• Planning and Zoning

    Ducks, Chickens and Bees Oh My

    Jefferson County recently updated the Zoning Resolution to include ducks. Now, with the correct permit, in addition to chickens, bees and other domestic animals, citizens of Jefferson County can gain the numerous benefits of having ducks in their backyards.
    A maximum of six ducks are allowed for most single family detached and duplex zone districts under certain conditions and requires a miscellaneous permit obtained from Jefferson County’s Planning and Zoning Division. Before acquiring ducks, check with the area Homeowners’ Association for restrictions and inform neighbors of new backyard tenants. Also, a well constructed and maintained coop is vital for protecting ducks from the elements, predators, injury, and theft and prevents vermin infestation. Ducks may only be kept in the backyard.
    Urban backyard animals like chickens and ducks provide fresh, organic eggs, don’t take up much space and are not expensive to maintain. Feed is inexpensive and the average coop takes up less space than a garden tool shed. Also, ducks shouldn’t create a disturbance for you or your neighbors. Ducks are naturally quiet animals and only make noise if agitated or alarmed.
    Keeping urban backyard animals like ducks provide gardening benefits and help citizens make environmentally-friendly decisions. Egg production at home not only saves money, but fewer trips to the grocery store decrease the carbon footprint. Ducks eat weeds and bugs and produce rich fertilizer for the garden. Also, people with urban backyard animals are less likely to use harmful garden chemicals and pesticides to protect the health of their animals. In addition to the other benefits, keeping ducks is a great way to teach children how to care for pets and animals and show them where their food comes from.

    For more information and helpful guides on keeping ducks and other urban backyard animals, check out Planning and Zoning’s website. You can also download this helpful guide: Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document

    October 14, 2016

    Duck Photo

    Last Updated: 10-14-2016