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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Fredericksburg
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 14-1

Addresses implementation?
Yes

Licensing procedures are described in §§ 14-232, 14-241.

Enforcement provisions?
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).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.