Cobb County

Cobb County Code

On February 26, 2013, after a 20 month campaign by the Backyard Chickens Alliance, the Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to allow a Variance Application for Hens in Cobb County. You can download the Variance Application <HERE>. If you have any questions, you can reach John Pederson, Head of the Cobb County Zoning Department by calling 770.528.2035, or sending him an email to john.pederson@cobbcounty.org.

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Here is the text of the Code:
(4) Authorize upon appeal in specific cases related to the minimum lot size of
two acres required to maintain Poultry as Pets or Food Source.

Poultry meaning a female pullet or hen of the Gallus gallus domesticus; also
referred to as backyard chickens which are or may be raised for the purpose of
providing food or companionship as a pet considering the following minimum
conditions:
(a) Written consent or opposition of adjacent property owners;
(b) The poultry shall be kept/maintained within a fenced area;
(c) Coops, or other buildings used for the poultry shall be located at
least ten feet off any property line and/or in compliance with the
accessory structure requirements in each zoning district;
(d) The owner of the poultry shall keep the property maintained in a
fashion that eliminates odors, pollution or other negative effects
resulting from the poultry;
(e) The poultry shall not cause a nuisance, as defined by State Law;
(f) There shall be a maximum ratio of one bird per 5,000 square foot
of lot area on any lot less than two acres;
(g) The slaughter of any hen on site is strictly prohibited;
(h) The fee for the Variance application shall not exceed $150.00;
(i) The duration of any Variance approved for Poultry as Pets or Food
Source shall not exceed 2 years; renewable for subsequent 2 year
terms thereafter;
(j) Any Variance approved for Poultry as Pets or Food Source shall be
considered by the Board of Commissioners in accordance with
Section 134-271.