The Appleton Common Council has voted to approve a backyard chicken ordinance. The ordinance passed Wednesday on an 8-6 vote. It allows residents to apply for a permit to keep backyard chickens. Reports say that a permit allows people to raise up to four hens, but no roosters. The ordinance originally passed in March, but one of the common council members was not present for that vote. That triggered another vote Wednesday night. Residents will have to pay a one-time, non-refundable 145 dollar pre-inspection fee. The annual fee to renew the permit has been reduced from 59 dollars to 24 dollars. The coop must have at least three-square feet per chicken. The chicken run can be no larger than 24-square feet.