New and Confused about City Ordinances Please Read and Comment!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gbutler288, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. gbutler288

    gbutler288 Hatching

    Jul 16, 2014
    Hi my name is Gary. My wife and I and are 3 teenagers have been wanting to embark on raising chickens in our backyard/side lot. I called the local city and they said..."No! Chickens!" click...hung up. I start searching the local ordinances because I would never believe those that work at the city truly understand the laws of the city. I've only found two instances in our ordinances that seem conflicting.

    What are your thoughts and if it really is "No Chickens!" Cluck, Gulp how to do I go about changing this?

    First Question. So if my chickens aren't noxious or produce offensive odors is it o.k. to have them.

    (a) No person shall keep or harbor any animal or fowl in the Municipality so as to create noxious, or offensive odors or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public.
    (b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

    Second Question. Is it me or doesn't this make it sound like you can own Chickens? See what I mean by contradictory?

    (a) No person being the owner of or having charge of cattle, horses, mules, swine, goats, sheep, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens or other fowl or animals shall permit them to run at large upon any public place, or upon any unenclosed lands, or upon the premises of another.

    (b) The running at large of any such animal in or upon any of the places mentioned in this section is prima-facie evidence that it is running at large in violation of this section.
    (ORC 951.02)
    (c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    We had the same type of wording in ours. None of the 7 people in our city that I know of that had chickens and read the ordinances saw anything that would prevent them. Then one day the morning paper carried a story about me and my chickens. The mayor went nuts, declaring - "DID YOU KNOW SOMEONE IN BLACK JACK HAS CHICKENS!!!!!~
    Obviously, he wasn't aware that his next door neighbor had them. (a real nuisance)
    I got a notice that I had a month to get rid of them.
    We decided to mobilize and packed city hall every 2 weeks at the council meetings. We also had several news media at each meeting and the mayor ended up on TV constantly. 7 months later they were legalized and all of us that already had them could basically continue to do what we had been doing. Newbies can have 6 birds and one rooster.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I read into this as YES you can keep chickens as long as you keep it clean, neat and tidy, and do not them them run all over the neighborhood.

    You can keep the smells down by some good maintenance practices every day. Keep them in a run at all times and let them out under supervision only (this is probably the best thing for keeping them safe from being eaten by the neighborhood dogs) and keep hens only.

    And don't be afraid to share some eggs with the neighbors as well! Everybody loves farm fresh eggs and it keep the neighbors on your side too.

    Good luck and I think you have the green light here!
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 sounds like you can keep them as long as you keep their noise and smell down. Eggs are a plus to the neighbors.
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC fro northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I agree, I see nothing in those ordinances that prohibit chickens. That does not mean you might not have to work for it. I would post this in the Local Chicken Laws section of the Forum and see what folks there have to say. Good luck.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us!
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC - the second section you cited is not so much an acknowledgment or statement of there being permissiveness to possess the animals listed there- it is more a "if you DO have them and they are caught at large here are additional violations you can be cited with" (additional to the violations of possessing said animals if prohibited in other sections)
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

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