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What sort of animals may I keep on my property?

If you have a farm, that is, a parcel of land of at least five acres used primarily for the raising of crops, livestock, and/or poultry, there is no limit to the type or number of animals you may have.

What are the limitations if I don’t have a farm?

There are no limitations on common domestic pets unless they are poultry or hoofed animals such as horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and cattle. For such animals you will need a lot of at least two acres for the first such animal and an additional acre for each additional animal.

For other hoofed animals, such as llamas, alpacas, sheep, swine, or other similar animals you’ll need at least a lot of at least one acre for the first animal and 20,000 square feet for each additional animal.

For poultry, you must have a lot of at least half an acre and you’ll be limited to twenty fowl per acre. Because roosters are well-known for early morning crowing, you will need at least a four acre lot to have them.

Am I allowed to keep my animals in a separate building?

You may house your animals, equipment, and manure, in a separate building provided that the building is at least 75 feet away from any property line, wetlands or watercourse.

The information contained herein is provided as guidance to assist the general public to address frequently asked questions. The information is not intended in any way to be an approval process or certification.

Updated 5/18/2016 6:16 PM
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