City of Kingsville Ordinances

City-County Environmental Health Department

Sec. 9-3-2. Keeping of certain animals restricted; permit requirement:
It is and shall be unlawful for any person to keep, own, maintain, use or have in their possession any rabbits, hares, guinea pigs, horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, guineas, geese, ducks or homing pigeons, within the corporate limits; except that such animals or poultry may be kept under the conditions hereinafter set forth, provided a permit is first obtained as hereinafter provided.


Sec. 9-3-3. Permit application and validity; sanitary requirements:
(A)Permit application required. Permits are required as a prerequisite to the keeping, owning, maintaining, using or having in one’s possession any rabbits, horses, hares, guinea pigs, mules, donkeys, cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, guineas, geese, ducks and homing pigeons. Permits may be obtained by written application and compliance with the sanitary requirements as set forth by the Health Officer. The application shall affirmatively show that the applicant has facilities for keeping such animals or poultry in quarters meeting the standards set by the Health Officer, which will confine the animals or poultry within limits not closer than 100 feet to the exterior limits of any dwelling resided in by anyone other than the applicant.

(B)Permit for livestock exhibition. However, any person under 19 years of age, who is an active member of a nonprofit organization actively engaged in the exhibition of livestock (including rabbits and/or hares), may, upon proper application and proof of such membership, be authorized to keep rabbits and/or hares, without complying with the 100-foot requirement stated in division (A). Additionally, upon proper application and proof of such membership, such persons may be authorized to keep rabbits, hares, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, guineas, geese, ducks or pigeons without complying with the 100-foot requirement stated herein during the period of November 1 through March 31 with the written consent of any owner and/or occupant of a dwelling within the 100-foot requirement. The limits contained in division (C) shall apply provided, however, the combined limit for goats and/or sheep shall not exceed four and the number of poultry shall not exceed 25.