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Animal Control Regulations

Agricultural Advisory Board

The Agricultural Advisory Board, through the authority granted to it by the Board of County Commissioners, is empowered to perform the following functions:

1. Review any regulatory amendments proposed to be made to the Adams County Zoning Regulations pertaining to the keeping of animals on agriculturally zoned properties and make recommendations to the County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners concerning such proposed amendments.

2. Recommend, to the Director of Planning and Development, the resolution of disputes that may arise between property owners of agriculturally zoned land within the County and the Director concerning interpretation of these regulations pertaining to the keeping of animals on agriculturally zoned lands.

Noncommercial Livestock and Poultry Operations:

* The keeping of poultry and/or livestock as defined in §2.200 is only allowed in the Agricultural and Residential Estate Zone Districts. Livestock may be kept on property in the RE, Residential Estate Zone District only if the owner of said livestock resides on the property and is a registered member of a 4-H or FFA or other agricultural education program. This does not apply to horses kept for recreational purposes.

* The keeping of noncommercial livestock and poultry is allowed in accordance with Tables 4-1 and 4-2. On those properties where livestock and poultry are allowed, the following performance standards shall be observed:

1. All manure shall be removed periodically or incorporated into the soil on a regular basis such that the manure does not draw flies, or other insects, or cause obnoxious odors. (Not applicable to properties over 35 acres in size).

2. Adequate overflow drainage on drinking facilities shall be provided to prevent the saturation of soil on adjacent property.

3. Spillage and leftovers from livestock feedings must be removed or so disposed of as to prevent fly, bird, or rodent propagation, or creation of odors. (Not applicable to properties over 35 acres in size).

4. Any new shed, shelter, pen or enclosure for livestock shall not be closer than 100 feet to any off-property residence or place of business and shall be set back 25 feet from the side lot line and 50 feet from the front lot line.

5. All sheds or other shelter for livestock shall be kept reasonably free of rodents and insects and shall be kept in good repair.

6. Adequate drainage facilities or improvements shall be constructed to protect any adjacent rivers, streams, or other bodies of water from pollution.

7. In subdivided areas, all livestock shall be kept within a fenced area.

8. Adherence to the Colorado Confined Animal Feeding Regulations, promulgated by the Colorado Department of Health, Water Quality Control Commission.

* On agriculturally zoned properties of greater than 35 acres, the number of livestock are not regulated, unless the operation meets the definition of a Livestock Confinement Operation. However, the keeping of such livestock must comply with the performance standards listed above.

* The maximum number of allowable livestock per lot does not apply to young animals below weaning age, or six (6) months of age, whichever is less.

Livestock:

* A livestock and/or poultry confinement operation, as defined in §2.200, shall not be operated without first having obtained a permit from the Board of County Commissioners.

* An application for a permit to operate shall include the following requirements which shall be submitted to the Department of Planning and Development at least 50 days prior to the first unfilled Planning Commission hearing agenda:

1. Application form, completed and signed by the property owner, with a $500 application fee;

2. Certified boundary survey;

3. Plot plan showing the location of all present and/or proposed buildings, parking areas, ingress and egress, stable areas, pens and other constructional features;

4. Description of the proposed operation in sufficient detail to indicate effects of operation in producing water pollution or other environmental or social impacts;

5. Submission of a Proposed Management Plan which, at a minimum, addresses the following:

a. Plans and methods of disposal of sewage and other wastes;

b. Plans and methods of water supply;

c. Plans and methods of drainage facilities;

d. Soil and geologic reports; and

e. The Colorado Confined Animal Feeding Regulations, promulgated by the Colorado Department of Health, Water Quality Control Commission.

6. An area map showing the location of surrounding buildings, structures, residences, roads, subdivisions, and zoning within 1 mile of the facility;

7. The names and addresses of property owners within a 1 mile radius, unless increased by the Director of Planning and Development.

* Procedures: The same procedures as applicable to a rezoning request (See §6.114) shall be followed.

*Criteria for approval of the Management Plan: The Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners shall consider, but not be limited to, the following:

1. Does the proposed Operation comply with the requirements of all applicable Regulations?

2. Is the proposed Operation consistent with the purposes of these Regulations and with the Comprehensive Plan?

3. Is the proposed Operation compatible with the surrounding area, in harmony with the character of the area, and would it pose any potential detrimental effect to the immediate area, to the health, safety, or welfare of the inhabitants of the area or the County?

4. Is the Proposed Management Plan reasonable and functional?

* Permit Requirements: If approved, the Livestock and/or Poultry Confinement Operation shall be issued subject to strict adherence to the approved Management Plan and to the Performance Standards as specified below:

1. All such operations shall be located at least 100 feet away from any on-property residence, 50 feet from any right-of-way and 500 feet from any off-property residence (unless the operation is an existing operation and has been deemed to be a legal non-conforming use);

2. Manure shall be handled and disposed of in a sanitary method, approved by Tri-County Health Department;

3. Environmental and/or chemical and scientific controls shall be provided as approved by Tri-County Health Department;

4. Drainage facilities or improvements as approved by the Tri-County Health Department shall be constructed to protect any adjacent rivers, streams or other bodies of water;

5. Adequate means of scraping, grading and cleaning shall be provided at all times as approved by the Tri-County Health Department;

6. All animals shall be cared for in a humane and sanitary manner as approved by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian’s Office;

7. Grazing lands shall be maintained in accordance with standards and specifications outlined by the United States Department of Agriculture and the local Soil Conservation Service;

8. All Operations shall comply with the "Confined Animal Feeding Operations Control Regulations" specified by the Colorado Department of Health.

* Administration of the Livestock and/or Poultry Confinement Permit:

1. Cancellation of Permit: The Board of County Commissioners shall have the power to cancel permits for violation of any of these Regulations or conditions imposed by said Board, or for good cause. Upon at least ten days written notice to the permittee, the Board shall hold a hearing to determine the nature and extent of the alleged violation and shall have the power to suspend or revoke the permit and to require correctional measures to be taken.

2. Transfer of a Permit: The approved Management Plan and conditions of the permit shall be applicable and binding as long as a Confinement Operation is in operation on the property. The Permit will be considered to run with the land unless specifically granted to an individual as a condition of approval of the Permit.

3. Recording: All Confinement Operation Permits shall be so designated on the official, recorded Zoning Maps of Adams County by a star with the initials L-C-O inside to denote the location of the Permit.

* Buffer Zone for Livestock and/or Poultry Confinement Operation: For all new Confinement Operations established after August 8, 1977, no residential zoning or subdivision of agricultural land shall be allowed within a one mile radius of such a facility.

Stocking Rates Tables

TABLE 4-1

A-1, A-2 and A-3 AGRICULTURE ZONE DISTRICTS

 
Up to .25 AC
>.25 AC
to
<.50 AC
.50 AC
to
<1.0 AC
1 AC
to
2.0 AC
>2 AC
to
5.0 AC
>5 AC
to
10 AC
>10 AC
to
35 AC
>35 AC
Maximum Number of Household Pets Allowed
10
10
10
20
20
20
20
NR1
Maximum Number of Livestock Equivalent Units Allowed
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Type of Animal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alpacas
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Beefalo
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Bees (Colonies)
NA
NA
5
5
5
10
NR
NR
Buffalo
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Cats
32
32
42
42
42
52
82
NR1
Cattle
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Chickens (Hens/Roosters)
NA
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
NR
NR1
Chinchillas
2
2
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
NR
NR1
Deer
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Dogs
32
32
32
32
42
62
82
NR1
Ducks/Geese
NA
NA
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
NR
NR1
Elk
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Emus
NA
NA
40/AC
40/AC
40/AC
40/AC
NR
NR1
Ferrets
22
22
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
NR
NR1
Game Fowl
103
103
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR1
Goats
NA
NA
8/AC
8/AC
8/AC
8/AC
NR
NR1
Guinea Pigs
22
22
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
NR
NR1
Horses
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Llamas
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Mules
NA
NA
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
4/AC
NR
NR1
Ostriches
NA
NA
15/AC
15/AC
15/AC
15/AC
NR
NR1
Peafowl
See Note 3
See Note 3
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR1
Pigeons
See Note 3
See Note 3
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR1
Rabbits
See Note 3
See Note 3
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
NR
NR1
Sheep
NA
NA
8/AC
8/AC
8/AC
8/AC
NR
NR1
Swine
NA
NA
8/AC
8/AC
8/AC
8/AC
NR
NR1
Turkeys
NA
NA
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
50/AC
NR
NR1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TABLE 4-2

RE, RESIDENTIAL ESTATE ZONE DISTRICT

 
Up to .25 AC
>.25 AC
to
<.50 AC
.50 AC
to
<1.0 AC
1 AC
to
2.0 AC
>2 AC
to
5.0 AC
>5 AC
to
10 AC
>10 AC
to
35 AC
>35 AC
Maximum Number of Household Pets Allowed
10
10
10
20
20
20
30
30
Maximum Number of Livestock Equivalent Units Allowed
NA
NA
NA
2/AC
2/AC
2/AC
2/AC
2/AC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Type of Animal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alpacas
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Beefalo
NA
NA
NA
2/AC
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Bees (Colonies)
NA
NA
NA
53
53
5
10
25
Buffalo
NA
NA
NA
2/AC
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Cats
32
32
32
42
42
52
52
52
Cattle
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Chickens (Hens/Roosters)
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
4/AC1
10/AC1
10/AC1
Chinchillas
22
22
22
22
22
42
42
42
Deer
NA
NA
NA
2/AC
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Dogs
22
22
22
32
32
42
42
52
Ducks/Geese
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
4/AC1
10/AC1
10/AC1
Elk
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Emus
NA
NA
NA
5/AC1
10/AC1
10/AC1
10/AC1
10/AC1
Ferrets
22
22
22
22
22
52
52
52
Game Fowl
103
103
103
153
253
30
35
40
Goats
NA
NA
NA
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
Guinea Pigs
102
102
102
202
202
202
302
302
Horses
NA
NA
NA
2/AC
2/AC
2/AC
2/AC
2/AC
Llamas
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Mules
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
2/AC1
Ostriches
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
5/AC1
5/AC1
5/AC1
5/AC1
Peafowl
103
103
103
153
253
30
35
40
Pigeons
See Note 3
See Note 3
See Note 3
See Note 3
See Note 3
See Note 3
See Note 3
See Note 3
Rabbits
102
102
102
202
202
202
302
302
Sheep
NA
NA
NA
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
Swine
NA
NA
NA
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
4/AC1
Turkeys
NA
NA
NA
2/AC1
2/AC1
4/AC1
10/AC1
10/AC1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TABULATION OF ANIMAL UNIT DENSITIES:

* The types, and densities, of animals allowed have been detailed on Tables 4-1 and 4-2. To determine the maximum number of animals allowed on a given property:

1. Locate the Table corresponding to the zone district in which the property is located.

2. Within that Table, locate the column which best identifies the lot size of the property.

3. Locate the desired animal from among those listed in the left-hand column.

4. The box in which the lot size column and the animal type row intersect will specify the maximum number of that animal allowed on the property.

* The following are acronyms used in Tables 4-1 and 4-2 and their meaning:

NR = Not Regulated

NA = Not Allowed

AC = Acre

CUP = Conditional Use Permit

* Any combination of allowed animals may be kept, but at no time shall the maximum number of any specific type of animal be exceeded, nor shall the total maximum number of household pets or the total maximum number of livestock be exceeded. Where allowed, the number of livestock is in addition to the number of household pets permitted; and the number of household pets is in addition to the number of livestock permitted.

* For animals not listed or not clearly fitting within one or more the categories listed, the Director of Planning and Development shall determine in what zone district(s) the animal is allowed and in what lot size categories the keeping of such an animal is appropriate. Should the property owner disagree with the determination of the Director of Planning and Development, the matter shall be referred to the Agricultural Advisory Board for a recommendation to resolve the issue.

Additional Information

Information in this section was acquired from the Adams County Planning and Development Website: http://www.co.adams.co.us/index.aspx?nid=283

 

Department of Planning & Development
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy
First Floor, Ste. W2000A
Brighton, CO  80601

 

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