Benbrook Texas Chicken Ordinance
Are Chickens Allowed in this location Yes Max Chickens Allowed More than 2 fowl closer than 150' of a dwelling requires a permit; Nuisance Ordinances apply Roosters Allowed Yes Permit Required No Coop Restrictions Yes City/Organization Contact name Additional Information 6.04.040 Poultry and rabbits. A. It is unlawful to keep and maintain more than two poultry or rabbits at a distance closer than one hundred fifty feet from any building located on property under separate ownership that is used for human habitation. All poultry must be kept in a structure, pen or fence. Such structure, pen or fence must be kept in a sanitary manner. B. All persons having more than two poultry or rabbits must obtain a city permit by January 15th of each calendar year which permits the keeping and maintaining of poultry and rabbits. The permit shall grant the animal control officer permission to inspect at any reasonable time during the day the lot or parcel of land on which the poultry or rabbits will be contained. Such permit may be revoked or withheld by the animal control officer if: 1. The facilities (both land and structures), upon inspection, show that they are inadequate for the number of animals sought to be kept. Such facilities must meet but not be limited to the following requirements: a. The facility shall be of sufficient size as specified in the zoning ordinance to allow the animal to move about freely. b. Adequate food and water must be provided so that each and every animal kept shall be maintained in good health and free of malnutrition and/or dehydration. c. The premises shall be kept in a sanitary condition and reasonably free of animal waste parasites, insects and flies that could be harmful to the animals\' health and/or to the health of the general public. d. The premises must provide adequate protection (as determined by the animal control officer) from the common elements, i.e., rain, heat, cold; 2. The animals kept were causing a stench or odor which is offensive to a person of ordinary sensibilities on adjoining, adjacent or neighboring premises; or 3. The animals are maintained in a manner which is dangerous to the health of the animals themselves or adjacent animals; or 4. The animals are causing noise which is offensive or disturbing to a person of ordinary sensibilities on adjoining, adjacent or neighboring premises. 6.12.060 Running at large. A. It is unlawful for any dog or other animal possessed, kept or harbored, other than a cat, to run at large, as defined in subsection I of Section 6.12.010. B. The animal control officer is authorized to impound such animals running at large, other than a cat, and may impound a cat under conditions specified in Section 6.12.100, or when he has received a complaint that the cat has caused a nuisance or hazard to the health or welfare of the human or animal population. (Ord. 754 § 6, 1985) 6.12.070 Animal nuisances. The following acts are declared to be nuisances and constitute violations of this chapter: A. The keeping of any animal which, by causing frequent or long continued barking, cry or noise shall disturb any person of ordinary sensibilities in the vicinity; B. The keeping of any animal in such a manner as to endanger the public health, to annoy neighbors by the accumulation of animal wastes which cause foul and offensive odors, or are considered to be a hazard to any other animal or human being, or by continued presence on the premises of another; 6.12.080 Prohibited animals. A. It is unlawful to color, dye, stain or otherwise change the natural color of any chickens, ducklings, other fowl, or rabbits, or to possess for the purpose of sale or to be given away any of the above mentioned animals which have been so colored. B. It is unlawful to keep any wild animals and/or dangerous animals inside the city. C. It is unlawful to release or to allow to run at large any wild or vicious animal. (Ord. 1109 § 1 (part), 2001; Ord. 754 § 8, 1985) Link for more Information http://library7.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=16209&doc_action=whatsnew Information Last Updated 2010-03-31 19:57:34
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