Keeping Of Chickens Ordinance & Application

Keeping of Fowl (Chicken) Ordinance:

An ordinance was adopted by the Borough Council to regulate the keeping of fowl/chickens on residential properties and specifies where chicken coops/runs can be located on the properties.

Any property owner who own/harbor fowl in the Borough of Fair Lawn is required by ordinance to file an application for a license to keep the fowl/chickens.  The term “Fowl” shall mean a bird of any kind, including but not limited to galliformes (chickens, turkeys, quail, pheasant, peafowl and guinea fowl), anseriformes (ducks, geese, and swans) and columbidae (pigeons and doves), but excluding tropical birds generally confined to small indoor cages, such as parrots, parakeets, finches, canaries and the like.   After December 31, 2022, it shall be unlawful to keep any rooster;  only those roosters that a property owner applied for a special license before December 31, 2022, are permitted to be kept.  Also, It shall be unlawful for any person to keep pigeons in the Borough, for any reason whatsoever.

The ordinance requires that the property owners who have coops/runs on their properties in Fair Lawn to be licensed and must be inspected by the Health Official annually or upon complaint.

In order to receive a license, the property owner needs to complete the application and submit it to the Fair Lawn Health Dept. in person or through the mail. The Annual License Fee can be paid by cash or check. (Check payable to the "Borough Of Fair Lawn").

Location & Mailing Address:

Fair Lawn Health Department

8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Room 109

Fair Lawn, NJ 07410



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