Farm Animals

Chickens

Zones

Before obtaining farm animals you will need to determine which zone your property is located in. 

  • Farm animals are a permitted use in the A-5, A-1 and R-A zones. In the R-T, R-1, R-D, R-2, R-4 and R-M zones, farm animals (with the exception of fowl, rabbits or similar animals) are allowed by obtaining a conditional use permit, as long as your property has a minimum overall lot area of 8,000 square feet (or 0.18 acre).
  • Rooster chickens are not permitted in the R-T, R-1, R-D, R-2, R-4 and R-M zones.
  • Conditional use permits are approved by the Planning Commission. To get on an agenda you will need to fill out a conditional use permit application (PDF), pay a $50 application fee, and submit your application to the Community Development office.

Animal Space

Learn about the kind and number of animals that may be kept on a lot in any zone district (not including suckling offspring). Measurements are in square feet (sf). 

Fowl, Rabbits or Similar Animals 

Minimum Lot Size (sf)
Lot Area Required for Each Animal (sf)
8,000
1,600
14,000
1,400
20,000
800
21,780
435

Horses, Cattle or Similar Animals

Minimum Lot Size (sf) Lot Area Required for Each Animal (sf)
21,780 10,890

Sheep, Goats, Llamas or Similar Animals

Minimum Lot Size (sf)
Lot Area Required for Each Animal (sf)
20,000
10,000
21,780
5,445

Swine, Including Pot Belly Pigs

Minimum Lot Size (sf) Lot Area Required for Each Animal (sf)
43,560 43,560

Property Structures

The property housing the animals must be enclosed by a fence sufficient enough to contain the animals. Structures housing fowl, rabbits or similar animals must be located at least 15 feet from all buildings on adjacent lots predominantly used or occupied by humans. Other structures for the care and keeping of farm animals, except swine, must be located at least 50 feet from all buildings on adjacent lots predominately used or occupied by humans. Structures for keeping swine must be located at least 200 feet from all buildings on adjacent lots predominately used or occupied by humans.

Owners shall show that odor, dust, noise or drainage be controlled so as to not create a nuisance or hazard to adjoining properties. Should these regulations not be followed, the conditional use permit may be revoked.

Questions

Please contact the Community Development office at 801-546-1241.