CITY CODE, CHAPTER 8 - ANIMALS
Sec. 8-2. Keeping livestock and certain animals prohibited.
(a) Except for a retail establishment engaging in the lawful sale of animals and Sarasota Jungle
Gardens, it shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor, raise or maintain the following:
(1) Any livestock;
(2) Any poultry, except chickens being kept, harbored, raised, or maintained as
accessory to a residential single family structure, subject to the following
a. No more than four (4) chickens may be kept, with roosters prohibited,
b. No person shall slaughter any chickens,
c. The chickens shall be provided with a movable covered enclosure (i.e. “chicken
tractor”) and must be kept in the covered enclosure or a fenced enclosure at all
times. No covered enclosure or fenced enclosure shall be located in the front
yard nor shall it be closer than ten (10) feet to any property line of an adjacent
d. All enclosures for the keeping of chickens shall be so constructed and
maintained as to prevent rodents or other pests from being harbored underneath,
within, or within the walls of the enclosure and to protect the chickens from
predators. Enclosures shall be kept in neat condition, including provision of
clean, dry bedding materials and regular removal of waste materials,
e. All feed and other items associated with the keeping of chickens that are likely
to attract or to become infested with or infected by rodents or other pests shall
be kept in secure containers or otherwise protected so as to prevent rodents and
other pests from gaining access to or coming into contact with them;
(3) Any rabbits, except those being kept, harbored, raised or maintained:
a. As pets within a completely enclosed dwelling or detached garage capable of
housing at least two cars;
b. In an outside enclosure, coop or pen, up to a maximum of two rabbits.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) above, the city manager or his designee
may, by special permit, authorize the keeping harboring, raising or maintaining of livestock,
poultry or rabbits (not within a dwelling) within the city limits. A special permit may only be
issued for a specified limited period of time and shall set forth such conditions or requirements as
shall be deemed necessary to mitigate the potential adverse effects upon neighboring properties.
In determining whether a special permit shall be issued, the city manager or his designee shall
consider the nature of the request, the potential benefit to the city or the general public which
may result if the special permit is granted, and any adverse effects which neighboring properties
may experience if the special permit is granted.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) above, private restrictions on the use of
property and keeping of animals shall remain enforceable and take precedence over the standards
herein. Private restrictions include but are not limited to deed restrictions, condominium master
deed restrictions, neighborhood association by-laws, and covenant deeds. The interpretation and
enforcement of the private restriction is the sole responsibility of the private parties involved.