Chapter 57. LIVESTOCK [HISTORY: Adopted by Common Council of City of North Tonawanda 11-17-1958. Amendments noted where applicable.] GENERAL REFERENCES Dog kennels See Ch. 32. Dogs See Ch. 33. § 57-1. Definitions. [Amended 8-21-79] The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and the enforcement of this ordinance: ANIMALS or LIVESTOCK Includes burros, cows, donkeys, goats, horses, mules, pigs, sheep, bees or other insects and any other brute or beast as distinguished from man and shall not be construed to apply to dogs and cats. HEALTH OFFICER The Health Officer of the City of North Tonawanda, New York, or a representative of the Niagara County Health Department or a representative of the New York State Health Department or an authorized representative of either of the above Departments. POULTRY Includes chickens, ducks, geese, guinea hens, pheasants, turkeys, pigeons and/or other fowl. RABBIT Includes any small animal of the hare family. § 57-2. Maintenance of animals or livestock. From and after the enactment of this ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to harbor or maintain any animals or livestock within the limits of the City of North Tonawanda, New York. This section shall not be construed to apply to slaughterhouses and abattoirs that are covered in the provisions of other city ordinances. § 57-3. Maintenance of live rabbits and poultry. From and after the enactment of this ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to harbor or maintain any live rabbits or poultry in any yard, area, cellar, coop, building premises, public market or other public place in the City of North Tonawanda, New York, who does not possess an unrevoked permit from the Health Officer. § 57-4. Permits and fees. A. Permits for the maintenance of live rabbits and/or poultry may, after investigation, be issued at a fee of $3 for a period of one-year beginning January 1 and shall be renewable within a period of 30 days following expiration. B. Permits to maintain registered racing homing pigeon lofts may, after investigation, be issued without fee in consideration of the contributions of owners of these lofts to Civil Defense. C. Permits may be temporarily suspended or revoked by the Health Officer at any time when, in his opinion, rabbits or poultry are found to constitute a health nuisance. § 57-5. Restriction of live rabbits and/or poultry. All live rabbits and/or poultry shall be confined to proper areas and shall not be allowed to roam at large. This section shall not be construed to apply to pigeons. § 57-6. Housing of rabbits and poultry. All structures for the feeding and maintenance of rabbits and/or poultry shall be constructed and maintained in a manner as approved by the Health Officer. § 57-7. Enforcement. [Amended 8-21-79] This ordinance shall be enforced by the Health Officer and the North Tonawanda Building Inspector. § 57-8. Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation violating any provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $50 or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or by both. § 57-9. Repealer; when effective. All ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed; and this ordinance shall be in full force and take effect immediately upon its adoption and publication. § 57-10. Severability. Should any paragraph, section, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance be declared unconstitutional or invalid for any reason, the remainder of the said ordinance shall not be affected thereby. This is North Tonawanda's code for chicken keeping. I went to the code enforcement office this morning to see what "specifically" would be needed to meet with the requirements of obtaining a permit and was told "yeah that's the code, but we don't have a health officer so there's no permit" . Anyone else run into anything similar? Any thoughts? Experiences?