City of Grand Rapids sets chicken fees

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids residents will soon be able to keep chickens on their property.

Applications should be available by April 1 on the city’s website. But it will cost more than chicken scratch to get a permission slip from city hall.

On Tuesday, city commissioners set the cost of chicken permits.

An initial permit, good for one year of the pilot program, will cost $50.

The costs are based on the amount of work each permit will generate at city hall. City employees will have to check lot sizes, site plans for coops and confirm the number of chickens on a given lot, according to a memo to the commission from the city attorney’s office.

The price of a renewal permit would be $10.

Some commissioners, including the First Ward’s Walt Gutowski and Dave Shaffer suggested the first year cost of $50 is too high.

Their amendment to have a flat fee of $25 failed.

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