Spotsylvania County Virginia Chicken Ordinance

Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
Max Chickens Allowedunknown
Roosters AllowedNo
Permit RequiredNo
Coop Restrictionsnone allowed
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Additional InformationSec. 4-6. Livestock and poultry running at large. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any livestock or poultry to permit the same to run at large beyond the limits of the boundaries of the lot or tract of land where such animal is confined. (Code 1980, § 4-3; Ord. No. 4-1, 4-23-91; Ord. No. 4-2, 6-1-93; Ord. No. 4-21, 8-10-04) State law references: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 55-316. Aniaml Noise laws: Sec. 4-16. Noise from animals. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to allow within the county barking or other noises to be made by any animal under his ownership or control, so as to be plainly audible within a residential dwelling of one (1) or more members of the community for more than two (2) cumulative hours during any twenty-four (24) hour period, provided, however, this section shall not apply to the following: (1) Those portions of the Berkeley and Livingston Districts which are located both south of the Norton Prong Creek and Po River, except (1) within the Meadowview Estates Subdivision and Taverneer Subdivision within the Berkeley District, (2) subdivisions or developments within the resort residential zoning district and (3) subdivisions or developments of ten (10) lots or more with an average lot size of one and one-half (1.5) acres or less. (b) For the purpose of this section, a person shall be deemed to have \\\"allowed\\\" his animal to bark or create noises which are plainly audible within a residential dwelling if he has once been put on notice by a sheriffs deputy or an animal control officer after two (2) persons who are not members of the same household, or one (1) person if there are no more than two (2) households within seven hundred fifty (750) feet of the property line of the noise source, lodge a complaint alleging a violation of subsection (a) and the person thereafter fails to confine such animal inside his dwelling unit or other enclosed structure or take other action to terminate such disturbance. It shall not be necessary for the sheriff\\\'s department or animal control officer to issue a new notice for each repeated occurrence. (c) Notwithstanding the above provisions of this section, animal noise emanating from any commercial kennel established prior to the development of any residential property upon which such sounds may be audible, shall not be considered noises in violation of this section. (d) This section shall be effective to the extent that it is not inconsistent with the Right to Farm Act, Section 3.2-300 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, as amended, as it relates to noise from agricultural animals, as the term is defined in the comprehensive animal care laws of the Code of Virginia. (e) A violation of this section shall constitute a Class 3 misdemeanor. Each instance shall constitute a separate offense. Third or subsequent violations shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor. (Ord. No. 4-2, 6-1-93; Ord. No. 4-4, 7-26-94; Ord. No. 4-9, 2-10-98; Ord. No. 4-10, 3-10-98; Ord. No. 4-11, 7-14-98; Ord. No. 4-12, 8-11-98; Ord. No. 4-13, 8-11-98; Ord. No. 4-16, 10-26-99; Ord. No. 4-17, 1-11-00; Ord. No. 4-18, 2-22-00; Ord. No. 4-19, 6-27-00; Ord. No. 4-20, 8-14-01; Ord. No. 4-21, 8-10-04; Ord. No. 4-26, 10-13-09)
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