Sari Maarit Cedergren, resident of Njálsgata in Reykjavík, was on Tuesday issued the first permit to keep chickens in Reykjavík, in accordance with an ordinance approved by Reykjavík City Council last fall, Vísir reports.
Sari is reportedly pleased with the decision and has begun preparations for the construction of a chicken coop.
“We have been working on a way to make it possible for those city residents who want to keep hens to do so,” said Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir, chair of the City Council Health and Safety Committee, which issued the permit.
“We have not been policing chicken keeping so far, but we hope that if people are keeping them, that they apply for a permit. We want to be considerate of the best interest of all parties; both of those who want to keep chickens and that of their neighbors,” Heiða added.
In order to qualify for a permit, written permission must be sought from owners of all adjacent residences, and in the case of an apartment building with multiple households, written permission from all co-owners of the building.
Applicants are able to apply for permits for up to four chickens. Only hens are allowed, and the keeping of roosters continues to be strictly prohibited within the city limits.