Danvers Massachusetts Chicken Ordinance

By jmacinnis · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. jmacinnis
    Danvers Massachusetts Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
    Max Chickens Allowed15 on lots 20,00 sq ft or smaller; 1 additional animal for each 2,000 sq ft beyond the initial 20,000 sq ft
    Roosters AllowedNo
    Permit RequiredNo
    Coop Restrictions15 ft from an abutting residential lot line
    City/Organization Contact name
    Additional InformationZoning By Laws - Section 40 Definitions ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - Residential: the raising and keeping of animals, as an accessory use to a single family dwelling, where all accessory uses, such as barns, pens, cages, water / feeding stations and waste storage / disposal areas shall be located at least fifteen (15) ft. from an abutting residential lot line. By-right: small animals (less than 15 pounds), including but not limited to ducks, geese, pigeons, chickens and rabbits, provided that: • the total number of animals does not exceed fifteen (15) on lots of 20,000 sq. ft. or smaller; on lots larger than 20,000, one additional animal is allowed for each 2,000 sq. ft. beyond the initial 20,000 sq. ft. Special permit: • the total number of animals exceeds fifteen (15) larger animals (more than fifteen (15) pounds), including but limited to cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys and goats
    Link for more Informationhttp://www.danvers.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={B2D52330-F2E2-4E8F-9741-050A8B4264E0}&DE={6B84B457-33CD-4D9E-B7A7-68A4410816A3}
    Information Last Updated2010-03-30 16:37:23

    NOTE: This information was submitted by a member of our chicken forum. Please make sure to double check that this information is accurate before you proceed with raising chickens. You can read more info about checking local laws here..

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  1. luvmychixandducks
    The above information is incomplete and misleading. Based on the above post I acquired ducks and chicks with housing and pens, all within the limits of the above post and was informed by zoning that the rules for agricultural use are different based on whether you are in a Residence 1 residence 2 or residence 3 zone.
    Since I was in a Residence 1 zone I was required to divest myself of all small animals including chickens ducks and bunnies.
    I was given the opportunity to appeal the zoning bylaw but the cost was prohibitive.
    If you are in Danvers do not believe what you read above - check at town hall on the zoning map to see if you can have small animals.

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