Understanding the Law - CDP Census Designated Place

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by GMC3MOM, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. GMC3MOM

    GMC3MOM New Egg

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    In the past my husband & I had discussed raising backyard chickens. This idea was quickly dismissed when we looked up the laws for our city.

    Recently, the subject was brought up again. I decided to look into whether or not any of the laws had changed. They had not. But this time, I did a bit more digging.

    According to our city website, chickens are not allowed "within the corporate limits of the city".

    I decided to find a boundary map, just to see exactly where those city limits were. To my surprised our neighborhood is not a part of the city limits. But, we are entirely surrounded by the city.

    The map referred to our little portion by another name. When I looked up that city name, it was referred to as a "CDP - Census Designated Place".

    I then did some research on CDP's to find out they are unincorporated communities, within a larger city. Designated CDP for Census purposes. But we have no personal municipalities. We use the main city fire department, police department, courthouse, etc.

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    From what I understand, since we are not within the corporate city limits... there should be no reason we CAN'T have chickens.

    However, my husband & I wondered if anyone here is a part of a CDP/unincorporated city within a larger city. Were you able to keep chickens? Did you have opposition within the city? Were you able to keep your chickens or ultimately did the city win?

    We are trying to have a better understanding of the legal grounds we have should we face any opposition.

    I did already printed up the city ordinance, a copy of their city limits map, a map that defines the CDP. We want our bases covered in the event there is an issue.

    As for our city, it's fairly large. Our CDP lies right in the midst of it. We are regular neighborhood with lots of 1/4 (most) to just under 1/2 acre (a few). We would certainly discuss this with our neighbors, and we don't plan on getting a rooster. Just a few, for egg production. I feel fairly confident that if we went this route, other neighbors would follow suit.... which would probably draw more attention to our neighborhood and flock.

    Any one have experience in this area with advice to share?
     
  2. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are in an unincorporated area, you fall under county ordinances. Those are typically related to how much land you have and what your property is zoned.

    You should be able to find your zoning by going to the property appraiser website for your county and searching for your name or address.

    Then the real work starts: read the zoning ordinances about your zoning type, then find the different ordinance pertaining to what constitutes a pet, and or how they regulate poultry.

    I suggest that you cut and paste all the info into a document that you can get easy access to should you need it.

    Good luck! ;)
     
  3. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. GMC3MOM

    GMC3MOM New Egg

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    Nothing like a little code confusion. That link lists chickens as domesticated, but the city website lists them as farm animals.

    These people want to make me crazy, LOL.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    all farm animals.are.domesticated. WILD animals.are not.

    if you wwnted to do a.major renovation to your home, where would you need to apply for.permits, and to whom?
     

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