Fowl & Rabbits

Sec. 6-2-14. - Fowl and rabbits.

(a) Fowl:
  1. A person commits an offense if he keeps, harbors or maintains fowl in the city other than on premises or in a district classified by the comprehensive zoning ordinance as "AG-Agricultural." Within areas classified by the comprehensive zoning ordinance as "AG-Agricultural," fowl shall be kept within pens, coops or hutches which meet the requirements of this chapter and are maintained in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. A fenced yard shall not qualify as a pen, coop, or hutch for purposes of this section.
  2. All pens, coops, or hutches for the keeping of fowl shall be maintained a minimum of 100 feet from any residence or commercial building, excluding the residence or commercial building of the person keeping or harboring the fowl, except as specifically provided herein. If the fowl kept are pigeons, registered with a recognized association of pigeon fanciers and kept for purposes of competition, the enclosures for such pigeons may be located no less than 50 feet from any residence or commercial building, excluding the residence or commercial building of the person keeping or harboring the pigeons.
  3. Within areas in the city zoned "AG-Agricultural," a person may keep no more than 150 fowl, of any combination, at any one time.
(b) Rabbits:
  1. A person commits an offense if he keeps, harbors, or maintains on the premises of a single residence within the city more than five rabbits and one litter of rabbits at any one time. It is an exception to prosecution under this section that the owner has been issued and possesses a valid permit issued by the animal control authority under the provisions of section 6-2-11 authorizing the keeping of rabbits in excess of the limits of this section and the owner has not exceeded the permissible number of rabbits thereunder. It is an exception to prosecution that the owner of the rabbits and the subject premises meet the requirements of subsection (4) below.
  2. Rabbits shall be kept within pens coops or hutches which meet the requirements of this chapter. A fenced yard shall not qualify as a pen, coop or hutch for purposes of compliance with this subsection.
  3. All pens, coops or hutches for the keeping of more than ten rabbits shall be maintained a minimum of 100 feet from any residence or commercial building, excluding the residence or commercial building of the person keeping or harboring the rabbits.
  4. Within a district classified by the comprehensive zoning ordinance as "AG-Agricultural," a person may keep and harbor, without the necessity of a multiple pet permit, up to 150 rabbits, including litters of rabbits, at any one time.
(Ord. No. 237-2007-03, § 2.106 (2.106.1, 2.106.2), 2-27-07)