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Cleveland, Oh., Code § 205.04 (current through Sept. 25, 2017)
Brief Summary
The law establishes a licensing scheme for applying for licenses to keep animals and bees within the city. The law allows for a 2 year license, and if in a residential area, requires at least 21 day notice of the application to property owners (but not renters) of property adjoining where the bees/animals would be housed. Also says that input from "neighbors" may be considered in approving/denying the application. Also allows for licenses to be granted for lots that are vacant or unoccupied, with conditions.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Ohio
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Cleveland
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. States that licenses may be denied if there are unsafe or unsanitary conditions (205.04 b (1); and that that compliance with Section 347.02 of the Zoning Code (regarding sanitation and nuisances and operational practices in the keeping of farm animals or bees) is also necessary.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Contents of license application form, 205.04); process for approves/denial of applications, including collecting providing notice to neighbors of property for which application is sought (205.04 (b)); Board of Control (sets fees--205.04); approval of the site plan by the Department of Building and Housing 205.04(b)(3).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Violations must be fixed within 7 days of notice; first offense is $50; second offense within 4 months is $75; third offense within 2 year licensing period results in removal of bees/animals. (205.04 (f)).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Part Two, Health Code, Title One: Nuisances and General Provisions, Chapter 205 Animals and Fowl. Legislative history includes Ord. no. 1562-08, adopted on 2-2-09.