My wife and I live in Winter Garden, Fl. We are in the city. We have 6 hens and zero roosters. We built the coop about 14 months ago and purchased our hens from two different local farms.A city of winter garden code compliance person came to my house today because of a fence permit issue. During the visit, he heard my hens. He informed me verbally that they were not allowed and would have to go. Regarding the hens and the fence issue, he asked me to comunicate with him within a week. The fence issue is easily solvable. However, the hens issue is not.
The following is what I found on the winter garden codes. The codes are managed (digitally) buy a contractor.
"Sec. 14-36. - Poultry—Number limited; sanitation; location.
It shall be unlawful to raise or keep within the city limits more than six chickens or other fowl. Any chicken or other fowl raised or kept within the city limits shall be housed under sanitary conditions in an escape-proof enclosure located no less than 100 feet from the nearest dwelling house, church or other occupied building."
The coop is more than 100 feet from my neighbor's dwellings. It is not more than 100 feet from my dwelling nor is there room for it to be located that far from my house.
1. Why do you think the city requires it to be more than 100 feet from the coop owner's dwelling?
2. I plan to fight for change. Do I need to remove the chickens during this process?
3. Might any of you be able to guide me toward the first step in the process for seeking change?
Thanks in advance for all info and guidance.
Gary and Bel