Shawnee City Code may be amended to make allowances for chickens to live in town — under the right conditions.

Shawnee City Code may be amended to make allowances for chickens to live in town — under the right conditions.

On Wednesday Shawnee Planning Director Rebecca Blaine said as the topic has increasingly come up, some residents in the community generally thought having back yard chickens already was allowed.

“That is not so,” she explained.

Blaine said city residents owning urban chickens have been a hot topic in recent years in the state, citing Norman, Stillwater and most recently Edmond have adopted similar ordinances.

She said in Shawnee, if the ordinance is approved, a one-time $15 permit would be required — though if the resident moves to another location with an intent to keep chickens, a permit would then need to be obtained at the new site.

The ordinance proposal is scheduled to go before Shawnee City Commissioners Aug. 19.