If I live in a "Right to Farm" town can my neighborhood have rules against owning chickens?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by FarmerOnWheels, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. FarmerOnWheels

    FarmerOnWheels New Egg

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    Hey guys, I live in Middleboro, MA. From what I understand the town has a "right to farm" law, but I'm curious if my neighborhood would be allowed to ban poultry if that were the case. I haven't actually checked just yet, just want to beprepared for anything thrown at me when I look further into it.
     
  2. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
    it's best to check your city ordinances or call the code compliance department

    each city will often have their own website

    so look under ordinances or just call them

    be sure to call the code compliance department.. better yet a code inspector if they have the name and direct phone number posted
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Most subdivisions or developments have "Covenants" that band certain uses of the land. These rules are generally the responsibility of the residents of the development or a homeowners association to enforce. Generally you can only enforce the rules by suing the homeowner deemed in violation of the covenant. Judges hate these cases because there is always two sides who is upset over his ruling and it is never good politics for a judge to boast at the monthly Lions Club meeting about how he kicked a poor widow woman with too many felines out of her house.
     
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    I just quickly read the law and it appears to protect properly zoned commercial farms in proximity to urban areas from common complaints like noise, smell or dust etc... From my reading it's not forbidding a town or association from regulating farming activities under zoning laws or other ordinances if they fall outside the scope of the protected commercial farming...

     

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