Holland Massachusetts Chicken Ordinance

By LarryPQ · Jan 11, 2012 ·
  1. LarryPQ
    Holland Massachusetts Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
    Max Chickens Alloweddepends on lot size- ZONING RESTRICTIONS APPLY
    Roosters AllowedYes
    Permit RequiredNo
    Coop Restrictionsdepends on lot size
    City/Organization Contact nameTown of Holland 27 Sturbridge Road, Holland, MA 01521 Phone: 413-245-7108 Fax: 413-245-7037 Hours Vary by Department
    Additional Information7.A Accessory Uses (a) The keeping of farm animals, to include all farm animals and exotics, and a related private stable, for personal use, are permitted as accessory uses in accordance with the following conditions: 1. The minimum acreage required for keeping any farm or exotic animal, except as described below, shall be 30,000 square feet for the first animal and 15,000 square feet for each additional such animal. Animals under six (6) months of age not to be counted for acreage requirements. 2. The minimum acreage required for keeping sheep, goats, llama, rabbits, or poultry, except as allowed under household pets, shall be 30,000 square feet for up to three (3) animals and 10,000 square feet for each additional such animal. (The requirements for these animals are less stringent than other farm animals because these animals have less environmental impact.) Animals under six (6) months of age are not to be counted for acreage requirements. SECTION VII. cont. 3. The location of any stable shall not be less than one hundred (100) feet from any street lot line, and not less than thirty (30) feet from any other lot line. 4. There must be adequate fencing to contain all farm animals at least twenty (20) feet from all property boundaries at all times, except when animals are being directly supervised by and under control of a person. 5. Stables, corrals and yards shall be properly drained and reasonably free from excessive odor, dust, and mud, so as not to create a nuisance or health hazard to the community or to surrounding property owners, from an air or drainage pollution standpoint. Maintenance of the stable and property used in the keeping of animals shall conform to all health and wetland regulations. (b) Horses, ponies, llamas and sheep may be kept for personal use without being accessory to any other use, otherwise in accordance with this section. (c) The keeping of the household pets, for personal use, is permitted as an accessory use for animals commonly considered household pets including dogs, cats, fish, and birds (parrots, parakeets, doves, pigeons, etc.), six (6) or fewer rabbits, and three (3) or fewer ducks or hens. (6) The following regulations shall apply to Accessory Buildings: (a) No accessory building shall be used as a dwelling except in a business district for the accommodation of a caretaker or foreman employed by a business on that site. (b) Location: Accessory structures attached to principal structures shall be located in accordance with the dimensional controls in the schedule (Section IV) for the district(s) in which they are located. Detached accessory structures may be erected in the rear yard area provided: 1. An accessory building may be located within the required rear or side yard of the principal building, but it shall not be located nearer to any street line than the minimum setback in the zoning district in which it is located. 2. No accessory building shall be within fifteen (15) feet of any side nor forty (40) feet of the rear lot line. 3. An accessory building in a residence district shall not be located nearer than ten (10) feet to the principal building. 4. It must conform to the requirements of Section IV. Intensity Regulations. 5. In residential zoning districts, accessory uses and structures are allowed on a lot adjoining or immediately opposite and across a road from the lot on which the principal use it serves is located, provided that both lots are retained in identical ownership with respect to both fee and non-fee interests. (c) Height: In all districts except Business, no accessory structure shall be higher than two and one-half stories or exceed 42 feet.. SECTION VII. cont. (7) Signs for an accessory use having no commercial message and which bear only house numbers, post box numbers, names of residents, or identification of premises and do not exceed two (2) square feet in aggregate area per premises are allowed in all Districts. The sign may include identification of an on-premise professional office or customary home occupation allowed by this Section. (8) Farm buildings. The provisions of this section shall not apply to agricultural structures; how ever, all such buildings shall be located at least 50 feet from residence districts other than AR.
    Link for more Informationhttp://hollandma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/HollandMA_WebDocs/bylaws
    Information Last Updated2010-07-23 11:07:49

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