits

Chickens could soon be permitted in Pullman city limits
Joseph Gardner, The Daily Evergreen
Kevin Lassiter, left and Charles Lassiter sign in to the Planning Commission meeting with their 13-year-old hen Roanie on Wednesday at Pullman City Hall.

The Pullman Planning Commission unanimously voted to pursue a zoning change that would allow chickens to be kept as pets within city limits at their regular meeting Wednesday, March 27.

Current city code defines chickens as small domestic animals and requires they be approved by the city and only kept on properties of at least 10,000 square feet. This has generally made it impossible to house chickens in residential neighborhoods.

Household pets, like cats, dogs or rabbits, require no approval from the city and can be kept on properties of any size with little other regulation.

The proposed changes may allow chickens to be reclassified as household pets or allow residents to construct coops on properties smaller than 10,000 square feet.

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