How many animals can I have on my property?
Chapter 9 of the Zoning Ordinance No. 3 provides standards for the number of animals a property owner can keep on his/her property. Raising of animals or livestock on a property requires that the parcel meet or exceed the minimum acreage required by the respective zoning district. Animals are measured by animal units, a factor that takes into account the size and weight of each animal, as defined by the table in Chapter 9. The number of animals allowed is one animal unit for the first two productive acres, and subsequently one animal unit per each additional productive acre. Productive acres are defined as acre of land on which crop tilling or pasturing can occur, and excludes areas where buildings, septic locations, lakes, wetlands, streams, woodlands, and other amenities exist. Additional information about productive acres and animal units can be obtained from the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Additional information is available through our Animal Unit Fact Sheet (PDF).

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1. What is my property zoned and what are the building setbacks?
2. Do I have the ability to further subdivide my property and if so how can this be done?
3. My lot size is below the minimum allowed by the zoning district performance standards, can I a) build a home on the property or b) increase the size of the existing home?
4. I own a small business; can I locate and operate the business on my property if it is in a residential zoning district?
5. What size accessory building am I allowed to put up and what are the setbacks?
6. How many animals can I have on my property?