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All Land Use FAQs



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 there shall be no more than ten (10) fowl per every one-half (1/2) acre.


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 100 feet away from any property line, wetlands or watercourse.


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Neil Pade, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development   
Phone: (860) 693-7891Phone: (860) 693-7891

Nathaniel Jarvie
Assistant Town Planner
Phone: (860) 693-7892

Lisa Ozaki
Community Development Coordinator
Phone: (860) 693-7856Phone: (860) 693-7856

Monday: 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Mailing Address: Canton Town Hall, P.O. Box 168, Collinsville, CT 06022

Location: Canton Town Hall, 4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT 06019 

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