Animals in the City limits

I am looking to buy a home in the city limits that is 4 acres and would like to have goats and or horses. Is that allowed in the city limits?

Thanks for your inquiry.

Section 5: Keeping of livestock.

A. It shall be unlawful, subject to the provisions of sections 7 and 8 of this chapter, for any person to keep a cow, horse, donkey, mule, goat, sheep or other livestock on any premises of which the overall fenced grazing area for livestock is less than one acre for the first adult animal and one-third of an acre for each additional livestock kept or to keep more than can be cared for under sanitary conditions so as not to create a public nuisance and in no event exceed the permitted number of adults and their young up to six months of age. When such livestock is kept on unplatted and undeveloped land within the City limits and the number of livestock exceeds seven (7) adult animals, then the maximum number of livestock shall not exceed one adult animal per acre.

B. In addition, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any livestock shelters or barns within 200 feet of any adjacent dwelling or public place or within forty-five feet (45′) of any property line or residential structure on site within the City limits.

C. When the number of livestock on any property exceeds seven (7) adult animals, the fenced grazing area for such animals shall not be located closer than 200 feet of any adjacent dwelling or public place or within 100 feet of a residential structure on site.

D. All rules regarding the tethering of animals, as stated in Section 11, paragraphs D through I, of this Ordinance, shall apply to the keeping of livestock.

E. All livestock shall have current vaccinations and health certifications, such as, negative Coggins tests for horses, etc.

F. Barbed wire shall not be used to enclose areas for livestock except on areas larger than three acres in size.

E. Barbed wire is prohibited within 300 feet of any residential district boundary line except Agricultural Districts.

G. Feed Lot operations for livestock production are strictly prohibited within the corporate City limits of Terrell.

H. See Section 13 for exceptions and/or permits.


D.J. Ory, Mayor