Will Your Property Allow You to Raise Livestock?

by Greg & Lori Kuhl 04/26/2020

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If you have your heart set on raising livestock at your new home, you have to check local laws and other rules to ensure that activity will be permitted. Everything from zoning laws to HOA rules influence whether you can have even the smallest farm animals on your land, including mini-goats, rabbits and chickens. And if raising livestock is not allowed, then hefty fines could follow as soon as those animals arrive home. Thankfully, when you know where to look, you can easily check if a property allows you to keep livestock. Here’s what you need to know.

Check Zoning Laws

Zoning laws are the first place to check for information on the animals allowed on the property. These laws detail which animals are permitted to reside on the land and in what quantities. You may find that a property allows you to raise ducks or chickens, for example, but limits their numbers to four or fewer.

In many areas, zoning laws also provide information on the allowed structures for those animals. The laws may go into how far the housing structures and pens must be from the property lines as well. While you might be able to keep chickens on the land, their coop may need to be at least 10 feet from the property lines to remain in compliance.

Review Nuisance Laws

Nuisance laws go beyond zoning considerations in keeping hazards from impacting the condition of your property and the surrounding area. These laws pertain to noise levels and more, keeping neighborhood blight to a minimum. Through those protections, you and your neighbors can continue enjoying your properties to the fullest extent.

When reviewing these laws, look for mentions of:

  • Noise level maximums
  • Yard square footage minimums
  • Waste removal requirements
  • Neighborhood notification rules
  • Before getting any animals, verify you can abide by those laws to keep from having your right to keep livestock revoked.

    Look for an HOA

    Homeowners association, or HOA, rules go beyond local laws to preserve property values and protect the integrity of the neighborhood. These rules may further limit the livestock you can keep on your land or outright prohibit it altogether. The restrictions can change at any time, too, as the board of directors assesses the needs of the neighborhoods and votes on such matters. Looking for a property without an HOA is the only surefire way to avoid abiding by rules that go beyond city laws.

    By looking into these three areas, it is possible to determine if a property will allow you to raise livestock before buying a home. Your real estate agent can also assist in finding out this information and helping you select the perfect property for your needs.

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    Greg & Lori Kuhl

    Hi, We are team Kuhl and we would love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.