Nashville Tennessee UPDATE new bill to be proposed

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by cleoquel, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. cleoquel

    cleoquel Hatching

    Oct 13, 2011

    reading of this bill will be November 1st

    ORDINANCE NO. BL2011-47

    An ordinance to amend Title 8 and Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code to modify the regulations and standards pertaining to the keeping of chickens (Proposal No. 2011Z-020TX-001).


    Section 1. Section 8.12.020 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby deleted and replaced with the following new Section 8.12.020:

    8.12.020 Keeping of chickens.
    A. No person shall keep chickens within the metropolitan government area in such a manner that a nuisance is created.
    B. The keeping of chickens shall be in compliance with all applicable zoning laws pursuant to Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code.
    C. An annual permit issued by the department of health shall be required for the keeping of domesticated hens on residential property where allowed by Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code, provided that no permit shall be required for property that is zoned for agricultural uses.
    1. The annual permit to keep domesticated hens may not be assigned to another person. In addition, the permit authorizes the keeping of hens only upon the property described in the permit. The permittee must occupy the residence on the property where the hens are kept as the permittee's personal, primary residence. An applicant for a permit must either own the property or have permission from the property owner to be eligible for a permit.
    2. Only one (1) permit is allowed per permittee. In the event the permittee is absent from the property for longer than sixty (60) days, the permit automatically shall terminate and become void. The issuance of a permit does not create a vested right to renewal of the permit beyond the stated term thereof.
    3. The first permit year shall extend from the date of issuance through December 31, 2011. Thereafter the permit year shall be January 1 through December 31.
    4. Fees. The fee for an annual permit to keep domesticated hens is twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
    D. Food storage and removal. All stored food for the domesticated hens must be kept either indoors or in a weather-resistant container designed to prevent access by animals. Uneaten food shall be removed daily.
    E. Waste storage and removal. Provision must be made for the storage and removal of chicken manure. All manure for composting or fertilizing shall be contained in a well-aerated garden compost pile. All other manure not used for composting or fertilizing shall be removed. In addition, the henhouse and surrounding area must be kept free from trash and accumulated droppings.
    F. No domesticated hens shall be used or trained for the purpose of fighting for amusement, sport, or financial gain.
    G. Application for permit. Every applicant for a permit to keep domesticated hens shall:
    1. Complete and file an application on a form prescribed by the department of health.
    2. Deposit the prescribed permit fee with the department of health at the time the application is filed. Any material misstatement or omission shall be grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of the permit.
    H. Approval of permit. The department of health shall issue a permit if the applicant has demonstrated compliance with the criteria and standards in this section.
    I. Denial, suspension or revocation of permit. The department of health shall deny a permit if the applicant has not demonstrated compliance with all provisions of this section. A permit to keep domesticated hens may be suspended or revoked by the department of health where there is a risk to public health or safety or for any violation of or failure to comply with any of the provisions of this section or with the provisions of any other applicable ordinance or law. Any denial, revocation or suspension of a permit shall be in writing and shall include notification of the right to and procedure for appeal.
    J. Penalty. In addition to any other enforcement action which the Metropolitan Government may take, violation of any provision of this section shall be subject to a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00) may be imposed. Each day that a violation continues shall be treated as a separate offense.
    K. The department of health shall have the authority to adopt and implement rules and regulations necessary to further the provisions of this Section, provided they are not in conflict with the requirements of this Section.
    L. Where used in this Section, the designation of “department of health” shall also include the division of Metropolitan animal control services.

    Section 2. Section 17.040.060 of the Metropolitan Code (Definitions of General Terms) is hereby amended by adding the following definition:

    “Domesticated hens” means female chickens that may, where permitted, be kept and maintained for the non-commercial production of eggs, education, companionship, or recreation. Other types of fowl and poultry shall not be considered domesticated hens.

    Section 3. Section 17.08.030 of the Metropolitan Code (Zoning Land Use Table: Residential Uses) is hereby amended by adding “Domesticated hens” as a use permitted by right (P) in the AG and AR2a districts, and as an accessory use (A) in all R and RS districts.

    Section 4. Section 17.16.250 of the Metropolitan Code (Land Use Development Standards: Accessory Uses – Residential Accessory Uses) is hereby amended by adding the following new subsection B., and re-lettering the remaining subsections accordingly:

    B. Domesticated hens.

    1. Type and number. Except upon property zoned for agricultural use or for properties in the R and RS districts of five (5) acres or more in size, a parcel of land shall contain the maximum number of domesticated hens identified below. Only hens are allowed; roosters are expressly prohibited. There is no restriction on domestic hen breeds.

    Max. #
    Poultry Parcel Area(sq. ft.) Acreage
    2 0 to 5,009 0.0 to .11
    4 5,010 to 10,236 .12 to .23
    6 10,237 or more .24 or more

    3. Location. All domesticated hens shall be kept in the side and rear yards of a residential property subject to the setback standards contained in this subsection. No domesticated hens shall be kept in the front yard.

    4. Enclosure.
    a. All domesticated hens shall be kept outside of a habitable structure in a predator-proof enclosure, a portion of which must be a covered henhouse, and a portion of which must be a fenced area complying with the provisions of Chapter 16.24 of the Metropolitan Code applicable to the construction of fences.
    b. In addition to the fenced enclosure, hens shall be provided with a covered, predator-resistant henhouse. A minimum of two (2) square feet per hen shall be provided for henhouses and six (6) square feet per bird for fenced enclosures. A building permit issued pursuant to Title 16 of the Metropolitan Code shall be obtained prior to the construction of a henhouse, regardless of the size of the structure. Henhouses are expressly deemed to be a “structure” for purposes of Title 16 of the Metropolitan Code.
    c. Fenced enclosures and henhouses must be properly ventilated, clean, dry, and odor-free, kept in a neat and sanitary condition at all times, in a manner that will not disturb the use or enjoyment of neighboring lots due to noise, odor or other adverse impact.
    d. The henhouse and fenced enclosure must provide adequate ventilation, adequate sun and shade, and must be constructed in a manner to resist access by rodents, wild birds, and predators, including dogs and cats.
    e. Henhouses shall be enclosed on all sides and shall have a roof and doors. Access doors must be able to be shut and locked at night. Opening windows and vents must be covered with predator- and bird-resistant wire of less than one (1) inch openings.

    5. Setbacks. An enclosure shall be located twenty-five (25) feet away from any residential structure located in a residential zone district and ten (10) feet from any property line.

    6. Sanitation, Nuisance, and Humane Treatment.
    a. No perceptible odor from the hens or the hen enclosure shall be present at any property line.
    b. All feed shall be stored in a rodent – and predator-proof container having a metal lid.
    c. No slaughtering of domesticated hens may occur on the property.
    d. Any dead domesticated hens shall be removed from the property as quickly as possible by contacting the Metro Public Works Department and requesting “Dead Animal Removal”.
    e. No breeding of chickens shall occur on the property.
    f. No domesticated hens shall be used or trained for the purpose of fighting for amusement, sport, or financial gain.

    7. Permit required. A valid permit issued by the department of health pursuant to Section 8.12.020 of the Metropolitan Code shall be obtained and maintained at all times.

    Section 5. In the event that any portion of this Ordinance shall be declared by any competent court to be invalid for any reason, such decision shall not be deemed to affect the validity of any other portion of this Ordinance.

    Section 6. That this Ordinance shall take effect immediately after its passage and such change be published in a newspaper of general circulation, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

    Sponsored by: Karen Bennett


    Introduced: November 1, 2011
  2. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    I saw this on the news today. I live in Joelton so it does not apply to me but I live close enough that I could sale some more of my silkies a lot closer to home. [​IMG]
    One lady said they are dirty and messy. Has she seen how big a dogs poop is? Is this all she can come up with? Please! [​IMG]
  3. goldfinch6227

    goldfinch6227 Hatching

    Jul 14, 2010
    I'm sure we need to contact our councilperson but is there anything else we can do to help the chicken cause?
  4. Carolyn

    Carolyn Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    I'm rooting for you guys! Saw an article on line today and it sounds like you might need some interested folks (who don't currently have contraband chickens) to persuade some of the council members to vote for chickens. I am from NW TN and thankfully live in the country.

    I imagine pet rodents, spiders, reptiles are all legal in Nashville! Hens make their noise during the day. Their poop is a lot easier to recycle into garden fertilize, especially if you give them veggie scraps, leaves etc to scratch in with it. Easier to contain than cats or dogs. The regulations they make for the chickens are stricter than those on other pets but at least you would be able to have them; then maybe later they can drop some requirements. Can you get help from the sustainable living guys such as farmers market community?

    For what it is worth some tiny towns in a predominately rural/farm area around here do not allow chickens. Talk about dumb clucks (the featherless kind) !!!!

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