After a debate for four years, backyard chickens will now be popping up in the City of South Bend.
People can start applying for the permits at the city's code enforcement office.
It's expected about 60 people will apply.
There was a delay in getting the applications ready, since a new Director of Code Enforcement was named shortly after the ordinance passed in late February.
The common council and a chicken alliance group argued for four years over the ordinance.
According to the ordinance a homeowner is limited to six chickens.
Karen Coman from the chicken alliance says, “We'll be teaching some of the public as well, we'll be teaching some of the classes for the community coming this weekend through the unity gardens.”
Applications cost 20 dollars.