Weed Control and Abatement

Buhl City Ordinance 4-5A-1: ANIMALS PROHIBITED WITHIN CITY; DECLARED NUISANCE:


A. Dangerous Animals: No person, firm, corporation or any other entity shall, at any time, keep or harbor, whether controlled or not, any reptile, insect or animal, including, but not limited to, venomous snakes, constricting snakes, frogs, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, spiders, poisonous insects, dogs or any other wild or domesticated animal, that has a propensity toward violence or aggressiveness or that poses the risk of attacking humans or other animals, within the limits of the city.

Dangerous Animals

Buhl City Ordinance 9-8-2: LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY:


A. Within any of the residential zoning districts of the city, which are located within the city limits, it shall be unlawful to use the land for the keeping or housing of poultry or livestock, except chickens (hens only) may be kept in the back yard of a residence subject to the following conditions:

  1. Permitted Location: Kept in a fenced in back yard of a residence.
  2. Roosters Prohibited: No roosters are allowed.
  3. Running At Large Prohibited: Not allowed to run at large.
  4. Prohibited Locations: Not allowed in front or side yards of the residence.
  5. Noncommercial Use Only: Kept for noncommercial use only, such as for family consumption, or 4-H or school projects, etc.
  6. Application: Any person or persons desiring to keep chickens on real property inside the city, regardless of the ownership of the real property where such chickens shall be kept or the ownership of the chickens themselves, must first file an application with the city.
  7. License Required: A license for keeping or maintaining chickens shall be granted subject to the application meeting the following specifications and requirements:

                    a. Four Or Less Chickens: For four (4) or fewer chickens the base application process will consist of the application form with name,

                        address, phone number, type and number of chickens and type and size of property where chickens are confined and ranged.

                    b. More Than Four Chickens: For more than four (4) but not to exceed ten (10) chickens with no more than one chicken per five    

                        hundred (500) square feet of open back yard space. The application process will consist of the application form with name,

                        address, phone number, type and number of chickens, type and size of property where chickens are confined and ranged and

                        written consent to such chicken license by at least seventy five percent (75%) of all the persons in possession of premises within

                        a radius of one hundred feet (100') of the premises upon which such chickens are to be maintained.

                    c. Fee: The application shall be accompanied by the deposit of a license fee set by resolution of the city council.

                    d. License Nontransferable; Addition To Number Of Chickens: Chicken license shall not be transferable to another location or to

                        other individuals and shall expire December 31 of the year issued. Whenever additions are made to the number of chickens for

                        which a chicken license has been issued, the licensee shall, within three (3) days, report to the office of the clerk-treasurer and

                        pay the required license fee; provided, however, that whenever chicks are hatched, such chicks shall not be counted in computing

                        the number allowed and the license fee until four (4) months old.

                    e. Renewal: Chicken licenses may be renewed upon expiration by filing an application and paying required fees.

                    f. Distance Requirements: All chicken enclosures must be at least ten feet (10') from any fence line, and be located in the back yard.

                    g. Free Range: Chickens are allowed to be free range in a fenced back yard.

                    h. Inspection; Right Of Entry: It shall be the duty of the code enforcement officer to inspect, or cause to be inspected, chicken

                        facilities for which licenses under this section have been issued as often as it may be necessary for the adequate control and

                        supervision of such facilities. The code enforcement officer, or designee, shall have the right to enter all such facilities at any

                        reasonable time for the purpose of making necessary investigations and inspections, and shall be charged with the responsibility

                        of enforcing and administering the provisions of this section.

                    i. Certain Dwellings And Facilities Prohibited: No permit will be issued for two-family dwellings (duplex), multi-family dwellings, or

                       commercial facilities.

     8.Nuisance Prohibited: The keeping of chickens shall not create a nuisance as defined in subsection 4-5A-1C of this code.

     9. Disposal Of Waste: The disposal of offal or waste materials from chickens and dead chickens are items excluded from city collection as

         defined in section 7-3-8 of this code.

   10. Complaint Procedures: Complaints regarding offensive animal related activities shall be handled by the code enforcement officer or the

         authorized representative in the following manner: Objections shall be reviewed upon receipt of a written complaint from any household

         located within three hundred feet (300') of the affected property. Said complaints shall set forth the nature of the objection.

   11. Complaint Investigation: Such complaints shall be investigated and findings reported, in writing. Standards for judging complaints shall

         include:

                 a. Noise in excess of that compatible with normal residential use (either in terms of volume or hours of occurrence).

                 b. Odors, flies or dust in excess of that compatible with normal residential use.

                 c. Trespassing of animals onto adjacent property.

                 d. Lack of maintenance of animal raising or grazing area. This includes, but is not limited to, cleanup of manure and proper repair of 

                     fencing or other enclosures.

   12. Action By Code Enforcement Officer: The code enforcement officer or the authorized representative, upon investigation and in consultation

         with area residents, may:

                a. Approve the situation as it exists.

                b. Require all or a portion of the animals to be eliminated.

                c. Impose appropriate restrictions such as, repair of fencing or other enclosures, limiting the location of animals on the property,

                    cleanup of manure, establishing a phase out period, or other measures to ensure compatibility with a residential setting.

                d. Action by the code enforcement officer shall become final fifteen (15) calendar days after the date of notification of the decision to

                    the affected party unless appealed to the city council.

   13. Appeals: Appeals shall be brought before the city council.


B. Poultry or livestock presently kept or maintained prior to passage of this title shall be allowed to continue subject to the restrictions set forth in chapter 5 of this title. (Ord. 973, 12-9-2013)

Livestock and poultry
Dogs Running at Large:

Buhl City Ordinance 4-5-5 RUNNING AT LARGE:


Except as provided by subsection 4-5-2D of this chapter, any person who owns, harbors or has in his or her control an animal, whether the animal is licensed or not, which animal is found at large upon the streets or alleys of the city, or in any public place in the city or upon any other premises without the consent of the person in possession of such premises, is responsible for such animal being at large and is in violation of this section; except:


A. When such animal is controlled by a leash not exceeding eight feet (8') in length.


B. Such animal be confined in a motor vehicle. (1974 Code § 8-118)

Animal Control

The City of Buhl ordinances can be found online at: http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=857
The City of Buhl has ordinances governing the keeping of dogs as well as other domestic animals, wild animals, dangerous animals, and a list of prohibited animals within the city limits of Buhl. All of the City of Buhl animal control ordinances can be found in Title 4, Chapter 5 and Title 9, Chapter 8, section 2 (regarding Livestock and Poultry). Below are some of the ordinances that are most commonly inquired about within the City of Buhl.


All dogs in the city of buhl are required to be licensed:

Buhl City Ordinance 4-5-2: DOGS:


A. License And Registration:

  1. Required: All dogs over the age of six (6) months, kept, harbored or maintained by any person in the city shall be licensed and   registered. (1974 Code § 8-117)
  2. Issuance: Dog licenses shall be issued by the city clerk-treasurer or any other person authorized by resolution of the city council to issue dog licenses (upon payment of a license fee in the amount set by resolution of the city council and approved by the mayor) for each dog. (1974 Code § 8-117; amd. 2010 Code)
  3. Required Information: The owner shall state, at the time application is made for such license, his name and address and the sex, breed and color of each dog owned by him.

Code Enforcement

Q. What do I need to do license my dog(s)?

A. If you have a dog over 6 months old, you must bring proof of rabies vaccination for the animal(s) to be licensed, as well as information on the sex, breed, color, and name of your dog. You must also provide your name and address. It's that easy!


Q. How much do dog licenses cost?

A. A dog license in the City of Buhl costs $15.00 per year, and is valid from January 1 to December 31 each year.


Q. What do I do if my dog is impounded?

A. If your dog is impounded, it will be taken to the Fairview Veterinary Clinic here in Buhl. You can either contact them directly at 543-2600 to verify that your dog is there, or contact dispatch at 735-1911 to speak to an officer. To get your dog out of impound, you must first pay a $25.00 impound fee (per dog) to the City of Buhl at the Clerk/Treasurer's Office, and also purchase a license if you do not already have one. Take your proof of payment to the Fairview Veterinary Clinic and the dog(s) will be released to you at that time.


Q. Will my dog be impounded automatically if it is at large?

A. Not necessarily. Officers of the Buhl Police Department work with owners of the animals to get them home safely. If the dog has a license on it's collar, every attempt will be made to contact the owner of the animal and return it directly to them without incurring impound fees. Also, if you call us and let us know that your dog is out and that you are actively looking for it, we may be able to help you find the animal and get it home, once again without being impounded.


Q. Can a cat be at large?

A. Unfortunately, no they cannot be considered at large, nor do we impound cats. Cats are considered a feral animal, which means they are not truly domesticated. We do not have ordinances regarding cats at large and generally do not respond to calls involving cats.


Q. Can I have livestock or fowl within the city limits?

A. As a general rule, no livestock is allowed to be kept in the city limits (see Ordinance 9-8-2), however, there are some exceptions to the ordinances which are listed in Ordinance Title 9, Chapter 5. Chickens are allowed in the city limits, in accordance with the ordinance listed above.


Q. Are Pot Bellied Pigs and Miniature Horses allowed in the city limits?

A. No, they are not. They are both considered livestock and fall under the provision of the ordinances listed above.


Q. How many dogs or cats am I allowed to have at one time?

A. Buhl City Ordinance 4-5-13 states that "It shall be unlawful to keep, maintain, harbor, or possess upon the premises of any one household more than four (4) dogs or cats, or any combination of such animals with a maximum of three (3) dogs, unless the owner or person in charge shall have obtained a non-commercial kennel license". This ordinance and the full provisions can be found in Ordinance 4-5-13.


Q. Why cant I park my vehicle on my lawn?

A. Buhl City Ordinance 9-13-3(H) prohibits parking of a vehicle in a front yard of a residence unless it is parked on a driveway that complies with the standards of the city ordinances regarding driveways.


Q. Will I be ticketed for parking my camp trailer or motor home on the street to load or unload for a trip?

A. No. Provision is given in the city ordinances regarding parking to have these vehicles parked for up to 72 hours for that purpose.


Q. I got a weed ordinance violation warning and/or a household goods warning violation. Am I automatically going to be cited or have a clean up on my property?

A. No. The warning notice is a simple request to bring the property into compliance with the city ordinances. You have ten (10) days from the date the warning is given to bring the property into compliance. If after the ten (10) day period, the property is still out of compliance you will then receive a Declaration of Violation and Order of Abatement. You will still have seven (7) days to bring the property into compliance. However, on the date listed for clean up on the Order of Abatement, the City of Buhl or their agent will clean up the property that is in violation, and the cost of the clean up will be assessed to the property taxes for the property. Additionally, a fine of $100.00 for violation of the ordinances can be assessed to the property owner.


Q. What if, after I get a violation warning from an officer, I bring the property into compliance within the ten (10) days?

A. Our officers will work closely with you during this process....all you need to do is call! If you bring the property into compliance, we will issue a letter of thanks, per the city ordinances, and no further action will be taken for that violation warning.


Q. Can an extension be granted to bring a property into compliance with the ordinances?

A. The Chief of Police can grant an extension for any violation warning, and if a person is making an effort to bring the property into compliance and is working steadily towards that goal, per the ordinances, an extension will be granted.


Q. I am physically unable to maintain my property, is there help available to me if I get a violation warning?

A. We maintain a list of local companies and individuals who will hire out to accomplish the work of bringing your property into compliance. There may also be civic or community organizations that would be willing to help you.

City of Buhl ordinances require that properties be kept free of all household items, equipment, machinery, motor vehicles and other miscellaneous items and rubbish. Officers of the Buhl Police Department and the Community Service Officer carry out education and enforcement of ordinances regarding these items and compliance with the ordinances.


City of Buhl ordinances require that all property be kept free from weeds. Officers of the Buhl Police Department and the Community Service Officer carry out education and enforcement of the ordinances with regard to weeds. Violations of the ordinance receive a ten (10) day notice to comply with the ordinance. After ten (10) days, if the property is not brought into compliance, an abatement order can be issued, and the property will be cleaned up by the city or their agent at the owner's expense. For More information regarding the procedure, see Buhl City Ordinance 3-3-2 to 3-3-5..


Buhl, Idaho

Buhl City Ordinance 5-2-5: COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN EXCESS OF THIRTY THOUSAND POUNDS:


No person shall park any commercial or industrial vehicle which has a licensed gross vehicle weight in excess of thirty thousand (30,000) pounds in the city except in commercial or industrial zoned districts or for purposes stated in subsection 5-2-4C of this chapter. (1974 Code § 7-205)

Parking of Vehicles in Residential Areas:
Destruction of Weeds

Buhl City Ordinance 3-4-2: HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND EQUIPMENT, MACHINERY, MOTOR VEHICLES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTY:


A. Upon Public Property: No person shall place, allow, discard, maintain, park or store any dismantled, abandoned, junked, damaged or destroyed household goods or equipment, "motor vehicles", "machinery" or "miscellaneous property" as herein defined upon any public street, alley, sidewalk or other public property within the city. (1974 Code § 5-502)


B. Upon Private Property:


     1. No person, whether he be owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise of any private property or premises shall place, allow, discard, maintain, park, store or permit to be placed, allowed, discarded, maintained, parked or stored upon said property or premises for a period of time exceeding forty eight (48) hours any dismantled, abandoned, junked, damaged or destroyed "household goods and equipment", "motor vehicles", "machinery" or "miscellaneous property" as herein defined; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any property or premises where said household goods and equipment, motor vehicles, machinery or miscellaneous property is housed within an enclosed building thereon.

Household Goods and Equipment, Machinery, Motor Vehicles and Miscellaneous Property:

Buhl Police Department

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Buhl City Ordinance 3-3-1: WEEDS TO BE DESTROYED:


A. Duty To Destroy, Cut Down, Weed Out And Obliterate; Notice: Every person, company or corporation residing or doing business within the corporate limits of the city who shall reside or conduct any business in or upon any lot, lots, lands or premises within the corporate limits of the city, either as owner, tenant, lessee, or merely as occupant of any such lots, lands or premises as well, and all persons, companies or corporations, whether resident or nonresident owner, or owners, of any lot, lands or premises within the corporate limits of the city shall, at all times and continuously, after being given ten (10) days' notice, during the time and dates hereinafter stated, destroy, cut down, weed out, and obliterate all such weeds and noxious weeds, grasses and growths growing or starting to grow on any such lots, lands or premises, as well as shall such person or persons, company or corporation during the time hereinafter stated, keep continuously cut down, weeded out, destroyed, and obliterated all such weeds and noxious weeds, grasses and growths from and off all that part or portion of said lots, lands, and premises which lie and are situated between the property line of such respective lots, lands or premises so owned, used or occupied by such person, persons, company or corporation, and to the centerline of all streets or alleys running or lying immediately adjacent or contiguous to such lots, lands or premises so owned, used or occupied by such person, persons, company or corporation. That portion of land or premises herein last referred to includes the sidewalk ground as well as the parking ground fronting, adjacent or contiguous to any such lots, lands, or premises.


Buhl City Ordinance 5-2-4: PARKING OF VEHICLES IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS:


A. Prohibited: No person shall park upon the streets in any residential area within the city:

  1. Any vehicle, either motorized or unmotorized, having a gross weight capacity in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds' gross weight or a vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeding twenty two feet (22') in length; or
  2. Any trailer regardless of type; or
  3. Any motor home, mobile home, or recreational vehicle, either motorized or unmotorized for more than seventy two (72) hours; or
  4. Any vehicle designed or used primarily as farm equipment, whether attended or unattended, upon the streets in any residential area within the city for a period in excess of two (2) hours.


B. Time Limitation: No person shall park any vehicle upon the streets in any residential area within the city limits for a continuous period in excess of seventy two (72) hours. In addition, at the expiration of the seventy two (72) hour time limit, it is required that the vehicle be removed from the block, or more than five hundred feet (500'), whichever is farther from the location at which it was previously parked in the residential zone.


C. Exceptions: The provisions of subsections A and B of this section shall not apply when a vehicle is parked:

  1. For the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, materials or merchandise when such passengers, materials or merchandise are actually being loaded or unloaded.
  2. For any purpose incident to any lawful construction project located within the immediate vicinity of such parked vehicle.
  3. For any purpose incident to a lawful commercial or industrial operation located in any residential area and conducted under the conditional use permit and so long as the vehicle is parked within one hundred feet (100') of such commercial or industrial operation. (1974 Code § 7-204)