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Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Mrsfoote, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Songster

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    Sec. 27-607. Livestock and fowl. Livestock, as defined in BMCC section 27-201, shall not be maintained in any zoning district located within the limits of the city (see also BMCC sections 4-501 through 4-505). However, horses may be permitted in the city when located within a planned development, as described in section 27-1303, that is specifically designed to accomodate horses and/or equestrian centers. Areas located outside the limits of the city, but within certain agricultural or residential zoning districts, as shown in the residential district regulations (see BMCC section 27-305), shall be permitted to maintain livestock and/or fowl. In addition, livestock and/or fowl may be permitted as part of a planned development, as described in section 27-1303, and are also exempt from the following animal unit standards, unless specifically referenced within the Planned Development Agreement. However, the standards outlined below must be satisfied, depending upon the size of the property. The allowance of livestock and/or fowl in commercial or industrial zoning districts, situated outside the limits of the City of Billings, may be permitted when the regulations established in below subsection (b) are met, regardless of the lot size. However, if the number of animals requested exceeds the allowed limit in below subsection (b), then the property must conform to the uses allowed by right or through special review, as shown in the commercial/industrial district regulations matrix in BMCC section 27-306. (a) Lots which are 2.5 net acres or less in size are allowed to have livestock and/or fowl provided that all of the following regulations are satisfied. (1) One (1) livestock and/or fowl unit is allowed per twenty thousand (20,000) square feet of land devoted exclusively to the raising of the animal(s). Livestock or fowl that are listed in the livestock and/or fowl unit table(s) below are allowed types of animals under this subsection, with the exception of bison. (2) Supplemental feeding of the animal(s) is required. (3) Any keeping of animal(s) in this section shall be secondary and accessory to the primary residential use of the property. Commercial breeding and/or commercial raising of any type of animal or fowl shall be prohibited, except as allowed by right or through special review in the residential district regulations matrix located in BMCC section 27-305. (4) In addition to the above regulations, project animal(s), as defined in BMCC section 27-201, are allowed, but shall be limited to one (1) livestock or fowl unit (as defined below) per youth actively enrolled in F.F.A., 4-H or other similar types of programs. In addition, project animals are required to be supplementally fed and shall only be allowed to remain on the property for no more than six (6) months during any twelve (12) month period. Breeding projects shall be exempt from the above time limit. (5) All accessory structures used for the purpose of housing, keeping or sheltering livestock or fowl shall be setback a distance of fifty (50) feet from any property line and fifty (50) feet from any dwelling. (6) No accessory building or structure used for the housing of livestock or fowl shall occupy any portion of a required front yard in any district, except in the agricultural-open space (A-1) zoning district. See BMCC section 27-310, for the allowed maximum size of detached accessory structures. (b) Lots which are 2.51 to 9.99 net acres in size are allowed to have livestock and/or fowl provided that all of the following regulations are met. (1) One (1) livestock and/or fowl unit per one (1) acre of land devoted exclusively to the raising of the animal(s), in which the animal(s) is supplementally fed and/or is on irrigated pasture land. (2) One (1) livestock and/or fowl unit per four (4) acres of land devoted exclusively to the raising of the animal(s), in which there is no supplemental feeding and/or the animal is on unirrigated pasture land. (3) In addition to the above regulations, project animal(s), as defined in BMCC section 27-201, are allowed, but shall be limited to one (1) livestock or fowl unit (as defined below) per youth actively enrolled in F.F.A., 4-H or other similar types of programs. In addition, project animals are required to be supplementally fed and shall only be allowed to remain on the property for no more than six (6) months during any twelve (12) month period. Breeding projects shall be exempt from the above time limit. (4) All accessory structures used for the purpose of housing, keeping or sheltering livestock or fowl shall be setback a distance of one-hundred (100) feet from any property line and fifty (50) feet from any dwelling. (5) No accessory building or structure used for the housing of livestock or fowl shall occupy any portion of a required front yard in any district, except in the agricultural-open space (A-1) zoning district. See BMCC section 27-310, for the allowed maximum size of detached accessory structures. (c) Lots which are greater than 9.99 net acres shall be exempt from this section. (d) Livestock and fowl units, for the purpose of this section, shall be defined as follows: Fowl Class Fowl Units Hens, roosters or ducks .25 each Turkeys or geese .50 eac Article 23-200 ...c) the raising of livestock, bees, fur-bearing animals, or poultry; and (d) any practices, including forestry or lumbering operations...includes a horticultural, viticultural, dairy, livestock, poultry, bee, other farm or garden product, fish or fishery product... 27-200 dairying, pasturage agriculture, grazing land, animal and poultry husbandry, horticulture, floriculture, viticulture, including...Fowl shall include chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys and other poultry. Lot: A tract of land, no matter how legally described... [Find more like this document] [Refine search by 27-300A A 021 Livestock, except dairy and poultry SR 07 Agricultural Services (except below...2013 Meat products SR A 2015 Poultry slaughtering and processing plants SR ... [Find more like this document] [Refine
     

  2. gmendoza

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    Sorry but I can only stand so much gibberish. [​IMG] Cant help you here.
     
  3. SG_Chicken

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    Who have you tried to call

    Game & Fish
    Animal Control
    Ag Extention office
     
  4. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Songster

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    I've tried animal control
     
  5. elmo

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    I'm a lawyer. On behalf of all lawyers everywhere, I apologize for the bad lawyering that resulted in this gobbledygook.

    Ok. Let's start with the easy part and see if we can work from there. Are you within the city limits of Billings?
     
  6. SG_Chicken

    SG_Chicken Chirping

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    You should be able to call you Ag Extension Agent. Look up the fairgrounds there in Billings, I am sure they can help you get your answers.
     
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  7. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Songster

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    Yes I'm in the city limits
     

  8. onthespot

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    How big is your lot, how is it zoned and are your kids in 4H?
     
  9. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Songster

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    Our house sits on 2 lots no idea about the zone and such....
     
  10. onthespot

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    Until you know how much land you have and what it is zoned for, you will never know how many birds you are allowed. City planning can tell you the zoning if you give them the Tax Asessors parcel number.
     

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