Report a Complaint About Backyard Chickens

Do you think someone has chickens without a permit? You're in the right place to report a complaint.

Online Form

Identify your complaint

People can have chickens in their backyard, but they need a permit. Roosters are not allowed. Here are some of the rules they need to follow if they have a permit:

  • Roosters are prohibted
  • Chickens must live in the backyard
  • Chickens must be in a fenced-in coop
  • No more than six chickens
  • Chicken feed should be in rodent proof container
  • No butchering of chickens on the property

Keep in mind

Together, you and your neighbors form a strong community. Working together to resolve an issue can create a stronger block and neighborhood. We’ve put together optional first steps before filing a complaint with us.
  • Try talking with the property owner. If you need help finding the owner of a property, contact the City Assessors' Office online or at (616) 456-3081
  • If the property owner needs help, refer them to the Planning Department at (616) 456-4100
  • Contact your Neighborhood Association to see if they're able to help the owner

Make sure you have time to complete the form

This form will take about 5 minutes to complete. You'll be able to save your entry and resume later if you need more time. 

Consider creating a Citizen Access account

We use a third party application called Citizen Access to receive complaints about chickens. You can submit a complaint anonymously without logging in, or create an account and log in first to make it easier for you to track the status of the complaint over time.

Haven't used Citizen Access before? Make sure to review how to create an account before starting.

Submit your complaint online

After following the link below, you'll agree to the disclaimer. All you’ll need is the property address and a description of your complaint.

Submit a Backyard Chicken Complaint in English

We'll review your complaint

We'll start a case after we review and accept your complaint. Then send a letter to the owner for complaints we enforce. We give the owner up to 21 days for nonhazardous issues. Our inspectors follow up with an on-site inspection. If timely corrections aren't completed, the process continues. If the complaint is a hazard, our inspectors inspect the condition as soon as possible. You can track this online through Citizen Access.

Check out our enforcement process(PDF, 313KB) for more details. 

Check the complaint status

Want to see what's happening with the complaint you filed? Visit the Citizen Access website:

  • Click the Enforcement tab. If you logged in before submitting your complaint, you'll see the case listed under Case Records
  •  Click on the Case Number for more information
  • Don't see your complaint case Case Records? Search by Site Address, Parcel Number, or Case Number in the General Search section of the page
  • If you logged in before submitting your complaint, you'll see the case listed under Case Records

Paper Form

Review your options 

There's currently no printed version of this form. To file a complaint about chickens, click the other tabs for online, phone and in person options. 

Decide which option works best for you and click the corresponding tab for more instructions. Have questions? Give us a call at the phone number listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

Phone

Identify your complaint

People can have chickens in their backyard, but they need a permit. Roosters are not allowed. Here are some of the rules they need to follow if they have a permit:

  • Roosters are prohibted
  • Chickens must live in the backyard
  • Chickens must be in a fenced-in coop
  • No more than six chickens
  • Chicken feed should be in rodent proof container
  • No butchering of chickens on the property

Keep in mind

Together, you and your neighbors form a strong community. Working together to resolve an issue can create a stronger block and neighborhood. We’ve put together optional first steps before filing a complaint with us.

  • Try talking with the property owner. If you need help finding the owner of a property, contact the City Assessors' Office online or at (616) 456-3081

  • If the property owner needs help, refer them to the Planning Department at (616) 456-4100

  • Contact your Neighborhood Association to see if they're able to help the owner

Make sure you have time to complete the form

This form will take about 5 minutes to complete. You'll be able to save your entry and resume later if you need more time. 

Consider creating a Citizen Access account

We use a third party application called Citizen Access to receive complaints about chickens. You can submit a complaint anonymously without logging in, or create an account and log in first to make it easier for you to track the status of the complaint over time.

Haven't used Citizen Access before? Make sure to review how to create an account before starting.

Give us a call 

Call us at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page to file your complaint.

We'll review your complaint

We'll start a case after we review and accept your complaint. Then send a letter to the owner for complaints we enforce. We give the owner up to 21 days for nonhazardous issues. Our inspectors follow up with an on-site inspection. If timely corrections aren't completed, the process continues. If the complaint is a hazard, our inspectors inspect the condition as soon as possible. You can track this online through Citizen Access.

Check out our enforcement process(PDF, 313KB) for more details. 

Check the complaint status

Want to see what's happening with the complaint you filed? Visit the Citizen Access website:

  • Click the Enforcement tab. If you logged in before submitting your complaint, you'll see the case listed under Case Records
  •  Click on the Case Number for more information
  • Don't see your complaint case Case Records? Search by Site Address, Parcel Number, or Case Number in the General Search section of the page
  • If you logged in before submitting your complaint, you'll see the case listed under Case Records

In Person

Identify your complaint

People can have chickens in their backyard, but they need a permit. Roosters are not allowed. Here are some of the rules they need to follow if they have a permit:

  • Roosters are prohibted
  • Chickens must live in the backyard
  • Chickens must be in a fenced-in coop
  • No more than six chickens
  • Chicken feed should be in rodent proof container
  • No butchering of chickens on the property

Keep in mind

Together, you and your neighbors form a strong community. Working together to resolve an issue can create a stronger block and neighborhood. We’ve put together optional first steps before filing a complaint with us.

  • Try talking with the property owner. If you need help finding the owner of a property, contact the City Assessors' Office online or at (616) 456-3081

  • If the property owner needs help, refer them to the Planning Department at (616) 456-4100

  • Contact your Neighborhood Association to see if they're able to help the owner

Make sure you have time to complete the form

This form will take about 5 minutes to complete. You'll be able to save your entry and resume later if you need more time. 

Consider creating a Citizen Access account

We use a third party application called Citizen Access to receive complaints about chickens. You can submit a complaint anonymously without logging in, or create an account and log in first to make it easier for you to track the status of the complaint over time.

Haven't used Citizen Access before? Make sure to review how to create an account before starting.

Visit our office

To file a complaint in person, visit Code Compliance at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll review your complaint

We'll start a case after we review and accept your complaint. Then send a letter to the owner for complaints we enforce. We give the owner up to 21 days for nonhazardous issues. Our inspectors follow up with an on-site inspection. If timely corrections aren't completed, the process continues. If the complaint is a hazard, our inspectors inspect the condition as soon as possible. You can track this online through Citizen Access.

Check out our enforcement process(PDF, 313KB) for more details. 

Check the complaint status

Want to see what's happening with the complaint you filed? Visit the Citizen Access website:

  • Click the Enforcement tab. If you logged in before submitting your complaint, you'll see the case listed under Case Records
  •  Click on the Case Number for more information
  • Don't see your complaint case Case Records? Search by Site Address, Parcel Number, or Case Number in the General Search section of the page
  • If you logged in before submitting your complaint, you'll see the case listed under Case Record