Orange County Florida Chicken Ordinance
Are Chickens Allowed in this location Yes Max Chickens Allowed 30-Orlando adopted the Orange Country rules in 1991 Roosters Allowed Yes Permit Required No Coop Restrictions Proximity restrictions and sanitation rules apply City/Organization Contact name Additional Information (\"Poultry\" shall mean domestic fowl such as chickens, roosters, turkeys, ducks, geese, pigeons, hens, quails, pheasants and squabs.) (Ord. No. 97-05, § 5f, 4-29-97) (37) The raising or keeping of poultry for domestic purposes shall be a permitted use, provided that it is limited to thirty (30) birds or less, and the lot is located a minimum of one hundred (100) feet from all residential zoned districts. All pens, enclosures, or waste disposal activities shall not be located any closer than fifty (50) feet from the property line or one hundred (100) feet from a residential dwelling unit and shall not be located any closer than fifty (50) feet from the normal high water elevation of any natural water body. (\"Poultry\" shall mean domestic fowl such as chickens, roosters, turkeys, ducks, geese, pigeons, hens, quails, pheasants and squabs.) Link for more Information http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10182&stateId=9&stateName=Florida Information Last Updated 2010-03-26 12:12:05
The info above is correct for a very small part of Orange County residents. If you read the ordinance, it states that the "lot is located a minimum of one hundred (100) feet from all residential zoned districts." That means that you must live in an area zoned as Agricultural, Citrus Rural or Farmland Rural. All the other zoning would be considered residential and not allowed under the ordinance listed above.
However, on May 16, 2013 the Orange County Zoning Board did approve a new pilot ordinance for backyard hens in areas zoned residential.
There are a lot of limitations. Only 3 hens allowed, coop height must be less than 6 feet, overall size of coop and pen has maximum size of 100 square feet. You have to submit site plans for the coop and attend a class. There are a lot of hoops to jump through. But, it's a start. I will post more details as soon as I have the final copy of the ordinance.
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..