oklahoma city zoning - busted for my chickens!

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by haleyluna, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. haleyluna

    haleyluna Songster

    May 3, 2007
    oklahoma city
    came home to find this on my door:


    dis! note the incorrect "remove by" date. the only mention of chickens in the whole municiple code:

    (8) No rooster shall be tethered closer than 400 feet to any dwelling, church, school building or place of business on adjacent properties.

    (9) No enclosure in which roosters are quartered shall be located closer than 400 feet to any dwelling, church, school building or place of business on adjacent properties.

    the one it appears they are trying to bust me on:

    (4) There shall be a minimum lot size for animal raising activities of at least one acre.

    we have only banty hens (no roos). not sure if we can get around this since we aren't "raising" our hens any more than we're "raising" our two dogs. either way, i called my lawyer today and he told me to fax him the code and the violation notice. we're playing it nice and quiet to see if we can fight it in an easy manner and hoping for the best. if that doesn't work, well...it might get a little crazy around here. [​IMG]
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Aw. That's rotten. :mad: Sounds like it's time to fight city hall. Look at the post about the NYC coop. In the city folks are allowed an unlimited number of hens, just no roos. Tell your lawyer. And there are other folks on here who have fought and won the right to keep a few hens. I hope it works out for you!
  3. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    If you've got a lawyer fight and if found that you can have chickens, get some roo's to annoy the nosy neighbpr that turned you in for having hens:)
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  4. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    good luck to you. Some people are incredibly ignorant about chickens. I had one such neighbor, but fortunately for me, I live in an unincorporated area of our city and she couldn't do a thing about my "pet birds".
  5. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    I would fight it. They are pets you are not RAISING them for commercial commerce. You are not cycling them (Growing them, killing them etc). It says no where in the ordinance specifically about chickens. What if you had parrots or some other exotic animal?? ALSO if you have rare breeds of chickens you can fight it on that aspect to.
    Like you said are you not allowed to own cats, dogs, turtles, mice, etc etc. If you do lose the case I would turn around and sue the city over it. If you can't have a pet why should anyone...They will change that law fast.

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Wooo!!! Go FIGHT IT! Cluck cluck cluck.... so much nicer than barking, yelling, police cars, fire engines, teens, coffee can mufflers, and parties.

    Besides, they are just pet birds.
  7. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Hi Haleyluna,

    If in fact you need to fight it or try to change it, feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to share all the research we've done (dozens of hours at this point, on other cities ordinances, how they've worked, etc) for our battle (www.SoPoChickens.org)

    Maybe you can use the angle that they're pets, not livestock..... if you can "raise" dogs and cats on less than an acre, why not pet chickens (if they're not specifically banned).... did you read the "definitions" section of the code to see how they define "animals" as opposed to "pets" or "Livestock"...... I'd think that would be your strongest legal point... maybe the definition for "pets" can apply to chix. Also, did you check both the "Zoning" and the "Animals & Fowl" sections?? Sometimes there are restrictions in one but not the other......

    Keep us updated!!


    Good luck Haleyluna!
  8. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Well thats sorry. I would also fight it. If you are not raising chickens but just have pets this does not look like it applies.

    And what is with the wrong date thing.

    Keep us posted on what happens.

    Sure glad I live in the boonies and don't have close neighbors.
  9. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    Don't you love 'big brother'?! I sure hope you get everything in order! Right now I'm going through a similar fight with big oil and their pipeline easement. I wonder who said anything about the chickens to tip the city off...
  10. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    How much land do you have?? JUst out of curiousity...
    I'd fight it also. I agree, if her phrasing is correct, then you cant have dogs, cats...or children for that matter! [​IMG]

    Seachick's advice sounds great-I would look into that.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2007

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