Lubbock CODE OF ORDINANCES - Chapter 4 - Animals



Section 4-25. Bee-Keeping.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or allow bees, or their hives within the city limits, except honey bees may be kept if the following conditions are met:

  1. All hives shall be located a minimum of thirty (30) feet from any property line or enclosed in a fenced area;
  2. There shall be no more than four (4) hives per city lot;
  3. There is an adequate source of water within twenty (20) feet of all hives; and
  4. Location of three (3) or more hives per city lot shall require written permission to be obtained from the owners of all adjoining property; and 
  5. There may be maintained one nucleus for each two (2) colonies.  The nucleus shall not exceed one ten-frame hive body.  Each nucleus shall be disposed of within sixty (60) days after it is acquired.

(b) All hives that are in existence upon final passage of this chapter shall be exempt from subsections 4-25(a) (2) and (4) upon registration of such hives with the city health department.

Section 4-26. Keeping of other animals; nuisance conditions.

(a) The keeping of more than the maximum number of animals permitted by the zoning ordinance of the City of Lubbock shall be a nuisance.

(b) The keeping or causing to be kept any chickens, geese, ducks, guineas, pigeons, rabbits or any other such animals in pens or enclosed areas in such a manner as to become offensive to other persons living nearby is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

(c) All manure and other excrement shall be disposed of in such a manner as to prevent it from becoming offensive to other persons living nearby.

(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any truck, trailer, or other vehicle that has been used for the hauling of livestock, animals or fowl in a residential area of the City of Lubbock when notified by a city enforcement officer that such behicle is creating a nuisance due to odors, gases or fumes.  Upon such notification, the owner, operator, driver or other person responsible for such vehicle shall move such vehicle to a location ouside of any residential area of the city.

(e) It shall be unlawful for any person to transport slop, garbage or other refuse over any alley, street or highway within the corporate limits of the city for the purpose of feeding hogs or swine within the city.

Section 4-27. Keeping of hogs or swine.

It shall be unlawful for any person other than a veterinarian to keep any live hog within the city limits, except in the hereinafter named locations, for a longer period than twenty-four (24) hours.  This section shall not prohibit the keeping of one pure bred Vietnamese potbellied pig with appropriate documentation as to breeding, which papers shall be kept available for inspection by appropriate officials.

Section 4-28. Authorized locations for keeping hogs or swine.

[The following locations are authorized for the keeping of hogs or swine:]

  1. Beginning at the intersection of Avenue "A" and 15th Street; thence south on Avenue "A" to 16th Street; thence west on 16th Street to Avenue "B"; thence north on Avenue "B" to 15th Street; thence east on 15th Street to the point of beginning.
  2. The campus and grounds of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University and the Monerey High School Ag Farm.
  3. The Panhandle South Plains Fair Grounds, when hogs are kept thereon for exhibition purposes.

Section 4-29. Hog pens, barns, stables and other facilities.

All hog pens, barns, stables and other facilities shall meet the requirements of the city building code, zoning ordinance, and the general design standards, specifications, and operating procedures for animal establishments.


(Ord. No. 9485, 1, 11-14-91)