TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – By a vote of 5-2 the Terre Haute City Council passed an ordinance today allowing chickens within city limits.

This comes after months of back and forth between code enforcers and chicken owners. The saga began earlier this year when the council passed an ordinance allowing honey bees to be raised in Terre Haute but excluded poultry. 

The new literature, allows chickens to be raised on a lot that exceeds 4800 square feet, and the coop must have at least a 6-foot fence surrounding it. 

Other stipulations for chicken owners include; a chicken coop has to be five feet away from property lines and 20 feet away from neighboring homes, owners can only have a maximum of eight chickens, and no roosters will be allowed.

It is also suggested  that chicken owners obtain a two-year license.