Policy Summary

The City of Cleveland updated its zoning code to allow residents to keep bees, chickens, and other farm animals on their property. The ordinance allows six animals for a 4800 square foot lot, prohibits animals so noisy that they habitually disturb the peace, and allows animals to be kept on vacant lots under certain conditions. The ordinance also required the city to conduct a review after six months to see whether complaints had been received, how many, etc., and to visit licensed sites to see how the regulations were working.

Background Information

State Ohio
Jurisdiction Name Cleveland
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

Applications for licenses must be made to the Public Health Dept (sec. 342.02(h)--the second (h)); "Farm animals shall be kept only in conditions that limit odors and noise and the attraction of insects and rodents so as not to cause a nuisance to occupants of nearby buildings or properties and not to cause health hazards"(Sec. 342.02(f)).

Environmental linkage?

Economic linkage?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The regulations of this section are established to permit the keeping of farm animals and bees in a manner that prevents nuisances to occupants of nearby properties and prevents conditions that are unsanitary or unsafe." 347.02(a)

Includes definitions?


Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

City Council shall use the report submitted by the Department of Public Health and the Department of Building and Housing to make a determination on the effectiveness of the regulations 347.02(m).

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Uncodified ordinance updating the city's zoning code to allow for keeping of farm animals and bees in a way that will not cause a nuisance. It appears that this law has been subsequently amended. Most current, codified version is at Cleveland, Oh. Code, Part III, Land Use Code, Part IIIB, Zoning Code; Title VII, Sec. 347.02 (current through Oct. 9, 2017), http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Ohio/cleveland_oh/partthreelandusecode/partiiiblandusecode-zoningcode/titleviizoningcode/chapter347-specificusesregulated?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:cleveland_oh$anc=JD_347.02.


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