FINANCE COMMITTEE


08-059-O

ORDINANCE NO. __________


AN ORDINANCE ADDING SECTIONS 6-79 AND 6-79.1 OF THE DULUTH CITY CODE, 1959, AS AMENDED, PERTAINING TO OBTAINING A LICENSE TO KEEP CHICKENS IN CITY.

BY COUNCILORS GILBERT AND GARDNER:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

     Section 1. That Section 6-79 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be added to read as follows:

Sec. 6-79.Obtaining a license to keep chickens.

(a)Any person who keeps chickens in the city of Duluth other than S suburban districts shall obtain an annual license prior to January 1 of each year, or within 30 days of acquiring the chickens. The license year commences on January 1 and ends on the following December 31. Applications shall be made to the city clerk. The city clerk shall collect the fee. The city clerk shall assess a late fee from every owner of the chickens if the owner fails to obtain a license within 30 days of acquiring the chickens.

(b)Fees to be charged for the issuance of a license to keep chickens shall be set in accordance with Section 31-b(a) of this Code.

(c)All licenses shall be conditioned upon a passing inspection by the animal control authority.

(d)The animal control authority may refuse to grant or revoke a license if the chickens become a nuisance, as evidenced by three admitted or judicially-determined violations of the Duluth City Code within twelve consecutive months.

(e)No person previously convicted of cruelty to animals shall be issued a license without prior review of the underlying conviction by the animal control authority.

(f)All reports of such inspections and reviews shall be in writing and maintained by the animal control authority.

     Section 2. That Section 6-79.1 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be added to read as follows:

Sec. 6-79.1.Keeping of chickens.

(a)Each person holding the license to keep chickens within the city of Duluth shall comply with the following:

     Section 3. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This ordinance adds new sections to the Duluth City Code relating to obtaining a license to keep chickens and regulating the keeping of chickens within the city of Duluth.