City of Fernley Development Code – Chapter 32.28.70
Under Animals (5) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, chickens may be kept in any zoning district as an accessory use if the following standards are complied with:
a. Roosters are prohibited.
b. The keeping of chickens is limited based on parcel size:
1. Parcel size between zero and 2,000 square feet may keep up to two hens.
2. Parcel sizes between 2,001 and 6,000 square feet may keep up to four hens.
3. Parcel sizes between 6,001 and 10,000 square feet may keep up to five hens.
4. Parcel sizes greater than 10,000 square feet may keep up to two hens for every 2,000 square feet of parcel size, not to exceed 16 hens.
c. Chickens shall be restricted from accessing the front yard.
d. The chickens shall be provided a covered enclosure (coop) and must be kept in the covered enclosure. The coop must be a minimum of five feet from any property line.
e. Coop shall be clean and odor free.
f. If the city receives a complaint, and after being given at least 24 hours' notice, a property owner that exercises the privilege of keeping chickens on their property agrees to allow inspections by the administrator for compliance with the standards of this chapter.