Fort Worth, Texas

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by Gypsi, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Gypsi

    Gypsi Chillin' With My Peeps

    I want to add another beehive, not wanting all of my eggs in one basket again, but before I spent the money I decided to search city ordinances online. These are Fort Worth, Texas chicken rules. Bees aren't mentioned per the search I ran.

    Sec. 11A-22. - Keeping of rabbits, guinea pigs, pigeons, and certain fowl.

    (a)
    In this section, "regulated animal" means any rabbit, guinea pig, or pigeon and any "fowl" as defined by this section. For purposes of this section, the term "fowl" shall include any bird used for food or sport or kept as a pet but shall not include pigeons, emus, ostriches, or rheas. For the purposes of this section "rooster" shall mean a male chicken (species Gallus domesticus).
    (b)
    A person commits an offense if the person knowingly keeps or maintains any number of rabbits, guinea pigs, pigeons and/or fowl within fifty (50) feet of any regulated structures as defined in section (f).
    (c)
    A person commits an offense if, on one (1) acre or more of property, the person knowingly
    (1)
    Keeps or maintains more than fifty (50) fowl;
    (2)
    Keeps or maintains more than two (2) roosters on property that is zoned as residential or mixed-use commercial in accordance with Appendix A of the Code of the City of Fort Worth, regardless of the total number of fowl being kept; or
    (3)
    Keeps or maintains any number of fowl not contained within a coop or pen.
    For purposes of this section a pen or coop shall include any fully enclosed structure specifically designed and constructed to constrain animals or birds within its confines.

    (d)
    A person commits an offense if, on one-half (½) acre or less, the person knowingly
    (1)
    Keeps or maintains more than twelve (12) fowl;
    (2)
    Keeps or maintains more than two (2) roosters on property that is zoned as residential or mixed-use commercial in accordance with Appendix A of the Code of the City of Fort Worth, regardless of the total number of fowl being kept; or
    (3)
    Keeps or maintains any number of fowl not contained within a coop or pen.
    (e)
    A person commits an offense if, on more than one-half (½) acre but less than one acre, the person knowingly
    (1)
    Keeps or maintains more than twenty-five (25) fowl;
    (2)
    Keeps or maintains more than two (2) roosters on property that is zoned as residential or mixed-use commercial in accordance with Appendix A of the Code of the City of Fort Worth, regardless of the total number of fowl being kept; or
    (3)
    Keeps or maintains any number of fowl not contained within a pen or coop.
    (f)
    For purposes of this section, a "regulated structure" shall be:
    (1)
    Any residence, structure, or building used for human habitation, other than the person's habitation;
    (2)
    Restaurant, cafe, or eating establishment;
    (3)
    Church, school, hospital, convalescent home, nursing home, or residential treatment facility;
    (4)
    Daycare facility, facility offering medical or dental services, hotel, motel, or other lodging facility.
    (g)
    If a regulated animal is kept in or confined by any building or structure, such as a stable, barn, shed, pen, or fence, the distances required by subsection (b) shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of such building or structure to the nearest point of the closest regulated structure.
    (h)
    A person keeping or maintaining any regulated animals commits an offense if the person fails to:
    (1)
    Collect the animals' wastes daily in a rat-proof and fly-tight container or receptacle;
    (2)
    Store wastes collected pursuant to subsection (h)(1) in a closed fly-proof and rat-proof container, and in a manner that prevents the escape of odors from the container; and
    (3)
    Dispose of wastes collected pursuant to subsection (h)(1) at least once each week in a manner that prevents the breeding of flies.
    (i)
    These provisions shall not apply to:
    (1)
    Any facility related to public safety;
    (2)
    Legally operating agricultural activities;
    (3)
    Legally operating commercial enterprises where the keeping or maintaining of regulated animals is in compliance as a use by right.
    (j)
    It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the animal in question is
    (1)
    Subject of a valid continuance permit issued pursuant to Ordinance 14115;
    (2)
    Being kept at City-owned or operated property for exhibition for a period not exceeding twenty-one (21) days in connection with an agricultural exposition or fair; or
    (3)
    Being kept for sale, for a period not exceeding fourteen (14) days, within the boundaries of the Fort Worth Stockyards located at 131 East Exchange Street.
    (Ord. N
     
  2. Good luck making heads or tails out of that................hope you finds bees are easier to keep[​IMG]
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems that bees would be unregulated.

    Chris
     
  4. microsat

    microsat Out Of The Brooder

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    May I ask where you found this ordinance? Has it been updated in 2013?
     
  5. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm jealous of the 50 ft. It's 125 in my city which makes me keep my girls on the "down low".
     

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