Tampa Florida Chicken Ordinance

By Coopa Cabana · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Aug 10, 2013 ·
  1. Coopa Cabana
    Tampa Florida Chicken Ordinance

    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
    • 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
    • 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

    • 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

    • Setbacks must adhere to sec. 27-290 Accessory Structures
    • 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:
    Information Last Updated:2013-08-10 5:58 PM EDT

    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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