laws in plantation, florida

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by rocko, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. rocko

    rocko New Egg

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    I checked my local ordinance before my husband set up our coop and I figured we ought to be OK with hens only. Since then two things have happened.

    One, my hen started laying now at 6 mo of age and that egg song she does is really loud and quite obviously the sound of a chicken to any of my neighbors. We're on a 1 acre lot, but in the type of neighborhood where people will complain and they will do so by calling the city officials.

    Two, in the city of Hollywood, Florida (very close in the same county of Broward) a case recently went to the county level and it was ruled that the chicken was not domestic and therefore must go.

    Can someone take a peek at Plantation's ordinances (plantation.org)? I see no mention of livestock. It looks like, on paper, chickens here would only be a problem if they are a noise nuisance. I wonder what stances or arguments folks have taken with any given city when cited.

    thanks

    BTW- those eggs she popped out as of this week were fabulous!
     
  2. SarasotaClucker

    SarasotaClucker Out Of The Brooder

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    I would encourage you to resist the unstated, implicit standard (no noise can leave your property) and instead compare the egg-laying cackle to occasional barking or cat fights. A neighborhood is not a place of silence, but rather one of noises we don't control. Our noise ordinance says (abridged) "frequently or for continued duration . . . makes sounds in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of a reasonable person of normal sensibilities." look for similar language. if it is not frequent or of continued duration, it should be comparable to other neighborhood sounds. See also http://sarasotacluck.blogspot.com/2010/11/noisy-chickens-quieter-than.html
     
  3. gabbyik

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    Hi, We have 3 hens in Plantation, Florida and just got a complaint. I'm so worried!! My children love these hens!
     
  4. TLMAlexGro

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    Do you have an update for this? I have friends in Plantation who might want chickens. Thanks! I hope it turned out okay.
     
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    Check out noise disturbances 4-5. I want to get a couple of layers and our hood has the animals at South Plantation HS. We have a huge yard and I hear a rooster in the AM when I walk my dog that I know isn't coming from there. So I'm pretty sure ppl in my area have chickens.
    http://www.plantation.org/docs/ordinances/chap4.pdf
     
  6. mjsfarmgirl

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    Hello! I have no answers for you BUT I do live in Plantation and I would like to have backyard chickens at some point in the future. Currently my husband and I are in an apt, but I do aspire to have a mini farmstead and have no idea where to move to. There are no small rural locations in south Florida that I've found... or are there? I wish there was a pretty, maintained housing development for like-minded urban farm dwellers such as ourselves.... Thoughts?
     
  7. Astrid Bencosme

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    In Plantation City is ok to have up to 25 chickens, horses and cows are ok. Enclosure must be 50 feet from property line.
     
  8. Astrid Bencosme

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    In Plantation City is ok to have up to 25 chickens, horses and cows are ok. Enclosure must be with in 50 feets from property line.
     
  9. ChickenChipmunk

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    Ya'll, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that rule above is only for Plantation Acres (definitely out of my price range) and they must be kept 50 feet from the property line.

    I'm being forced to rehome my chickens due to this ordinance (27-646):
    Other than in the RS-1EP zoning
    districts of the City of Plantation and the aforedescribed council-designated areas of vacant land where
    commercial farming and grazing of livestock are permitted on a temporary basis as a nonconforming use
    of land (as herein defined and set forth), no animals, livestock, poultry or barnyard fowl of any kind shall be
    raised, kept, or harbored; except that dogs, cats and other household pets may be kept, provided they are
    not kept, bred or maintained for commercial purposes.

    I'm going to try to change this rule, and I'm looking for help/support. Please reach out to me if you have chickens, if you want chickens, or if you have also had to rehome your girls so we can work together to get this changed.
     

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