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Fredericksburg, VA., Code Chapter 14, art. IX (current through May 23, 2017)
Brief Summary
Regulates the keeping of chickens and bees. License is required for both with annual renewal. Up to four chickens (no roosters) and up to two beehives per single-family lot are allowed. Chickens may be kept for personal use only - selling of eggs or slaughtering is not allowed.
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Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Virginia
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Fredericksburg
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?
No.
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?
Yes. § 14-1.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Licensing procedures are described in §§ 14-232, 14-241.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. The City Manager may treat noncomplying uses as a nuisance and revoke licenses if conditions are not resolved; law enforcement officer may issues a criminal summons after a written notice of violation is issued. §§ 14-232 (E )-(G) and 14-241 (E ) - (G).
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
Chapter 14 (Animals); Article IX (Urban Agriculture); Division 1 (Chickens) and Division 2 (Honeybees). History: Ord. No. 12-20, 9-11-2012; Ord. No. 12-21, 9-11-2012.