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Chicken Coop-Harboring of chickens

  1. Chicken Coop-Harboring of chickens

    For general building and zoning permit inquiries, please email building-zoning@cityoftrenton.com or call 513-988-6307 or 513-988-6304 ext. 150. When you submit, an email will automatically go to building-zoning@cityoftrenton.com

  2. General Property Information
  3. Project Information
  4. Requirements*

    I live in R-E, R-1 or R-2 Zoning District

  5. Requirements*

    I will harbor no more than 6 chickens, no rosters.

  6. Fees

    $25.00

  7. Fee payment*
  8. Applicant Responsibilites
    1. It is the Applicant's responsibility to comply with all civil deed and/or subdivision restrictions and/or covenants on the property. 2. Questions regarding permitting, fees, or similar topics should be directed to the City of Trenton at building-zoning@cityoftrenton.com or call 513-988-6307 or 513-988-6304 ext. 150. 3. Questions regarding the building code or to schedule inspections should be directed to National Inspection Corporation (NIC) at 888-433-4642. NIC inspectors will be available by telephone to respond to inquiries between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. The City of Trenton thanks you for your cooperation. This permitting process is required by Code and is being done for your safety as well as the safety of others. I, as the submitter, certify my right to make the above application. Further, I certify that all submitted information is true and accurate, and the proposed use will conform to the application as submitted and that no changes shall be made without the express written pre-approval of an authorized representative of the City of Trenton.
  9. Regulations

    DEFINITIONS.

    For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

    1. "Animals as pets." Any species offelis ca/us (domestic cat) and canisfcuniliaris (dog) and other animals commonly kept as domestic pets. 
    2. "Chicken." Any species of gallus domeslicus, commonly known as a domestic bird usually kept on a farm. This definition does not include other fowl or poultry, such as but not limited to peacocks, turkeys, waterfowl or Guineafowl. 
    3. "Chicken Coop." An enclosed structure for housing Chickens that provides shelter from the elements and other animals. 

    "Chicken Run." An enclosed outside run usually attached to a Chicken Coop used for temporary exercise, grazing, and feeding of Chickens between dawn and dusk. 

    1. "Exotic animals." Any cal, other than/e/is ca/us; any canine, other than canisfamiliaris; non-human primates; poisonous reptiles; alligators, crocodiles or lizards over two feet long; snakes over six feet long; bears; kangaroos; eagles; poisonous stinging insects; or arachnids. 
    2. "Free Range." Chickens kept outside a Chicken coop or Chicken Run that remain under constant supervision by a responsible person or designcc. 
    3. "Farm animals." All species of animals not classified as an exotic animal or an animal as a pet in these definitions, including but not limited to poultry, swine, cattle, goats, emus, llamas, buffalo, and horses. 
    4. "Raising of animals." The care, feeding and handling of animals as pets, exotic animals, and farm animals for a hobby or commercial purposes.

    RAISING OF ANIMALS.

    Unless otherwise permitted under this Chapter, the following prohibits shall apply.

    1. The raising of farm animals shall not be permitted in any residential district unless the properly consists of five acres or more.

    2. The raising of animals as pets as a commercial venture in residential areas shall not be permitted.

    3. The raising of exotic animals for a hobby or commercial venture shall be prohibited in any residential area of the City.

    4. All structures, parking, loading, and landscaping requirements shall conform to the relevant provisions of Part 12 of this code.

    5. All structures and activity areas, except off-street parking, shall be located no less than 40 feet from all lot lines.

    6. Minimum  standards  for  parking  and  loading  shall  be  as  required  m Chapters 1260 and 1262.

    7. Equipment creating dust, noise, odors, vibration, glare or electrical disturbances 1s prohibited.

    8. When found that certain subdivision regulations are in conflict with this division, the more restrictive regulations shall apply. 

    CHICKENS.

    General. It shall be unlawful to harbor Chickens in any area unless all the following conditions and requirements arc met:

    1. The Chickens are harbored on a residential parcel located in a R-E Estate, R-1, or R-2 zoning district containing a minimum ten thousand (10,000) square feet of parcel. 
    2. No more than six (6) Chickens arc to be harbored on any parcel. 
    3. All Chickens shall have access to feed and clean, unfrozen water al all times. The feed and water shall not be available lo rodents, wild birds, or predators, including but not limited to dogs, raccoons, or opossums. All feed shall be stored in a reasonable, airtight, predator proof container. 
    4. Chicken waste shall be stored in a reasonable airtight, predator proof container and disposed of weekly with trash collection service. 
    5. Chickens shall be harbored for personal use only. No person shall sell or barter eggs or engage in chicken breeding or fertilizing production for commercial purposes. 
    6. No Chickens shall be slaughtered on-site. 
    7. No roosters shall be kept or harbored on the parcel al any time. 
    8. From dusk lo dawn, all Chickens shall be harbored in a single Chicken Coop located on the parcel that meets all the following conditions and requirements: 
    9. The Chicken coop shall be located in the Rear Yard of the parcel, provide shelter to harbored Chickens from weather and predators, contain a solid material roof, and allowing for adequate ventilation. 
    10. The Chicken coop shall provide a minimum of two (2) square feet of enclosed space per Chicken, but in no instance shall said enclosed space exceed a maximum of two hundred (200) square feet. 
    11. The maximum height of the Chicken coop shall be no more than seven feet (7')at the highest point of the roof. 
    12. All entrance gates of the Chicken coop shall contain a self-latching gate at least three feet (3')aboveground level. 
    13. The Chicken coop shall be maintained and regularly cleaned to control dust, odor, and waste so as not to create a nuisance, create a safety hazard, health problem, or unreasonable disturbance to surrounding properties. 
    14. From dawn to dusk, the Chickens may Free Range in the area located within the area enclosed in the Privacy Fence, as described in Subsection 602.03(a)(l 0) below, or occupy a single Chicken Run in the Rear Yard of the parcel that meets all of the following conditions and requirements: 
    15. The Chicken Run shall provide a minimum of two (2) square feet of space per Chicken and shall adequate ventilation, sunlight and shade, and shall be impermeable to rodents, wild birds, and predators, including but not limited to dogs, raccoons, and opossums. 
    16. The Chicken Run shall be maintained and shall be regularly cleaned to control dust, odor, and waste so as not to create a nuisance, create a safety hazard, health problem, or unreasonable disturbance to surrounding properties. 
    17. A privacy fence ("Privacy Fence") with a minimum height of five feet (5') and a maximum height of six feet (6') shall completely enclose the Chicken, coop any Chicken Run, and any area used for Free Range, and shall meet all of the following conditions and requirements: 
    18. The Privacy Fence shall be located in the Rear Yard of the parcel and shall prevent escape and unwanted entry from people or animals. 
    19. The Privacy Fence shall conform to all applicable fencing requirements contained m Section 1256.11, including any requirement to obtain a separate zoning certificate for the erection of a fence. 
    20. The area enclosed by the Privacy Fence shall be maintained and shall be regularly cleaned to control dust, odor, and waste so as not to create a nuisance, create a safety hazard, health problem, or unreasonable disturbance to surrounding prope1iies. 
    21. The Privacy Fence, including the area enclosed within the Privacy Fence, shall be located a minimum of twelve (12) feet from any lot line and shall not be located in any drainage easement, access casement, utility easement, open channel drainage easement, or flood route.
    22.  The City or its designee retains the right to inspect at any reasonable hour any area used to harbor Chickens under this Section. 

    Permit.

    Any person desiring to harbor Chickens under this Section shall first apply to the City for a Chicken Registration Permit ("Permit"), together with paying a $25.00 Permit fee. As part of such application, the applicant shall provide:

    1. The Applicant's full name address, and contact information. 
    2. A plot plan drawing of the parcel and the intended location for any Chicken Coop, Chicken Run, and Privacy Fence, including information as to size, design, setback from property lines, construction materials, and adequate methods to secure fixtures to the parcel. 
    3. The number of Chickens to be harbored on the parcel. 
    4. The Permit Fee, as defined below. 
    5. Any other information necessary for the Zoning Administrator to consider the Applicant's request.

     (1) Any Permit granted under this Section is nontransferable.

    (2) Any Penni! granted under Subsection 620.03 (b) may be revoked upon the determination of the Zoning Administrator that of the following conditions exist at or on the permit parcel:

    1. A nuisance exists. 
    2. Any unsafe, unclean, unhealthy or unsanitary condition exists. 
    3. Non-compliance with any applicable Codified Ordinance or applicable provision of the Ohio Revised Code. 
    4. Any rooster present on the premises. 
    5. Any sale or barter of eggs, chicken breeding operation, or fertilizing production for commercial purposes. 
    6. Disrepair of any Chicken Coop, Chicken Run, or Privacy Fence. 
    7. Any failure lo properly maintain and/or remove waste, urine, or manure/feces of the Chickens. 
    8. Any contamination of water supply or water runoff from the permit parcel. 
    9. Excessive noise or odor. 
    10. Any threat to public health. 

    620.99 PENALTIES.

    Whoever violates or fails to comply with any such provision is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00). If a person has a prior conviction of violation of this chapter, each subsequent violation shall be charged as a fourth­ degree misdemeanor. A separate offense shall be deemed committed for each animal and for each day during or on which a violation or noncompliance occurs or continues.

  10. Regulations Acknowledgement*

    I have read, understand and acknowledge the regulations for harboring chicken. 

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