DOMESTIC ANIMALS - Animals that are normally considered to be kept in conjunction with a dwelling for the pleasure of the resident family, rather than for economic reasons. This shall include dogs, cats, small birds, racing pigeons, gerbils, rabbits, lizards and other nonpoisonous animals commonly sold in retail pet shops
LIVESTOCK - Any living creature maintained for commercial use or profit, but not maintained as a pet
The number of domestic animals, fowl, and horses is addressed under the Zoning Ordinance Section 2101 – Animals and Animal Shelters.
- In any zoning district, it is permitted to maintain as domestic animals five (5) dogs or five (5) cats, or a combination thereof, not to exceed a total of five (5) domestic animals, each over six (6) months of age, provided it is on a noncommercial basis. Where a shelter and/or exercise pen is maintained, it shall be located in the rear yard at least ten (10) feet from any lot line, and no closer than fifty (50) feet to the nearest dwelling other than that of the owner.
- In any zoning district, it is permitted as a “conditional use” (a use specifically granted by the Board of Commissioners) to maintain up to a total of twelve (12) pigeons and fowl, provided it is in the rear yard, it is on a noncommercial basis and is strictly as an incidental use, the area in which the fowl or pigeons are kept is enclosed by a fence that will contain them, all parts of which are at least fifty (50) feet from any lot line, and is not closer than one hundred (100) feet to the nearest dwelling other than that of the owner.
- In any zoning district, unless regulated by other provisions in this ordinance (specifically animals located on a farm), it is permitted to maintain up to two (2) saddle horses, provided no building, corral, or stable is less than one hundred (100) feet from any lot line and is not closer than two hundred (200) feet to the nearest existing dwelling other than that of the owner. A pasture fence shall be located at a minimum distance of ten (10) feet from the property line.
- No manure storage facility or area shall be established closer than one hundred (100) feet to any property line.
Fence provisions are outlined in Section 2108 of the Zoning Ordinance and require a permit.
Contact the Planning and Zoning Department for further information regarding the number or type of animals allowed under the Zoning Ordinance and the process to obtain permission for conditional use.