can we have chickens in our neighborhood even with this ordinance????

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by prehensal, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. prehensal

    prehensal New Egg

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    We are a homeschool family and we really want chickens but our neighborhood has an ordinance against having chickens even when the county that we live in says we can have up to 4 chickens. but we think we found a way around the ordinance. here is the ordinance

    "THE KEEPING OF ANIMALS AND FOWLS IN ANY AREA WITHIN THE VILLAGE (the name of our neighborhood) NOT ZONED AS AN ANIMAL PRESERVE EXEPT CATS, DOGS, ANIMALS IN PUBLIC OR LICENSED ZOOS, AND FARM ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES"

    we were thinking that since we are a homeschool family that we could say that our house is a laboratory because the definition of a laboratory is......... [ laboratory |ˈlabrəˌtôrē|

    noun ( pl. -ries)
    a room or building equipped for scientific experiments, research, or teaching.] and that is exactly what we do in homeschool and our house is equipped for that stuff. please help [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, to me, it sounds like its worth a try. I would be sure to make certain your homeschooling credentials (if such exist, I am a middle aged bachelor with NO kids by choice, thank you) are up to snuff.
     
  3. midnightandshadow

    midnightandshadow Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah i think it would be ok i know people who have done that
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    No. This is not a valid loophole. If you are a home school, you are a HOME. If you are a laboratory, you no doubt need proper licensing from the state (at the very least), and in most cases certain inspections for health and safety. You will have to register as a business and all the paperwork that entails. If you try to get out of all that by saying you are a school, you will find that you must follow whatever licensing and other requirements there are for private schools.
     
  5. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you within city limits? If yes, there's no hope, if no,
    maybe you could petition for a variance, you may need so many of your neighbors signatures etc, and other specifications, like no roosters, or go the other route, your chickens are pets, not livestock, a school project,
    sounds like a tough ordinance what year was it enacted
     
  6. prehensal

    prehensal New Egg

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    we are in the county and 4 hens are allowed, but we l live in a township that has their own additional rules which override the county. I am not sure when it was set. Why would that matter?
     
  7. bullyforme

    bullyforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's a pretty strict ordinance. It excludes all other pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, parakeets, parrots, reptiles, fish, turtles, etc. That's a terribly written ordinance. I'd move to a friendlier neighborhood!
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:If your ownership of the property predates the ordinance, your permission to keep chickens is likely grandfathered in as a non-conforming use.
     
  9. lucyboo

    lucyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ok i know this is an older post but i have something to say about this post that i quoted!

    i am a homeschooled 8th grader and this is my second year of homeschooling! point is that i live in a neiborrhood where i have no clue if we are allowed to have chickens but we have 11 chickens and 6 under a broody hen!! it is your land to do what you want! now to some extent i agree with you about that you will probably have to get permits or whatever. but i feel affended that you said that it "isnt" a school! yes it is a school and a better one than most public schools and private in fact! i think that homeschoolers are awesome!!! lol

    good luck with your chickens!!!!! and with your SCHOOL!!!!!!!

    <3 kelsey
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:ok i know this is an older post but i have something to say about this post that i quoted!

    i am a homeschooled 8th grader and this is my second year of homeschooling! point is that i live in a neiborrhood where i have no clue if we are allowed to have chickens but we have 11 chickens and 6 under a broody hen!! it is your land to do what you want! now to some extent i agree with you about that you will probably have to get permits or whatever. but i feel affended that you said that it "isnt" a school! yes it is a school and a better one than most public schools and private in fact! i think that homeschoolers are awesome!!! lol

    good luck with your chickens!!!!! and with your SCHOOL!!!!!!!

    <3 kelsey

    This was not an older post; please note that I wrote it this past Tuesday. I did not say you are not properly schooled. I said that you are first and foremost a home, not a school. The purpose of your residence is for you and your family to live, Your family has chosen to school you in that setting instead of a location that's entire purpose is being a school (whether public or private). I was not remarking on the quality of your education at all; neither praising it nor denegrating it. Also, the proposed loophole was calling the home a laboratory, not calling it a school. Quite frankly, if there had been language allowing chickens to be kept in a school, that would be a much more valid loophole.

    There are reasons for laws and ordinances, as you should realize at your age. Taking the law into ones own hands because you don't like it creates anarchy. If you do not like a particular law or set of laws, work first within the system to change them.
     

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