Hens for Houston

A movement to keep Houston current by allowing the raising of chicken hens on city lots

Cats & Dogs

Here summarized are the Houston ordinances that apply to other animals, like cats and dogs.

Dogs Cats Chickens Guinea Pigs & Rabbits Cows
Can they run-at-large (not leashed off the property)? Yes, if in off-lease areas Yes, if spayed No No No
Pen location? None for 0-3 dogs, but 4+ must be 100ft from neighbors None 100ft from neighbors, unless kept commercially, or you have a medical condition requiring unfertilized eggs 100ft from neighbors, unless kept commercially 100ft from neighbors
What about litter (poop)? Waste can accumlate on owner’s property Waste can accumlate on owner’s property Pens must be cleaned and disinfected daily, limed every two days, litter must be stored in a flytight container and hauled off site weekly. Pens must be cleaned and disinfected daily, limed every two days, litter must be stored in a flytight container and hauled off site weekly. No maintenance schedule, must be kept out of the street and stored in appropriate container.
Explicit limit on number? 3 if within 100ft of neighbors No limit. none if within 100ft of neighbors, otherwise 30 on a 65×125 lot none if within 100ft of neighbors, otherwise 30 on a 65×125 lot 1 needs 5000 sqft of clear land, and 2500 sqft for every subsequent cow
Pen conditions? Safe, clean, sanitory, pet must be well fed and watered
End-of-life arrangements? Must be humane.


Summary of Cat and Dog Rules (same as above, but a list)

-No domesticated animal is allowed to run at large or be loose on someone else’s property, except for spayed cats and dogs in off-leash areas.
-General guidelines for welfare and care of animals are already included in the code (sanitary conditions, good food, clean water etc.)
-No explicit limit on the number of dogs and cats you can own. However, any enclosure or building that contains 4 or more dogs is considered a kennel, must be licensed ($200) and be no closer than 100ft to the nearest residence. To keep more dogs closer, you can apply for the permit, but the kennel must be at least 30 ft away from neighbors.
-Dogs and cats should be licensed.
-Cat and dog waste is allowed to accumulate on your property.
-Any bad or persistent smell is in violation of Neighborhood Nuisance code.
-The Noise Code states that noise from loud animals and birds can be below the allowable noise levels and still be considered a nuisance if it is continuous and it disturbs someone of “normal sensibilities”.

Other Pertinent Animal Rules

-The 100 ft from neighbors rule applies regardless of size and number of animals to chickens, rabbits, cattle, horses, goats, and dog kennels.
-Waste from animals not including cats and dogs is only allowed to accumulate if kept in a “properly constructed container” (no explaination is given)
-Cattle and their pens are subject to less stringent maintenance than chickens.

Full Text of Ordinances

Due to the size, we’ve compiled a 5 pg downloadable pdf instead of posting text. Download here.

 
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