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[Dave Bauer, special projects manager at the Garfield Farm Museum, cares for the museum's flock of black Java chickens. The village of Elburn approved backyard chickens last year.]
According to Tom Brennan, building commissioner for Elburn, people who live in the R1 and R2 districts can raise chickens. Brennan said that during a public comment of a meeting a resident had questioned why chickens were not allowed in Elburn. That led to Brennan looking into the situation.
Currently the cost to residents to get a permit to have a coop is $50.
“That covers our time of processing the permit and going out and doing basically just one inspection,” Brennan said.
Brennan confirmed that there are only two people who have coop permits, meaning that Elburn has received $100 from those who raise chickens.
“It wasn’t supposed to be a huge revenue generator,” Brennan said. “It was more just – if other towns are allowing it, maybe Elburn should look into allowing it, too.”