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Q. - Are you allowed to raise chickens
in your backyard if you live within the city limits of Terrell? If so,
what are the guidelines?
Answer - Thanks for your inquiry.
According to the City of Terrell Ordinance, titled Animal Control,
"It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or have on his premises
more than two (2) or one (1) litter of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese,
pigeons or other poultry or domestic fowl or more than two (2) or one
(1) litter of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mink, ferrets
or other small fur-bearing animals within one hundred (100') of any
dwelling or public place within the city limits unless a specific use
permit has been granted by the city council in accordance with the city's
zoning regulations. This provision does NOT apply to undeveloped land
within the city limits that exceeds three (3) acres in size."
If a citizen suspects a specific location of a violation, they should
feel free to report this to the Animal Control Department any day of
the week, Sunday through Saturday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5p.m.
The Animal Control Officers will respond to the location and investigate
the matter as quickly as possible and take appropriate action, including
the issuance of pertinent citation(s).
Hal Richards, Mayor