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Suffield Connecticut Chicken Ordinance

By LarryPQ · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. LarryPQ
    Suffield Connecticut Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationNo
    Max Chickens Allowed
    Roosters AllowedNo
    Permit RequiredNo
    Coop Restrictionsjust as to placement/location
    City/Organization Contact name
    Additional InformationThe zoning regulations of this code are antiquated. We received a letter from the Zoning Enforecement officer who basically said that b/c don\\\'t have \\\"five acres\\\" of land (the definition of a \\\"farm\\\") that we were in violation of the zoning code. The town of Suffield\\\'s Zoning regulations are \\\"SILENT\\\" as to the keeping of chickens on residential properties and as such, that use of residential property is prohibited (by definition). DEFINITIONS: FARM: A tract of land containing five (5) or more acres used in part or wholly for agricultural purposes. In the case of a portion of a farm used for the keeping of pigs, fur-bearing animals, poultry, or wildlife for commercial purposes, an agricultural buffer with a minimum width of fifty (50) feet from all property lines is required. POULTRY: Chickens, turkeys, pheasants, ducks, and other birds customarily raised for their meat and/or eggs for commercial purposes. Section III. F.Accessory Buildings 5. Accessory buildings to farming use, buildings housing farm animals and poultry, and farm boarding houses are permitted not less than one-hundred (100) feet from a street or lot line, and not less than one-hundred-fifty (150) feet from the nearest existing residential building on land under separate ownership.
    Link for more Informationhttp://www.suffieldtownhall.com/filestorage/2951/163/1715/Regs._Effective_12-09.pdf
    Information Last Updated2010-03-21 00:00:00

    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. ADozenGirlz
    After more than two years of legal wrangling and public hearings, I am pleased to report that the Suffield Connecticut Zoning Commission legalized backyard chicken keeping on properties of at least 1/4 acre with certain restrictions. The full text of the regulation passed on October can be read HERE.

    NOTE: The last sentence of paragraph 3 was illegally added in violation of the State of Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and the regulation is being amended as a result.

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