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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by animalluvur1450, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. animalluvur1450

    animalluvur1450 New Egg

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    Good evening from NJ. I'm new to the forum, and sadly, i don't have any chickens, and I don't know if I will ever be able to living in my city [​IMG][​IMG] . Our regulations are super strict regarding chickens and I don't think I will be able to get any chickens, but I know I am already a big fan of backyard chickens because of my friend's neighbors. They own their own coop of chickens in their backyard and ivited us in there to see them, they have mostly rhode island reds, but two silkies as well. I thought it would be nice to post my city's regulations up here to see if other people have this kind of problem.

    Here they are:





    21-30 PIGEONS AND POULTRY.

    21-30.1 Keeping Pigeons and Poultry; Consent of Nearby Occupants.
    No person shall keep any pigeons or poultry unless there is filed with the Health Officer the written consent of a majority of the owners of the premises within seventy-five (75) feet from each corner of the coop on which the pigeons or poultry are to be kept. One (1) consent per property. (1972 Code § 20-19.1)

    21-30.2 Keeping Pigeons or Poultry; Limitations on Location, Number and Mobility.
    No pigeons, chickens or other poultry shall be kept within twenty (20) feet of any structure which is used for human habitation, occupation or assembly; provided, in no case shall any person or persons be permitted to keep more than a total of fifty (50) chickens, ducks or other poultry, including pigeons. No pigeons, chickens or other poultry shall be permitted to run, fly or stray within twenty (20) feet of such structure; provided, this shall not apply to homing pigeons. (1972 Code § 20-19.2)

    21-30.3 Pigeon and Poultry-Keeping Fee; Expiration Date.
    No person shall keep pigeons, chickens, or other poultry without having first obtained a license from the Health Officer. The annual fee shall be one hundred ($100.00) dollars and licenses shall expire on December 31st of each year. (1972 Code § 20-19.3; Ord. No. O-00-54 § 3; Ord. No. O-07-51 § 1)

    21-30.4 Keeping of Pigeons and Poultry; Sanitary Regulations.
    The following regulations and conditions for the keeping and housing of pigeons, chickens and other poultry shall be complied with:
    a. Structure:
    1. The house or coop shall be at least four (4) feet above ground and extend no higher than fourteen (14) feet above ground. Where the house or coop is to be located on an existing building rooftop, the house or coop shall extend no higher than eight (8) feet above the building rooftop. The house or coop shall not be more than eight hundred (800) cubic feet. The floor one(1) foot beyond the vertical wall line of the house or coop shall be constructed of impervious material. The house or coop shall not be within three (3) feet of the property lines. Two (2) sketches must be presented to the Building Department for approval and permit.
    2. The area under the structure is to be free and open.
    3. Final approval of the structure must be obtained from the Health Officer or his agent, and the Construction Official.
    b. Maintenance:
    1. Dry and well ventilated.
    2. Wall whitewashed or painted therein.
    3. The exterior of the structure to be aesthetically acceptable.
    4. Cleaned at least once a week between November 1 and May 1, twice a week between May 1 and November 1, and, if necessary, to be cleaned more often and be disinfected.
    5. Perches to be removable and kept clean.
    6. Nests to be removable, cleaned, aired and sunned at frequent intervals.
    7. Drinking fountains in the area where the house or coop is located shall be clean and supplied at all times with clean water.
    8. Yard in the area where the house or coop is located shall be clean and free from odors.
    9. Pigeons and poultry shall not create a noise disturbance across or within a residential real property boundary. The sound level limit between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. is sixty-five (65) dBA, and between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. is fifty (50) dBA.
    10. Pigeons and poultry coops or structures shall not be part of a residential or food establishment buildings, except poultry retail and wholesale establishments in conformance with the municipal zoning code.
    (1972 Code § 20-19.4)

    21-30.5 Existing Coops (Prior to Ordinance No. O-81-13).
    a. Structure:
    1. If there is an addition to the existing structure, it cannot extend higher than fourteen (14) feet above ground. If the addition is horizontal, the structure shall not be within three (3) feet of the property lines. The Construction Code, where applicable, will apply. Eight hundred (800) cubic feet will be the coop maximum.
    2. Final approval of the structure must be obtained from the Health Officer or his agent; also the Construction Official, if applicable.
    b. Maintenance:
    1. Dry and well ventilated.
    2. Wall whitewashed or painted therein.
    3. The exterior of the structure to be aesthetically acceptable.
    4. Cleaned at least once a week between November 1 and May 1, twice a week between May 1 and November 1, and if necessary, to be cleaned more often and be disinfected.
    5. Perches and nests to be kept cleaned; and if they are removable, to be cleaned, aired and sunned at frequent intervals.
    6. Drinking fountains in the area where the house or coop is located shall be clean and supplied at all times with clean water.
    7. Yard in the area where the house or coop is located shall be clean and free from odors.
    8. Pigeons and poultry shall not create a noise disturbance across or within a residential real property boundary. The sound level limit between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and is sixty –five (65) dBA, and between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. is fifty (50) dBA.
    (1972 Code § 20-19.5)

    I think its absolutely ridiculous! I can manage most of the things on the big, long list but, I dont know if I can find a good position for the coop where it isn't in the way, is three feet from property boundaries and is twenty feet from my neighbors houses! Its crazy! Can I get some other peoples opinions?? Thanks
     
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Hello animalluvur1450, Yes, you need to change your ordinances. There is an entire section of the forum dedicated to local ordinances: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewforum.php?id=37 Post your questions there. You'll get a lot of help and support there. Good luck and I hope you get chickens. [​IMG]
     
  3. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

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  4. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC...if having chickens is your heart's desire, don't give up!!! There is plenty of info on the internet to help you with changing your city ordinances!
     
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    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bella1210 Chillin' With My Peeps

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