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 restrictions:
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 covered enclosure 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 property,
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 subjection (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.