Details for NOTICE - Keeping of Chickens The

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NOTICE - Keeping of Chickens
The International Falls Code of Ordinances, Section 10-12, specifies standards for animals
and fowl. The ordinance prohibits the keeping of chickens, as a farm animal, except in areas
zoned for agricultural purposes. In the summer of 2020, a petition with sufficient signatures
was submitted to the City and a City Question No. 1 was included for the election held on
November 3, 2020. The question asked if the voters approved of the keeping of chickens
and included an ordinance to allow chickens in the City. The City Question 1 election
results were approved by the Canvassing Board on November 12, 2020, with the vote
totals as follows:
YES

1,423

NO

1,557

The question did not receive sufficient votes to pass and was defeated.
Grace Period Policy Implementation
The City Council desires to allow residents that may currently have chickens within the
corporate limits of the City time to come into compliance with the current ordinance
prohibiting chickens. The City Council established a grace period until January 1, 2021.
During this grace period, property owners currently keeping chickens shall make efforts to
remove all chickens from their property and fully comply with the ordinance not later than
January 1, 2021. After this time, observed violations will be enforced.
City Council adoption: November 16, 2020

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