In order to get chickens here (and probably in many urban areas) you have to get a small animal permit. This involves getting signatures from 80% of your neighbors within 100 feet of your property.
Jeremy and I have been tramping around the last three days and nights knocking on neighbors doors and begging for signatures. Well, it hasn't been that bad: people have been so excited to sign the permit many people interrupted us in the middle of our prepared speech saying yes of course they'd sign! One neighbor offered to come help do anything we needed. One neighbor asked if he could get eggs from us. One neighbor wanted to trade fresh goats milk or beef or whatever they could get through their connections for eggs. We also passed out a flier to everyone telling them about the chickens, the coop, and inviting everyone to an "open coop" in a few weeks to see the babies. We got the 80% we needed and are ready to send the form in.