Village of Fonda, NY
Montgomery County
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[Adopted 4-23-1928, amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The following rules and regulations shall govern the keeping of live chickens, pigeons, or other fowl:
No person shall keep or permit to be kept in any dwelling house, store or building occupied by human beings, any live chickens, pigeons or other fowl for breeding or raising, nor shall such fowl be permitted to run or fly at large within the Village of Fonda, except that pedigreed homing, high-flying or air-performing pigeons may be permitted to fly for exercise or training by the owner unless such flight shall prove to be a public nuisance.
The construction, location and maintenance of shed, coops, pens and other structures in which fowl are kept or housed shall comply with the following requirements:
No structure shall be built or maintained which is less than 25 feet from the door or windows of any neighboring dwelling or less than 10 feet from any neighboring property line.
All such places shall be kept in good repair, shall have a floor impervious to moisture, waterproof, free from rats and vermin, properly lighted and ventilated and in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
All plans for such structures and all structures intended for use of housing such animals or fowl shall be in accordance with the New York State Building Code.
No run of any kind shall be permitted. A wire porch attached to the structure in which fowl are to be kept may be permitted. Such porch shall be at least one foot above the surrounding ground and shall consist of one-inch mesh hardware cloth for the floor with any convenient size wire for the sides and top and shall not extend more than four feet from the house or coop.
No more than 10 fowl or chickens shall be kept by any one applicant at any one location, except that persons engaged in the breeding or raising of fowl for commercial purposes and shall only be allowed on property with the following current New York State Office of Real Property Services Property Type Classification and Ownership Codes classification: 100, 300, 400, 500, and whose structures for keeping and housing animals or fowl are located not less than 250 feet from any neighboring dwelling may, at the discretion of the Code Enforcement Officer and/or Public Health Officer of the Village of Fonda, be permitted to keep more than five animals or 25 fowl. No greater number of animals or fowl shall be kept by a licensee than shall be designated in the license; licenses expire annually from the time of issuance.
All manure pending disposal shall be kept or stored in tightly covered metal containers or in any other manner as approved by the Board of Health, so as not to breed flies or create a nuisance.
Any person or persons violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a maximum fine of $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.