COOP (Chicken Owners Outside Philadelphia)
COOP (Chicken Owners Outside Philadelphia)

Plymouth Township

Note: If you own less than an acre, you are limited to two chickens. If you want more, you have to appear in front of the Zoning Hearing Board for a variance. The fee involved for residential variance hearings is $200 in Plymouth.

Thanks to Jack Hoffman, Director of Code Enforcement, Plymouth Township, for this information.


Sec. 4-1. Harboring of certain animals restricted.

  1. Any animal or fowl, domestic or otherwise, is hereby declared to be committing a nuisance if such animal or fowl:
    1. Habitually barks, howls, crows, cockles, makes other such sounds, yelps, bites without provocation or molests a passerby; or,
    2. Runs at large, or which trespasses upon or scratches, digs, defecates upon, or otherwise causes damage to any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or any other public or private property, other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal or fowl.
  2. It shall be unlawful for any owner or person having custody or control of such animal or fowl to permit it to commit such nuisance. Horses or ponies being used for transportation shall be exempt from this provision when in the right-of-way of a public street, but not when in the right-of-way of a sidewalk. The nuisance shall be considered abated, if applicable, when the owner or person in charge or control of such animal immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of the same in a sanitary manner, or repairs the damage done by such animal.

(Ord. No. 682, § 3, 10-8-1973; Ord. No. 773, § 1, 5-9-1977; Ord. No. 1007, § 1, 3-20-1989)

Sec. 4-7. Minimum lot size for animal shelters, etc.

No person shall keep and maintain within the limits of the township any buildings, shelter or corrals for any animals or domestic fowl on any lot of less than an acre in area. Such buildings, shelters or corrals shall be so located on the property as to be at least one hundred (100) feet from any building used for human habitation and at least fifty (50) feet from any property line. This section shall not apply to pens, coops or yards wherein not more than two (2) small animals or fowl are kept, insofar as such small animals do not create a nuisance nor interfere with public health. (Ord. No. 483, § 1102.2, 5-16-1966)

Sec. 4-10. Maintenance of small animal pens, etc.; order to correct violations.

  1. All structures, corrals, pens, coops or yards wherein small animals or fowl are kept shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, devoid of all rodents and vermin and free from objectionable odors.
  2. The township code enforcement officer, upon the complaint of any person, shall inspect any such structure or premises and issue any such order as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the federal, state, county and township regulations.

(Ord. No. 483, §§ 1102.5, 1102.5A, 5-16-1966; Ord. No. 1154, § 4, 4-11-1994)