Getting an HOA variance (in Las Vegas, Nevada)

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by Sunfeathers, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Sunfeathers

    Sunfeathers New Egg

    Mar 15, 2017
    Las Vegas
    Hi everyone! I've just joined, so this is my first post. :) I'm here for help and advice... I am currently under contract for a home in an HOA that doesn't allow chickens. I know, I know... I checked with the owners and called the HOA before first placing an offer on the place and no one knew of any restrictions on chickens, but now that I have received the CC&Rs it's plain as day that they are against the rules.

    The HOA is not active and every resident I've spoken to (the owners, a friend of mine, and our neighbors-to-be) say the HOA is extremely hands-off, but I would be afraid that "sneaking" the chickens would set me up for potential problems later on. So my plan is to put together a comprehensive request for a variance and submit to the HOA for approval to prevent that from happening.

    I am thinking if I collect documentation on our local laws showing that it's OK, some basic info assuaging fears about noise/cleanliness/smells, letters from my neighbors okaying me having chickens (neighbors already said they are OK with them), and a description of my desired setup (coop and completely covered run at the back of the lot and not next to neighbor's walls), I have a good shot.

    Does anyone have any advice or good information I can incorporate into my variance request? Has anyone done this? The home is located in Clark County jurisdiction-wise (Durango and Jones-ish if you're a local) on a 10,000SF+ lot, so from what I have read chickens should be A-OK in all ways except by the HOA's rules. Any information or advice is appreciated, I really want this home but I ALSO really want chickens!

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