Savannah, GA

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Layman's version:

No restriction on the keeping of any domesticated animal other than hogs (total prohibition on all swine.)  May house up to five chickens or other foul at least 100 feet from other structures.  May not allow animals to wander outside of private property.  May not keep animals who make so much noise as to disturb the peace.  Must provide water and sanitary conditions for birds.  Must dispose of waste in sanitary fashion.  May not drove animals through streets. 

The Urban Chicken ordinance on the books:

Link to municipal code online: Sec. 9-5001, etc.

Text of municipal code

Sec. 9-5001. Livestock and fowl not to run at large or be kept in public place.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any livestock or domestic fowl to permit the same to run at large within the corporate limits of the city or to keep the same in any manner in any street or other public place.
(Code 1977, § 9-5001)

Sec. 9-5004. Keeping of animals; sanitation.
Any housing or enclosure used for the keeping of animals or fowl shall be well-drained, free from accumulations of animal excrement and objectionable odors, and otherwise clean and sanitary. Animal excrement shall be disposed of in a manner approved by the health officer. All animals which are housed or enclosed shall be provided with a source of potable water.
(Code 1977, § 9-5004; Ord. of 2-15-2007(1), § 1)

Sec. 9-5005. Distance of animal enclosures from buildings.
(a) Any enclosure used for the keeping of animals or fowl outside of a building shall be kept at the following minimum distances from any occupied building, except the dwelling unit of the owner, unless the permission of the occupant of the adjacent building and the health officer was given for a lesser distance prior to January 1, 2000:
(1) Animal and fowl distance.
Up to five mules, cattle, sheep, goats and similar animals, 100 feet.
Up to five dogs over 90 days old, 100 feet.
Note: The amendment to this section to permit up to five dogs where the distance is more than 100 feet did not change the maximum of three dogs where the distance is less than 100 feet. Amended March 29, 2007.
Up to five rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and similar animals, 100 feet.
Up to five fowl, 100 feet.
The keeping of six or more of the above mentioned animals and fowl shall meet the requirements for an animal boarding place as set forth in subsection 8-3025(b), use (25) of the city zoning ordinance.
(2) [Horse stables.] Horse stables (not enclosures or fences) shall be a minimum of 100 feet from any occupied building except the dwelling unit of the owner unless the owner of the adjacent building and the health officer give permission for a lesser distance. Horse stables built on property prior to February 15, 2007, shall be at least 50 feet from an occupied building, except the dwelling unit of the owner, unless the owner of the building and the health officer granted approval.
(b) [Miscellaneous.] Animals and fowl not specifically mentioned in this chapter shall be kept at minimum distances deemed reasonable and necessary by the health officer.
(c) [Modification in case of hardship.] In case of bona fide licensed pet shops, veterinary hospitals, stockyards, poultry farms, and similar commercial establishments, the health officer may modify these requirements where undue hardship would result from their strict enforcement.
(Code 1977, § 9-5005; Ord. of 12-16-1999; Ord. of 2-15-2007(1), § 1)

Sec. 9-5006. Nuisances.
The owner of animals and fowl shall be responsible for correcting or abating any nuisance that may arise from the keeping thereof. No person shall own or possess or harbor any animal or fowl which howls, barks, or emits audible sounds that are plainly audible or disturbing and which are of such character, intensity and duration as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. For the purposes of this article, "barking dog" shall mean a dog that barks, bays, cries, howls or makes any other noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of ten minutes or barks intermittently for one-half hour or more to the disturbance of any person at any time day or night regardless of whether the dog is physically situated in or upon private property; provided, however, that a dog shall not be deemed a "barking dog" for purposes of this regulation, if at the time the dog is barking or making any other noise, a person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the dog is situated or for any other legitimate cause which teased or provoked the dog.
(Code 1977, § 9-5006; Ord. of 2-15-2007(1), § 1)
Cross references: Nuisances, § 9-2001 et seq.

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