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Non-Commercial Livestock/Wild Animal Permit Application

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Name of Applicant(s):
Applicant's e-mail address
Applicant's Full Address (Please Include Zip Code):
Applicant's Telephone Number:
Subject Property Address:
How is the subject property zoned?
Name of Landowner:
Landowner's Full Address (Please Include Zip Code):
Total Lot Area Measured in Square Feet (1 acre = 43,560 square feet):
Check the Boxes for all Poultry that Apply:
Check the Boxes for all Poultry that Apply:
Number of Animals:

A.  Owner has obtained a permit from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission authorizing owner to keep such an animal.
B.  Owner has demonstrated that livestock will be kept on a tract of land that:
     * Consist of at least 40,000 square feet of land under single ownership or control;
     * At least 20,000 square feet of land per animal; and
     * Housing for animal(s) shall be erected or maintained within 25 feet of any property line.
C.  Permitted animal does not interfere seriously with the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties because of offensive, noise, odor or for other reasons.
D.  Animal does not constitute a threat to the public or safety and does not pose a substantial danger or harm to any person, animal or property.
E.  Applicant has submitted drawing depicting property lines, animal housing structures, fences, manure storage area, and any other structures on property. (Upload drawing below.)

 Upload the required drawing here

Permit Regulations:

  • An issued permit may be revoked by the code enforcement office for any reason that would have justified a denial of the permit. If revoked, the applicant shall be given a written explanation of the reason(s)  for the revocation.
  • Upon the determination of a violation, the owner shall have 30 days in which to bring the property or condition into compliance or remove the animals from the premises.
  •  Any person denied a permit or has a permit revoked shall have the right to appeal the decision to the city manager or his designee. Appeal shall be made by giving written notice to the City Manager within 30 days of the date of the denial or revocation. The City Manager or his designee shall conduct a hearing to determine if the permit should be denied or revoked. (Ordinance of 3-15-88, § l)

Note about Livestock and Wild Animals: no person may keep within the city any wild animal or livestock except in accordance with a livestock permit. Livestock shall include cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses, mules and all other animals that typically are kept primarily for productive or useful purposes rather than as pets. Wild animals shall include an animal that typically is found in a non-domesticated state and that, because of its size or vicious propensity or because it is poisonous or for any other substantial reason poses a potential danger to persons, other animals or property or is classified as a wild animal by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. 

Applicant ResponsibilitiesThe applicant alone bears the responsibility of insuring that his/her lot, structures, and uses thereon, do not violate other laws, regulations, or the rights of neighbors and other parties. Applicant acknowledges that he/she has not relied on any oral or written statements of any officer of Wilmington, as to any matters other than zoning. I hereby certify that the information submitted in accordance with this application is correct, that I am the property owner or have permission from the property owner to submit this application. 

Applicant's acknowledgment.
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