The chicken police are on the beat.

Now that Evanston’s recently adopted chicken ordinance is in effect, Health Department officials say its time for rogue keepers of coops to bring their flocks in line with the new regulations.

The chicken police are on the beat.

Now that Evanston’s recently adopted chicken ordinance is in effect, Health Department officials say its time for rogue keepers of coops to bring their flocks in line with the new regulations.

At least in some cases, the officials say, they know where the coops are.

Failure to apply for a coop license, they add, may result in fines.

To apply for a license residents can call the Health Department at 847-859-7831 or e-mail health@cityofevanston.org to get a hen coop application.

The ordinance prohibits hens from being kept in condominiums or apartment complexes and does not allow roosters. Applicants must notify their neighbors of intent to house hens and pay a $50 annual fee. There is a limit of 20 licenses until January 1, 2012 and all owners are expected to keep their hens so as not to cause a nuisance.

The new ordinance repeals a complete ban on keeping chickens that had been in place in Evanston since 1974.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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