Bella Vista, AR

#1 Mar 17, 2011
Are backyard chickens allowed in Bella Vista? I know they weren't allowed at one time, but a friend of mine swears that she heard they had changed this rule. I would love to raise a few hens for eggs.

Fayetteville, AR

#2 Apr 7, 2011
I dunno. I had four Red Star hens in a little hidden coop under my deck stairs, and behind a high privacy fence around my combination dog yard/vegetable garden in late winter of last year. The setup was completely hidden from the road. The hens each laid an egg a day right through the winter. Hens do not crow, cackle only when they lay an egg, and are quieter than most of the neighborhood dogs. However, one of my neighbors is seriously agin poultry and the EVIL WORTHLESS Bella Vista Architectural Control Committee made me rehome them. Do you know, those Sons of B'S at the ACC - or possibly it was my neighbor - actually broke down the door into my fenced yard,(allowing my dogs to get out), presumably to photo this awful crime? I don't think the ACC had the authority to force me to rehome the hens. The City of Bentonville said they took no interest in hens; they allow up to 50 -Springdale and Fayetteville allow up to 6 hens - and Bella Vista is part of Bentonville. AT the time the ACC was enforcing the preexisting code on me it worked for Bentonville, but didn't have a contract with them, or indeed, the authority to do anything other than authorize building plans. The Bella Vista Property Owners Association said they didn't handle poultry. The Bella Vista Police Department, ditto. However the ACC sent me a lawyer's letter telling me to shut up about their making me rehome the birds without authority when I sent letters pointing all this out to the mayor of Bentonville, the City Council, the POA, etc. etc. They may not have authority but they can and will cut off your water if you cross them.(Or they did have that ability in the past, so I shut up.) I notice that while they haven't taken down their website, they say it is temporarily unavailable. I can tell you that that site has been temorarily unavailable since last summer. Maybe it is allowed now. Maybe it isn't. I do know that I have heard a few other backyard chickens in the neighborhood since then: and then I have heard the sounds off early morning cackling go silent after a few days. I don't know if the power-hungry rotters at the ACC are doing some sort of "We aint' got no authority but that ain't stopping us sh*t", whether some other petty tyrant has stepped into this leadership vacuum, or whether my nosy neighbor has been giving disinformation to the hopeful bird-faciers. Could be any of the above, really.

Fayetteville, AR

#3 Apr 8, 2011
Alas, you are in error. A friend of mine who has a new job in Jane and a spouse who works in Bentonville wanted the Arkansas schools and was looking at moving to Bella Vista. She asked the same question. I contacted the POA today; your answer is "No." I append the email thread which I as you see, I forwarded to the Mayor and the Alderman. You might want to contact them as well. After all, Rogers and Fayetteville have backyard poultry ordinances and Bentonville and Springdale allow pretty much unlimited quantities.
Dear Ms. Attlesey
Unfortunate about your lack of a modern poultry ordinance, but I too thought that the rule had not changed.(An acquaintance had contacted me about buying in Bella Vista, all excited about the rumor of Bella Vista, allowing backyard chickens.) I thought she must be in error, and since she is moving to the area for job reasons I have suggested Rogers, which does have a model poultry ordinance, which I append. For my own part, I am buying property in Fayetteville,(which has a 4 hen poultry ordinance.) I live in Bella Vista, and since my home is paid for, will continue to hold it until the market improves.(That is an event which I anticipate will take 20 years.) While this is a very good time to buy investment property, I refuse to invest in areas whose policies are inconsistent with sustainable living.
Shirin de Silva, MD
22 Mayfair Drive
Bella Vista, AR
Section 1: It shall be unlawful for any person to permit or allow any domesticated fowl to run at large within the corporate limits of the city. It shall be lawful to keep poultry flocks of any size in A-I zones of the city, so long as they are confined.
Section 2: It shall be lawful for any person to keep, permit or allow any fowl within the corporate limits of the city in all other zones, except A-I, under the following terms and conditions:
a. No more than four (4) hens shall be allowed for each single-family dwelling. No birds shall be allowed in multi-family complexes, including duplexes.
b. No roosters shall be allowed.
c. There shall be no outside slaughtering of birds.
d. All fowl must be kept at all times in a secure enclosure constructed at least two feet above the surface of the ground.
e. Enclosures must be situated at least 25 feet from the nearest neighbor's residence.
f. Enclosures must be kept in a neat and sanitary condition at all times, and must be cleaned on a regular basis so as to prevent offensive odors.
g. Persons wishing to keep fowl within the city must obtain a permit from the Office of the City Clerk, after an inspection and approval by the Office of Animal Control, and must pay a $5.00 annual fee.
Section 3: The above Section 2 is not intended to apply to the 'ducks and geese in Lake Atalanta Park, nor to indoor birds kept as pets, such as, but not limited to, parrots or parakeets, nor to the lawful transportation of fowl through the corporate limits of the city. Neither shall it apply to poultry kept in areas of the City which are zoned A-I.
Section 4: Fowl currently existing in the city shall not be "grandfathered" or permitted to remain after the effective date of this Ordinance; however, owners of the poultry will have 90 days from the effective date to come into compliance with this ordinance.
Section 5: That violations of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of up to $500.00.
Section 6: That all Ordinances, or parts of Ordinances, in conflict herewith are hereby expressly repealed.
Section 7: This ordinance shall take effect 30 days after passage.
PASSED this 13th day of June, 2006.

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#4 Apr 20, 2011
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Rogers, AR

#5 Jan 29, 2014
I know this post is old, but the person who said that Springdale allows up to 6 hens is either trying to start a fight, or not very good at doing their homework. Springdale STILL (in 2014) doesn't allow a single chicken in the city limits, even on land zoned A-1 that has other agricultural activity going on. Just FYI.

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