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Livestock Permits

There is no fee to obtain a specific use permit. Details for obtaining the permit are listed in the following ordinance.

Ordinance No. 2011-27 Fowl and Livestock

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person who is the owner of any hog or pig of any kind, or any person who has any hog or pig under their management or control, to keep the same, or allow the same to remain in any pen or in any other place within the city limits. This does not include Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, in which one per residence is permitted.

(b) No person shall keep upon any tract of land or any lot within the city limits any livestock or farm animals of any kind, including but not limited to cattle, sheep or goats of any kind unless the tract of land or lot has a minimum of 20,000 square feet of surface. Up to one head of livestock may be kept for each 20,000 square feet of surface on the tract of land or lot excluding any dwelling or any part thereof. No fractional measurements of land will be allowed, nor shall the livestock be allowed to roam free, graze, or be kept within 500 feet of any food service establishment or food processing establishment, regardless of ownership or occupancy of such establishments. All persons keeping the livestock upon any tract of land or lot within the city limits will be held responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the land or lot so as not to allow it to become a public nuisance by the odor that may be created by the keeping of the livestock.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep a horse, mule or jenny in the city limits of the City of Gonzales, Texas without obtaining a Specific Use Permit under Section 14.309 of the Code of Ordinances.

  • (1) Horses, Mules or Jenny
    (A) Each animal shall have access to a covered, shelter area. The shelter area will be a minimum of fifteen feet by fifteen feet (15’X15’) for each animal and shall be constructed in a sturdy, workman-like manner. A minimum of one wall will be attached to the shelter to provide a windbreak for the animal. The adequacy of the shelter will be at the discretion of the City Manager or his designee;
  • (B) Contiguous, and in addition to the (15’x15’) shelter, each animal will have access to a thirty feet by thirty feet (30’x30’) exercise area. This area must be free of any items or materials that may pose a hazard to the animal;
  • (C) Horses are allowed to be tethered outside the exercise area no more than eight (8) hours per day. A tether is considered to be a lead-rope made of chain, ten feet (10’) in length attached to a halter. The lead-rope shall be attached to a sturdy material rope or chain with a length of twenty feet (20’);
  • (D) Each animal shall have access to a sufficient supply of fresh, clean water while in the exercise area, the shelter area, or tethered;
  • (E) The breeding of horses is strictly forbidden inside the city limits of Gonzales;
  • (F) All animals that are to be kept via a Specific Use Permit will have all required vaccinations prior to being allowed inside the city limits;
  • (G) All animals that are to be kept via a Specific Use Permit will have all required “Coggins” papers prior to being allowed inside the city limits.
  • (H) The enforcement officer may revoke the permit for any horse, mule or jenny if the permit holder fails to comply with sections (A)-(G) above.
(d) No person shall keep upon any tract of land or lot within the city limits any domestic fowl, such as, but not limited to chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, geese and/or ducks, unless the fowl are securely penned or tethered on the property of the owner and not be allowed to roam free. Any fowl of any kind found to be roaming free by the animal control officer within the city limits will be considered to be unowned and may be taken up or disposed of as may be deemed necessary to prevent the fowl from becoming a public nuisance. All owners or keepers of the fowl within the city limits will be held responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the tract of land or lot upon which the fowl are being kept so as not to allow it to become a public nuisance by the odor that may be created by the keeping of the fowl.

(e) Subsections (a), (b) and (c) above shall not apply to animal shelters, veterinary establishments, animal hospitals operated by a licensed veterinarian, livestock auctions, livestock shows or events, rodeos, or commercial animal establishments located on property zoned for such purposes. Such establishments, however, must meet sanitation requirements and keep animals securely caged or penned.

(f) Subsections (a), (b) and (d) above shall not apply to those students participating in 4-H or FFA who engage in the raising of livestock or fowl for the purpose of showing them in a livestock show.

  • (1) These persons shall be required, however, to register the keeping of such animals or fowl with the animal control department.
  • (2) There will be no fee for registering of livestock or fowl for the purpose of showing in a livestock show. Registration shall list the name and address of the student, the exact address and location where the animals or fowl are being kept, and period of time the animals or fowl will be kept at that location.
(g) Penalty
  • (1) Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000.00.
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