Proposals that would allow backyard chickens in Iowa City have won initial approval from the City Council.
The council voted 5-2 for both measures Tuesday. One would amend a zoning ordinance for accessory uses and buildings to allow for chicken coops. The other deals specifically with the rules for having chickens.
The proposals include several regulations, including a limit to four hens and no roosters, no slaughtering and no selling of eggs. A permit would be required.
Two more readings of each measure are necessary for them to be adopted.
The council remains divided on whether people would need to have their neighbors' permission before getting the chickens.