Tampa Florida Chicken Ordinance

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Are Chickens Allowed in Tampa?Yes (but with conditions)
Max Chickens Allowed:1 chicken/1000 SF land (rounded down)
Roosters Allowed:No
Permit Required:No
Coop Restrictions:See Additional Information
Organization Contact Numbers:
City of Tampa, Department of Code Enforcement: 813-274-8211
Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Dept: 813-274-6600
Additional Information:
Tampa Ordinance No. 2013-101 has amended chicken-keeping laws in Tampa, effective August 1, 2013.


Sec. 27-43. Definitions has been amended to define chickens as domestic/companion animals rather than farm animals:

Domestic or companion animal: any animal, including aquatic
animals, kept for pleasure rather than utility; domestic
egg-laying chickens; an animal of a species that has been bred
and raised to live in or about the habitation of humans and is
dependent on people for food and shelter; any animal not
deemed to be a wild or exotic animal pursuant to Florida Game
and Freshwater Fish Commission regulations ....


Sec. 27-282.25. Kennel, small has been amended to allow up to ten chickens in a small kennel:

Permitted Animals:

• Domestic (excluding domestic egg-laying chickens),
companion, utility, assistance animals, wild exotic
Number: 0-10 Animals
Other:
• Outdoor pens/runs: Minimum 10' setback from any
single-family use
• Must adhere to Florida Game and Freshwater Fish
Commission regulations...

• Domestic egg-laying chickens
Number: 0-10 Animals
Other:
• Maximum number of animals is in addition to maximum
shown above
• Outdoor coops to adhere to setback for outdoor
pen/run above

...
NOTE: Sec. 27-282.26. Kennel, large has been similarly amended


Sec. 27-282.27. Animals, in general has been amended to exclude egg-laying chickens from the general regulations for fowl:

(1) It is unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or maintain any
farm animal, except under the following conditions:

(a) Animals must be kept within an enclosed area which is a
minimum of two hundred (200) feet from any dwelling on an
adjoining parcel of land in separate ownership.

(b) Land requirements per animal shall be as follows:
...
3. Fowl (excluding domestic egg-laying chickens): Five
thousand (5,000) square feet of land for each five (5)
fowl or fraction thereof;


Sec. 27-282.28. Chickens as accessory use has been created to state:

Chickens as an accessory use shall adhere to the following
requirements:

Chickens
• Hens only (no roosters allowed)
• 1 chicken / 1000 SF land (rounded down)
• Shall not count as part of total number of animals permitted for
a "family" (as defined in sec. 27-43)
• Must be kept in an enclosed area (fenced or walled) at all times
• Coop must be present on property in order to keep chickens

Coops
• Setbacks must adhere to sec. 27-290 Accessory Structures
standards
• Maximum height: 6'
• Max area/size/coverage of land: 125 SF


Finally, Sec. 27-290. Accessory structure states:

(1) Accessory structures to a single-family detached dwelling in
all districts.

a. Accessory structures with a gross floor area (including parking
areas) of less than fifteen (15) percent of the minimum required
lot size.

1. Accessory structures must meet the following setbacks:

In RS-75, RS-100, RS-150:
From front lot line: 60 feet
From corner lot line: 15 feet
From side lot line: 3 feet
From rear lot line: 3 feet

In All Other Residential Districts:
From front lot line: 60 feet
From corner lot line: 7 feet*
From side lot line: 3 feet
From rear lot line: 3 feet
....

(7) All accessory structures must be setback a minimum of 15 feet
from any seawall or jurisdictional high water line on the
Hillsborough River.

Link(s) For More Information:
http://www.tampagov.net/msg?ID=246
http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10132
Information Last Updated:2013-08-10 5:58 PM EDT
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