If you keep chickens at your house, you’ll no longer run afoul of the law.
This week the city council loosened the restrictions for the number of chickens you can raise in your backyard. You can now have five instead of just one.
There are some other guidelines – there must be a 15-foot setback from the coops, you must have a sight-obscuring fence and the chickens can’t be processed at home.
Michelle McGraw, who’s lived in Lynnwood for the past 24 years, spoke in favor of raising chickens.
“Living in Lynnwood this long it’s just ironic to me that a community that has its roots in chicken farming is one of the only communities anywhere around us that doesn’t allow chickens,” she said. McGraw cited the health benefits of homegrown eggs.
Several neighboring cities – including Edmonds, Mill Creek and Mukilteo – all allow multiple chickens to be kept at residences.
Lynnwood made the move after some citizens requested it. Officials acknowledged that some residents had already been raising chickens in their backyards.
Former City Councilman Ted Hikel was opposed to the new law.
“Lynnwood is no longer rural Snohomish County. We are the urban center of south Snohomish County,” he said. “If your neighbor has five chickens in their backyard, your backyard will be impacted with the noise of five chickens and the unpleasant odor of five chickens.”
The new law does not allow roosters to be kept at home.