Livestock and Other Animals forum: Local laws

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Imagebitbit
Apr 14, 2011 8:10 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
In the past decades, most cities have outlawed keeping livestock. Right now there's a trend underway to overturn those laws so that urban folks can have a few hens (most places keep roosters illegal because of the noise), a beehive, or even small-breed goats.

In my city, there's a small but very vocal group trying to get bees and hens legalized. Here are a couple articles:

http://hamptonroads.com/2011/03/norfolk-woman-pecks-away-ban...

http://www.altdaily.com/blogs/food-blogs/dish-blogs/the-beeā...

[For the record, I'm not Ms. Bird, despite our shared initials.]

What are the laws in your city? If you don't know and want to, a couple of good resources:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/laws/search.php

http://www.municode.com/library/Library.aspx
(local law database: it's rather dense, but is the most authoritative source short of a trip to city hall)
Imagesallyg
Apr 27, 2011 7:01 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
This is one of the first questions that came to my mind.

My friend lives in an old neighborhood with large somewhat private yards. She avoided the issue by asking her neighbors before getting ducks. I think we can generally say, If nobody complains, they usually don't try to enforce.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 29, 2011 11:05 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I am glad to see more municipalities coming to their senses. People should have the basic right to supply their own food!
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

Imagebitbit
May 27, 2011 1:01 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Good and bad news in Norfolk. I talked to Bryn (quoted in the articles above) at the farmer's market recently...

The city council is going to vote on removing the beekeeping ban next month. So far, Bryn has heard from every single council member that they plan to vote for the ban removal Hurray! I will be sending a letter in to my representative soon, so that's it's fresh on her mind when the vote comes up.

But, on the flip side, Bryn has had to "cease and desist" keeping her chickens. Even though it's not illegal here to keep livestock on property zoned for commercial use (they were to live at the farmer's market), the city set up so many hoops to jump through that it became impossible - architect's designs for the henhouse, an official waste management plan, etc. So the hens are spending their time on a farm outside the city while Bryn tries to fight for the ability to bring them back to the market Angry
ImageCajuninKy
May 27, 2011 9:11 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Government can be so stupid at times. Keep up the fight!
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

mermaid
Jul 28, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Thought you might like this video on Goats in the City.
The goat collective idea is spreading in some areas. Members milk the goats and take a share of the milk.

http://youtu.be/bpdUD6SVGGQ


:)
Imagebitbit
Jul 28, 2011 6:38 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thanks! I long to have goats one day...

It looks like that guy has a few other videos too, so I'll have to poke around there when I have some time to spend - I see one on beekeeping and one on his orchard, which are both interesting (even if not feasible) to me.

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