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Salem, Virginia, Code § 106-318 (current through May 31, 2017)
Brief Summary
Regulates the keeping of chickens in residential areas through a permitting process.
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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: Salem
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. "affordable nutritious food source" Sec. 106-318.1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. "local sustainable food system" Sec. 106-318.1; "Composting of chicken litter and waste on site" Sec. 106-318.1(B)(15).
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?
Yes. "The keeping of chickens supports a local, sustainable food system by providing an affordable, nutritious food source of fresh eggs. These regulations are to provide appropriate standards for the keeping of chickens within an urban residential environment, while protecting the residential integrity of the surrounding neighborhood and the health and safety of the chickens." Sec. 106-318.1.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Sec. 106-600.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The animal control officer will inspect the site prior to renewal of application Sec. 106-318.1(C )(1); the city zoning department provides the application 106-318.1(C )(1).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "Any violations found may subject the owner to revocation of their permit and to criminal charges as provided herein." Sec. 106-318.1(C )(1), (4).
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 106-Zoning, art. III-Use and design standards, § 106-318 -urban agriculture. History: Ord. of 6-25-2012(2).