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Proposed Domestic Fowl Ordinance & Appkication




DATED 2018


The keeping of up to 3 female chickens, ducks, quail, or geese, collectively domestic fowl, is a permitted use on any single family residential lot of an unorganized city within Wells County.


The keeping of any large animals, including but not limited to, Horses, Goats, Pigs, Cows, Sheep is not a permitted use on any single family residential lot of an unorganized city with Wells County.


To ensure that the keeping of domestic fowl is done in a responsible manner that protects the public health, safety, and welfare and avoids conflicts with neighboring uses, Wells County Zoning enforces the following standards:


  • No slaughtering of domestic fowl shall occur on a residential property.

  • Fowl must have access to a covered enclosure.

  • Fowl may not roam in an unfenced area.

  • Fowl must be kept within a covered and fenced enclosure or fenced enclosure at all times.

  • Such enclosures mentioned must be clean, dry, and odor-free.

  • Fowl, and their enclosures, are to be kept in a manner that will not disturb the use or enjoyment of adjacent properties.


Wells County Zoning permits are required prior to placing covered residential fowl enclosures on properties. The table below provides the requirements for such structers:

Standards for Domestic Fowl Covered Enclosure Permit


Permit Required



Zoning District

Unorganized Cities


Residence required




Within Rear and/or Side Yards


Maximum size

120 square feet*


Maximum height

12 feet


Setback to any adjoining lot's residential structure

25 feet


Setback to water of any lake, river, or stream

75 feet


*Larger enclosures may be permitted but must be reviewed by the Wells County Zoning Commission.

The application for the Fowl Permit can be obtained from the Wells County Director of Tax Equalization or can be found on the Wells County Website. The initial application fee is $50.00. Fowl applications must be renewed every 5 years with a renewal fee of $25.00.

The application must be accompanied by a site plan, drawn to a measurable scale, which includes all lot lines, all existing structures, and the location of the domestic fowl structure. Accepted forms of payment include cash or check payable to Wells County Treasurer.

Wells County Comp. App. Date ______________

Planning and Zoning PAC Rec. Date _______________

CB Action Date ______________

CB Approval _____ Denial _____

Fowl Permit Application




Name(s) _______________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________

City __________________________ State______ Zip_______________

Phone # __________________________ Fax #________________________

Cell # __________________________ Email ________________________

Property Owner(s), if different from above:


Name(s) _______________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________

City __________________________ State______ Zip_______________

Phone # __________________________ Fax #________________________

Email _______________________________________________________


Parcel Information:


PID#(s):____________________________________ Parcel Acreage:____________

Complete Legal Description:______________________________________________





Wells County Tax Director

700 Railway ST N #361

Fessenden ND 58438