Atlanta, GA

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Population: 413,000

see Atlanta on a map

Layman's version:

No more than 25 birds (chickens, turkeys, bantams) may be kept. The coop must be at least 5 feet from the owner's dwelling and 50 feet from neighbors' dwellings. Some restrictions on coop construction.

The Urban Chicken ordinance on the books:

Sec. 18-7. Enclosures for keeping small animals.
Small animals, such as dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, turkeys and the like, may be kept within the city limits, subject to the following:
(1) Condition, size. All these animals must be provided with adequate housing. The houses, hutches, pens or other enclosures wherein animals are kept shall have a solid floor made of cement or other suitable washable material, except when pens are 75 feet or more from the nearest neighbor's residence or place of business. Floor space in all these houses, hutches, pens or enclosures, wherever located, must have the following minima:
a. Dogs and miniature pot bellied pigs, 100 square feet per animal over four months of age.
b. Rabbits or guinea pigs, four square feet per animal over four months of age.
c. Turkeys, four square feet per bird over four months of age.
d. Chickens and similar fowl, two square feet per bird over four months of age.
e. Bantams, one square foot per bird over four months of age.
(2) Location. Pens or yards where such animals and birds are kept shall be placed at the following minimum distances from any residence or business establishment:
a. Distance from any residence, except that of owner, or any business establishment, 50 feet.
b. Distance from owner's residence, five feet.
(3) Maximum number. The maximum number of such animals which may be kept on a single premises shall not exceed the following:
a. Dogs, ten.
b. Rabbits or guinea pigs, 75.
c. Turkeys, chickens, bantams or similar fowl, 25.
d. Miniature pot-bellied pigs, 1.
(Code 1977, § 14-4012; Ord. No. 2002-16, §§ 2, 3, 3-12-02)

Sec. 18-8. Sanitation of enclosures; storage, removal, use of manure.
(a) Generally. It shall be unlawful for any person having authority to control the use of any stable, pen, shed, stall or other place where animals are kept to allow it to become filthy, malodorous or insanitary. Every person who owns or keeps animals shall maintain in connection therewith a bin or pit in which the manure from those animals shall be placed pending removal. The bin or pit shall be provided with covers or other devices approved by the director, bureau of sanitary services sufficient to prevent the ingress and egress of flies and other insect pests. The bin or pit shall be located at a point most remote from the house of the nearest neighbor and most remote from any street or avenue but must remain on the premises of the owner. All persons controlling places where animals are kept shall remove all manure from the bins or pits before it shall become malodorous or insanitary.
(b) Use of manure as fertilizer. The person may use manure upon such person's premises for the purpose of enriching such person's own ground or for any other purpose to which manure can properly be put, when not offensive or insanitary, and may remove manure from bins, pits or other places where deposited for any purpose when the manure is not offensive or insanitary.
(c) Drainage. All places wherein livestock are kept shall have adequate drainage sufficient to prevent standing water in yards or pens.
(d) Use of chemical agents. All yards or pens wherein livestock are kept shall be regularly covered with lime or other suitable chemical agents, as may be approved by the sanitary engineer, to prevent bad odors or nuisances to neighbors.
(Code 1977, § 14-4013)

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