[HISTORY: Adopted by Common Council of City of North Tonawanda 10-3-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The raising of pigeons in the City of North Tonawanda shall not be for any commercial purposes but maintained solely for a hobby or sport activity. No person shall keep, maintain or harbor any pigeons within the city except upon the conditions set forth in this chapter.
Pigeons shall be kept in a suitable house or coop. There shall be at least one square foot of floor space in any loft or house in which pigeons are kept for each such pigeon kept therein.
The maximum number of pigeons housed or harbored shall not exceed 75 for plots of 1/4 acre or less, 100 for plots exceeding 1/4 acre but less than one acre in area and a maximum of 200 pigeons for plots of one acre or more.
No pigeon house or loft shall be constructed except within the rear yard of a premises, and said lofts or houses shall be erected and maintained in an aesthetically pleasing manner and shall be suitably screened from view by a fence or by shrubs, unless said loft or house is located in such a manner as not to be visible from the surrounding streets. In no event shall said loft or house be located less than five feet from any lot line or less than 15 feet from an adjoining residence.
If the location of a loft or house existing on the date this ordinance becomes effective fails to meet the requirements of this ordinance, it may be maintained as a nonconforming use. In the event that a nonconforming loft or house is enlarged or rebuilt after being substantially destroyed, said renovated or enlarged loft must meet all requirements of this ordinance.
All pigeons must be kept securely confined in lofts or houses except during exercise periods or when returning home from a training toss or race, in which event they must be secured as soon as is reasonably possible. Said exercise periods may not exceed a total time of two hours prior to 11:00 a.m. of any weekday and not more than two hours after 5:00 p.m. of any weekday. On weekends and legal holidays, said exercise periods may not exceed one hour before 11:00 a.m. of any such day and one hour after 5:00 p.m. of any such day.
The lofts or houses in which such pigeons are kept must be cleaned regularly and at least once each day or at least always maintained in a sanitary manner and free of offensive odors. Pigeon refuse and pigeon feed must be stored in metal containers, with metal covers, or in rodent-proof containers, securely closed.
Any person housing or harboring pigeons must obtain a permit from the City Clerk. No permit shall be issued to any person convicted of a violation of this ordinance. Any person housing or harboring pigeons on the effective date of this ordinance must obtain a permit pursuant to this section.
Said permit must be renewed annually. The fee for said permit and each renewal thereof shall be $10.
If any person is convicted of a violation of this ordinance, said permit shall be revoked.
A violation of any provision of this ordinance shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 for each offense or imprisonment for not more than 15 days for each offense, or both fine and imprisonment. Each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this chapter exists shall constitute a separate violation.
The provisions hereof shall be considered separable, and if any portion hereof is declared invalid, such declaration of invalidity shall not affect any other portion.
This ordinance shall become effective on the day after publication in the official newspaper of the City of North Tonawanda.