I would appreciate any help that one can give me.
I moved into this house in Debary, FL in Jan 2011 after scouring the city code for laws against chickens. I found nothing. There is no HOA here.
Here is a link to our city code: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13027
I got chickens in April 2011 and everything has been fine until a few days ago. I got a letter in the mail from the city saying that 'livestock/farm animals are not permitted in your zoning district'. The letter requests that I remove the chickens and roosters from the property no later than June 22nd (tomorrow) to avoid further code enforcement action. The complaint was that there were 'prolonged noises'. This was sent on June 14th. I had a pretty loud rooster at that point but he went to a friend because of said noise.
I was not sure if code enforcement could enter private property, so I looked it up. It says in FL that "If he meets resistance, he needs to get a court order, then he comes back with the Sheriff." (Link for that, from an ask lawyer site: http://www.justanswer.com/law/26qlv-florida-city-code-enforcement-officer-private.html)
So I was going to chain and lock my gate and put my dogs out there so that he would 'meet resistance' and get me more time to figure it out.
I need to call the code guy today and ask him questions and get clarity on the wording, but my experience has been that 99% of people at the code office have a fuzzy idea of the codes anyway.
1. What should I ask him?
2. What, if anything, will he say?
3. Can I apply for a variance/permit - what do I need to know?
4. Please give me any advice you can. I am willing to fight this. I will keep my chickens.
Edited by Nimby Chickens - 7/6/12 at 7:54pm