Holyoke Massachusetts Chicken Ordinance

By chicksnchooks · Jan 11, 2012 ·
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    Holyoke Massachusetts Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
    Max Chickens AllowedNo limit given
    Roosters AllowedYes
    Permit RequiredNo
    Coop RestrictionsAt least 100ft from any abutting lot line of a residential used lot, & at least 100ft from any year-round surface water body.
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    Additional InformationPer Principal Planner in the Holyoke Planning Department: \"Below, please find the sections of the Holyoke Zoning Ordinance which would apply to animals, in particular to your question, fowl. In brief, agricultural uses are allowed in all RA districts as of right as found in Sec 2 Definitions Agriculture use, nonexempt and the Table of Principle Uses Sec 4.3 with the regulations set forth in Sec 4.4.2 which outlines setbacks. All other parcels in any zone having five acres or more (Sec 2 / Sec 4.3) would allow for animals as well. There may be some additonal regulations when it comes to keeping such animals that would be regulated by the Board of Health 413-322-5595, for those, you can contact the Board of Health Director, or the Animal Control Officer for more details.\" Chapter 2.0 DEFINITIONS Agricultural use, nonexempt: Agricultural use of property not exempted by G.L. c. 40A, s. 3. No such use shall be located on a lot with less than five acres in area unless it is located in an RA district. In RA districts, the normal lot dimensions shall apply. No such use shall be located within 200 feet of any property line, other than a residential property in an RA district. Chapter 4.3 states regarding TABLE OF PRINCIPAL USES: PRINCIPAL USE RA R1 R1A R2 RMLD RM20 RM40 RM60 RO DR BL BC BG Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y BH BE IG WM IP OP SC Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 6. Use of land for the primary purpose of agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, or viticulture on a parcel of more than five acres in area Chapter 4.4.2 states regarding Permitted Uses: The following accessory uses are specifically authorized in the districts indicated: Animals accessory to dwellings, including cattle, horses, sheep, hogs, goats, game birds or similar livestock shall be permitted accessory to a dwelling. Such animals and their wastes shall be contained at least one hundred (100’) feet from any abutting lot line of a residentially used lot, and at least one hundred (100’) feet from any year-round surface water body. RA only
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    Information Last Updated2010-04-30 12:00:49

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