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On April 28, Winter Garden City Commissioners approved the ordinance to allow 25 permits for keeping up to four chickens in the backyards of single-family homes. If you are interested in getting a permit check out some of the rules for this program:
- Before owning chickens, residents must apply for a temporary permit.
- Up to 25 permits will be given on a first come, first-serve basis.
- As part of the application process, residents must take a class on caring for backyard chickens through the Orange County Extension Office.
- Residents can keep up to four chickens in areas zoned single-family residential.
- Only hens are allowed — no roosters.
- The ordinance does not allow residents to violate homeowners’ association codes. If a homeowners’ association prohibits backyard chickens, residents must abide by those rules.
- Chickens must be kept within a coop or enclosure at all times.
- Eggs cannot be sold, and chickens cannot be slaughtered.
- The coop and enclosure must be hidden from a neighbor’s view with a landscape screen or opaque fence.
- There is a $25 permit fee.
All information is from The Orange Observer
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