(a) Up to six (6) chickens or ducks may be maintained in the city by any person of the city that obtains and maintains a Backyard Fowl Permit issued in accordance with this Article 5.
(b) A Backyard Fowl Permit may be approved to authorize a person to own, keep, or harbor a total of one (1) to six (6) chickens or ducks of any age.
(c) A Special Animal Permit through the Board of Zoning Appeals may grant a land owner the ability to have additional chickens or ducks.
(a) The City Clerk shall collect a onetime non-refundable $45.00 Backyard Fowl Permit application fee, and a $15.00 annual permit fee.
(b) Backyard Fowl Permits shall expire twelve (12) months following the date that the permit was issued.
(c) Applications for Backyard Fowl Permits shall be reviewed by the City Clerk or their designee.
(1) The City Clerk or their designee may approve an application that meets all of the following requirements:
(A) The property must be occupied by the person requesting a Backyard Fowl Permit, and the applicant must reside in a single family home or duplex;
(B) The applicant must have had no Animal violations charges within twenty-four (24) months preceding the date of the Backyard Fowl Permit Application for which the applicant has been found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest;
(C) The applicant has not received notice of non-compliance for any City Code environmental or housing violations within twenty-four (24) months preceding the date of the Backyard Fowl Permit Application;
(D) A designated representative of the city has inspected and approved the property for the location of the fowl.
(E) The City has sent all property owners within a 200-foot radius of the property on which the fowl are to be located a letter notifying such owners of a twenty-one (21) day protest period for the permit giving such owners the right to file a written objection to the issuance of the permit with the City Clerk within the time limit. The protest period will start the day the letters are sent. Any written protest from a notified party objecting to the issuance of a permit will disqualify an applicant from receiving a Backyard Fowl Permit. A copy of any written protest filed during the protest period will be provided to the applicant.
(d) Renewal of Backyard Fowl Permits shall be reviewed by the City Clerk or their designee. Following a review and payment of the annual permit fee a Backyard Fowl Permit may be renewed for a twelve (12) month term.
(e) The City Clerk or their designee may deny a permit if an applicant fails to meet any of the set requirements in the Chapter 2 of the Greensburg City Code.
(f) Backyard Fowl Permits may be revoked at any time if the permit holder fails to meet any requirements in Chapter 2 of the Greensburg City Code. Written notice of intent to revoke shall be sent to the permit holder by the City Clerk and the holder shall have the right for fourteen (14) days to file a written request for review of the proposed termination with the City Clerk.
(g) A Backyard Fowl Permit shall only be issued to one person on any qualifying property.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any permitted owner, keeper, or harborer, to build establish or maintain any pen, shelter, or quarters to keep chickens or ducks which do not conform to the applicable distance requirements set about below:
(1) Manure or other odor or dust producing substances shall not be stored within one hundred (100) feet of the nearest property line.
(2) Coops, chicken runs and chicken tractors must be located in the rear yard of the permitted property and must be at least ten (10) feet from the nearest property line and at least forty (40) feet from any adjacent residential dwelling, church, school, or place of business.
(a) All feed and other items associated with the keeping of chickens or ducks shall be protected from and maintained so as to prevent rats, mice, or other rodents from gaining access to or coming into contact with the feed.
(b) Chickens and ducks must either continually or at suitable intervals; have access to a supply of clean water and food suitable for the species.
(c) Ducks must continually have access to a supply of clean water adequate for swimming.
(d) Chickens and ducks must be kept in a clean, safe and healthy environment at all times.
(e) Chickens and ducks must be kept in a coop, chicken run, or chicken tractor at all times. Chickens and ducks must have access to a coop or chicken tractor at all times.
(f) Ducks must have clipped wings to prevent them from taking flight.
(g) Coops and chicken tractors must be built with and maintain a minimum of 2 square feet for each chicken or duck, but shall not exceed 85 square feet total.
(h) Coops and chicken tractors shall be enclosed on all sides and shall have a roof and doors. Access doors must be able to be shut and locked. Opening windows and vents must be covered with predator and bird-proof wire of less than one inch openings.
(i) Coops, chicken runs, and chicken tractors shall consist of sturdy wire or wooden fencing and shall be designed so as to be easily maintained.
(j) Coops, chicken runs and chicken tractors shall be constructed and maintained with durable materials that will hold up to weather and environment. Scrap, waste board, sheet metal, or similar materials are prohibited.
(k) All coops, chicken runs, and chicken tractors shall be subject to inspection by a designated city representative as needed to verify and maintain compliance with this section.
(l) All coops, chicken runs, and chicken tractors shall be placed behind screening of sufficient size, strength and density to screen such objects from the view of the public.
(m) All manure accumulations shall be regularly removed and disposed of in such a manner as to prevent the breeding of insects, rodents, and other vermin. All such manure shall be buried with a covering of not less than six (6) inches of earth, or if used as fertilizer, thoroughly spaded into the ground, or removed from the property.
(n) Chicken and duck waste control and removal is the responsibility of the owner, who shall be responsible for maintaining the property in compliance with this Chapter. No more than three cubic feet of animal waste may be maintained as manure fertilizer. The coop, chicken run, and chicken tractor and surrounding area must be kept free from trash and accumulated animal waste droppings.
(o) The chicken or duck owner shall take necessary action to reduce the attraction of predators and rodents and the potential infestation of insects and parasites.
(p) It shall be unlawful to keep chickens or ducks for profit.
(q) No chicken, duck, or facility shall be kept in a manner that is:
(1) Offensive in odor;
(3) Detrimental to the health of the animal or any neighboring animals;
(4) A public nuisance: or
(5) A public blight.