Metro Council members on Tuesday night approved a measure legalizing urban chickens in Metro Nashville but also passed an amendment that exempts eight council districts.
It is still illegal for residents to raise chickens on their property in districts 12, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33, according to the group Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville's Facebook page.
Residents in other council districts can now legally own up to six domesticated hens, depending on property size, after obtaining a $25 annual permit from the city.
Under the ordinance, chicken coops must be at least 25 feet from any residential structure and 10 feet for any property line. Hens can only be raised for non-commercial use and roosters are still illegal within city limits.
Metro Animal Control will issue the annual permits, be in charge of enforcing the rules of the new ordinance and respond to complaints.