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19.06.080. Farm animals

            (1)        Except as otherwise provided herein, farm animals shall only be allowed in the A (agricultural) and R-S (residential suburban) zoning districts.  The number and type of animals and fowl allowed in these zoning districts shall be limited as follows:

            Not more than one (1) cow or horse and two (2) sheep or goats and twenty-five (25) pheasants or chickens, or rabbits, or pigeons; and ten (10) geese or ducks, for every twenty thousand (20,000) square feet of lot area.  Animals and fowl not specifically listed may be substituted for those listed of similar size.  Combinations of animals and fowl are also allowed within the numbers listed for each category.  An increase in this density is allowed only by a conditional use permit for a farm industry as set forth in this Title.

            (2)        Residential chickens.  The purpose of this Section is to provide regulations for the keeping of chickens in residential zoning districts.  For the purpose of this Subsection, the term "chicken" refers only to the female, or hen, of the species.  Chickens in residential zoning districts may be kept in a way which will ensure the continued health and welfare of Layton residents and maintaining the residential character of Layton City neighborhoods while permitting a more sustainable way of living.  Any resident with the intent of keeping chickens within a residential neighborhood on lots with a minimum of ten thousand (10,000) square feet shall comply with the following provisions:

                        (a)        Chickens in residential subdivisions shall be allowed in the R-1-6, R-1-8, R-1-10, and R-S zoning districts.  All other fowl associated with being kept outdoors are prohibited in R-1-6, R-1-8, and R-1-10 zones.  In R-S (residential suburban) and A (agriculture) zoning districts additional chickens are allowed as outlined in Section 19.06.080 of this Code.

                        (b)        Lots in residential subdivisions shall have no more than six (6) hens on a property with a minimum overall lot area of ten thousand (10,000) square feet.

                        (c)        A City permit is required for all chicken coops together with a Thirty Dollar ($30.00) annual permit fee.  The permit application shall include a plot plan based on the following guidelines:

                                    (i)         The coop, pen, cage, or similar structure shall be restricted to the rear or backyard of a residential use, and shall be located not less than five feet (5') from any property line.

                                    (ii)        No coop, pen, cage, or similar structure shall exceed one hundred twenty (120) square feet (includes coop space and chicken run) and shall be no taller than seven feet (7') at the highest point of the roof.

                                    (iii)       All animals must be kept in an area enclosed by a fence sufficient to prohibit escape; this is in addition to the coop, pen, cage, or other similar structure.

                        (d)        All pens, coops, and cages shall be kept clean and free from objectionable odor and waste.  Waste and debris must be kept from becoming offensive or a health hazard.

                        (e)        Roosters are not permitted in R-1-6, R-1-8, R-1-10, and R-S zoning districts.

                        (f)        No slaughter is allowed.

                        (g)        A permit may be revoked upon the conviction of the permit holder of a violation of this Section.

            (3)        Ownership and Maintenance of Apiaries (Honeybee, Apis Mellifera).  The purpose of this Section is to provide regulations for the keeping of apiaries in residential zones.

                        (a)        Each beekeeper must register and maintain an active license with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

                        (b)        A suitable source of water must be available to the colony(s) continuously between March 1 and October 31 of each year.  The water shall be in a location that minimizes any nuisance created by bees seeking water on neighboring property.

                        (c)        Hive(s) shall be restricted to the rear or backyard of a residential use.

                        (d)        Hive(s) shall be placed on a property in a location that directs the general flight pattern of bees in a direction that will deter bee contact with humans and domesticated animals.

                        (e)        A person shall not locate nor allow a hive on a property owned or occupied by another person without first obtaining written permission from the owner or occupant.

                        (f)        Each beekeeper shall ensure that bee comb and all beekeeping equipment are not abandoned on the site.  All such equipment shall promptly be stored within a building or other bee-proof enclosures or disposed of in a sealed container.

                        (g)        It is the beekeeper's responsibility to make attempts to prevent swarming.

                        (h)        Notwithstanding compliance with the various requirements for owning and maintaining apiaries, it shall be unlawful for any person to maintain an apiary or to keep any colony on any property in a manner that threatens public health or safety, or creates a nuisance.  Bees and associated beehives may be ordered removed from any property if they are determined to be a nuisance.

            (4)        Hives located in R-1-10, R-1-8, R-1-6, R-S, or A zoning districts on one (1) acre or less shall adhere to the following setbacks and criteria:

                        (a)        Hives shall be set back a minimum of five feet (5') from any property line and public right-of-way.

                        (b)        Hives shall be a minimum of six inches (6") above the average grade with the total height not to exceed six feet (6').

                        (c)        A flyway barrier is required when any aspect of a hive is located within twenty-five feet (25') of any property line or public right-of-way.  Flyway barrier(s) must be six feet (6') in height, adjacent to the hive(s) and extend a minimum of ten feet (10') in length beyond the hive.

                        (d)        The number of hives permitted is based on the residential lot size in Table 1.

Table 1

Lot Size

Permitted Number of Hives

0 – 10,890 sq. ft.

Up to 3 Hives

10,891 – 21,780 sq. ft.

Up to 5 Hives

21,781 – 32,670 sq. ft.

Up to 6 Hives

32,671 – 43,560 sq. ft.

Up to 8 Hives

            (5)        Hives located in A and R-S zoning districts on lots larger than one (1) acre shall adhere to the following setbacks and criteria:

                        (a)        Hives shall be set back a minimum of ten feet (10') from any property line and public right-of-way.

                        (b)        Hives shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet (50') from any primary residential structure on any adjacent lot.

                        (c)        Hive(s) shall be placed on the property in a manner that the general flight pattern of bees is in a direction that will deter bee contact with humans and domesticated animals.

                        (d)        Hives must be a minimum of six inches (6") above the ground.

                        (e)        The keeping of apiaries for commercial purposes is permitted within A and R-S zoning districts on lots larger than one (1) acre.

                        (f)        A flyway barrier is required when any aspect of a hive is located within twenty-five feet (25') of any property line or public right-of-way.  Flyway barrier(s) must be six feet (6') in height, adjacent to the hive(s) and extend a minimum of ten feet (10') in length beyond the hive.

                        (g)        The number of hives permitted in A and R-S zoning districts is based on lot size as shown in Table 2.

Table 2

Lot Size

Permitted Number of Hives

43,561 sq. ft. or larger

No Limit


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 10-02, Amended, 2/18/2010
Ord. No. 12-26, Amended, 9/20/2012
Ord. No. 97-19, Enacted, 4/17/1997
Ord. No. 04-69, Recodified, 12/16/2004
Ord. No. 15-17, Amended, 9/17/2015

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