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Local zoning laws: Livestock

Zoning laws determine what can or cannot be built on a portion of land. You must abide by the laws, or an entire project could end up being against local ordinances.

One thing that you should understand is the zoning law regarding livestock. Many people like to have small pens of chickens or livestock on residential property, but that's not always allowed.

What should you do if you want to keep cows, chickens or other animals on your property?

It is important for you to look into your local zoning laws as well as nuisance, public health and animal welfare laws. Zoning laws are among the most important because they describe which animals may or may not be allowed. There may also be restrictions on the number of animals you can have on a piece of land.

For example, in the city, it may be unacceptable to house a horse or cow on your property, but having a small pig or chicken could be acceptable. Every city is different, so you'll need to look into your local area's zoning laws and the laws that apply to the specific parcel of land you're interested in using.

Zoning laws are important because they help keep the public safe. Different areas are assigned for different purposes, which is something you should be willing to respect. Your attorney can help you learn more about the local area's zoning laws before you buy a home or piece of land so that you know it will be able to support whatever activity you'd like to do while there.

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