I just received a code violation in Lake County, FL for having two chickens, which I've had for six months. Someone reported my neighbor's rooster and the code enforcement officer saw our chicken coop and wrote us up too. I did a little research before getting them and did not see any restrictions. The notice said chickens are not a permitted use for my zone and I needed to remove them within 14 days or try to re-zone my property. After receiving the notice, I did some more in-depth reading of the ordinances and still did not see anything precluding me from having chickens. The code officer left his number on the notice and after multiple calls, we have still not been able to get in touch with him. I called the enforcement office this morning to ask the county's rule on chickens. I asked for the code section where it "specifically says chickens are not allowed." I was basically told that since chickens are not specifically listed as a permitted use, then it is not a permitted use. I told the person if that is how they are looking at it, then there are a lot of things that should not be permitted as they are not "specifically listed." Vegetable gardens are not specifically listed, so I'm surprised I didn't get a code violation for that one too . I live outside the city limits, so we are under the county rules. I called the city code office and confirmed they allow chickens. The person I spoke to was surprised the county does not allow it. I am going to argue that they have no basis to require me to remove my chickens. I think a reasonable person should be able to read the ordinance and understand what is and is not allowed. Has anyone had any success fighting a code violation where the code is silent on an issue? My next step is to determine the process for contesting a violation. The website was not helpful at all, but I want to wait to call back until I talk with my lawyer friend. Thanks for any help!