How to Verify a Property Allows You to Raise Livestock

by Tricia Cyr 06/28/2020

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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.

    About the Author

    Tricia Cyr

    Tricia Cyr is the owner /broker of CYR Real Estate, a Connecticut real estate company that has been in business for 27 years. After working for a small real estate firm located in Branford, she decided to start her own real estate company. Not only has she been actively selling real estate on the Connecticut shoreline for over 27 years, but she is also a lifetime resident of the shoreline. "I am a full-time real estate broker who knows what it takes to get the job done, allowing you to have complete confidence that you will be well represented. I give personal attention, always keeping myself accessible. I return my phone calls promptly.” 

    Tricia is energetic, efficient, honest, dependable and always working with your best interest in mind. Offering the highest quality of service and will make your real estate experience a pleasant one. Cyr Real Estate has been generating repeat clients and personal referrals for 27 years. We use all the latest technology & tools to successfully market all our properties. If you are interested in buying or selling a home, or if you need help with property management, please consider Cyr Real Estate 203-481-6638 New Haven Middlesex Association of Realtors | Connecticut Association of Realtors National Association of Realtors | Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.