Township of West Caldwell, NJ
Essex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Editor's Note: See also Chapter 9 of the Revised General Ordinances for additional animal regulations. See Chapter BH10 for provisions concerning rabies inoculation.
[1993 Code § 225-1]
No person shall have or keep or maintain in his possession any goats, sheep, swine, cattle or wild animals on any lands or premises within the limits of the township. Any resident, however, owning and maintaining any of the enumerated animals as pets on his premises on November 7, 1973, may continue to keep and maintain the same, provided that the resident shall report the animal to the Health Officer within 30 days, and a permit shall be issued to the owner without fee.
[1993 Code § 225-2A; BH Ord. 7/6/83]
a. 
Not more than one horse, pony or other equine animal shall be kept, harbored or maintained on a lot in a residential zone having less than two acres in extent.
b. 
Not more than three horses, ponies, or other equine animals may be kept on a lot in a residential zone of three acres or more. The pen, corral, enclosure or stable shall not be less than 20 feet from the adjacent property lines and shall be at least 100 feet from any neighboring dwelling.
c. 
The stable shall be defined as an adequate structure for housing a horse or pony. No structure housing a horse or pony shall be located nearer than 20 feet to any adjacent property line or 100 feet to any neighboring dwelling.
d. 
Stables must be built so as not to create offensive odors, fly breeding or other nuisances.
e. 
Manure must be collected and removed daily or maintained in a sanitary manner so as to prevent offensive odors, fly breeding or other nuisances.
[1993 Code § 225-2B]
Nothing herein contained shall authorize or permit the conducting of a commercial enterprise or activity on any premises situated in a residential zone under the provisions of Chapter 20, Zoning, of the Township Code, and any such commercial activity, including the rental of horses and ponies or any other commercial activity, is prohibited. Where the owner of any property has granted permission to any person permitting the use of his premises for the purpose of keeping, harboring or maintaining any horses or ponies upon his premises as herein limited and provided, then and in that event the owner shall file with the Board of Health a copy of any agreement, permit or license to the person making use of his premises for such purpose, with his post office address, in order that the Board of Health may be informed of the use of the premises by persons other than the owner, so that notice of any violation of the terms and provisions of health chapters of this Code can be given to the tenant or occupants of the premises.
[1993 Code § 225-3A]
a. 
No person shall keep on his property or in his possession, or permit to be kept, any small animal, live chickens, pigeons or other fowl in excess of four in number without first having obtained a permit from the Board of Health to keep the same, on forms provided by the Board of Health. The keeping of roosters is prohibited.
b. 
No person shall keep on his property or in his possession more than three adult dogs or three adult cats without having first obtained a permit from the Board of Health. An adult dog or cat shall be defined as an animal six months in age or older.
c. 
Any person owning no more than six adult dogs or six adult cats before October 1, 1992, is permitted to keep and maintain the same.
[1993 Code § 225-3B]
The following rules and regulations shall govern the keeping of small animals, as herein defined, live chickens, pigeons or other fowl:
a. 
No person shall keep or permit to be kept more than four small animals, live chickens, pigeons or other fowl without first having obtained a permit from the Board of Health.
b. 
No such animals or fowl shall be kept in any dwelling house, store or building occupied by human beings.
c. 
Small animals or fowl shall be at all times kept outdoors in an enclosure, the location and size of which shall be approved by the Health Officer of the Board of Health.
d. 
Such animals without a permit, as above stated, shall be limited to four in number. Fowl shall be limited to six in number, and pigeons shall be limited to 12 in number.
e. 
Such animals shall not be permitted to run at large, and such fowl shall not be permitted to fly at large, within the township, except that pedigreed homing, high-flying or air-performing pigeons may be permitted to fly for exercise or training at the discretion of the owner, provided that such flight shall not be or become a public nuisance.
[1993 Code § 225-3C]
The construction, location and maintenance of sheds, coops, pens and other structures in which animals or fowl are kept or housed shall comply with the following requirements:
a. 
No structure shall be built or maintained which is less than 50 feet from the doors or windows of any neighboring dwelling or less than 10 feet from any neighboring property line.
b. 
All such places shall be kept in good repair, shall have floor impervious to moisture and shall be waterproof, free from rats and vermin, properly lighted and ventilated and in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
c. 
All plans for such structures and all structures intended for the use of housing such animals or fowl shall be in accordance with the Construction Codes of the township.
d. 
A wire porch attached to the structure in which fowl are to be kept may be permitted. Such porch shall be at least one foot above the surrounding ground and shall consist of one-inch mesh hardware cloth for the floor with any convenient size wire for the sides and top and shall not extend more than four feet from the house or coop.
[1993 Code § 225-3D]
No person shall sell or keep for sale live rabbits or live poultry, including chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys or other fowl, without having first been issued a permit to do so by the Board of Health. This permit does not give the licensee the right to slaughter or dress animals or fowl.
[1993 Code § 225-3E]
The fee for the issuance of any permits required by this chapter shall be $10, unless stated otherwise.