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Wilmington, DE

Sec. 3-15. Keeping of wild animals, farm animals; exceptions; penalty.

  1. No wild animal and no wild fowl may be kept within the city limits, except under such conditions as shall be fixed by the Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; provided, however, that wild animals and wild fowl may be kept for exhibition purposes by circuses, zoos and educational institutions in accordance with such regulations as shall be established by the city or the Delaware Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Anyone keeping a wild animal pursuant to this section must do so in accordance with all applicable state laws.
  2. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or house, whether as a pet, or for eventual sale or consumption, or for any other purpose, any domestic animals or domestic fowl other than dogs or cats, commonly known as farm animals or fowl, including, but not limited to, chickens, chanticleers, roosters, ducks, geese, pigs, hogs, donkeys, mules, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, oxen, or any other animal or fowl suitable for slaughter or for the production of milk, eggs or fiber within the boundaries of the city, except any such animals or fowl kept for exhibition purposes by circuses, zoos and educational institutions in accordance with regulations established by the Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; horses of the police department; fish or crustaceans, or both being raised or produced in tanks inside of buildings that are located in nonresidential zoning districts only and that are otherwise in compliance with applicable provisions of this Code; and as otherwise provided in this chapter, chapter 42, article X (farmers' market) of this Code.
  3. A conviction of violation of the provisions of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $250.00 and not more than $1,000.00 for the first offense, a fine of not less than $500.00 and not more than $2,500.00 for the second offense, and a fine of not less than $1,000.00 and not more than $5,000.00 for the third and subsequent offenses. A corporation may be fined by the court in an amount not exceeding $5,000.00. (Code 1968, § 22-8; Ord. No. 03-075(sub 1), § 5, 12-4-03)

Source: Zoning Code

Contact the Zoning Officer, James Dipinto at 302-576-3040 for further information about variances.